View Full Version : Dropping The Subframe??

01-28-2011, 01:51 PM
Ok so i found a kit on ECS Tuning that has a new oil pump, pick-up tube, screen, oil, and filter for $164. To replace this I was told the subframe must be dropped. Is this hard? How do I attempt to do it? Audi says it is a 5 to 6 our job so that about $700 not counting parts which I bet won't be as cheap as I found them for. Thanks for the input.

Matt C
01-28-2011, 02:14 PM

This is how it is done on the B6 which I assume is very similar to the B5. Overall it is not terribly difficult, but it is time consuming. You will need an alignment when it is all said and done. On a scale of 1-10 I would say it is a solid 4.

01-28-2011, 02:26 PM
Thanks for the info, but is that really dropping the subframe? One guy on that thread said he justs drops the subframe instead of doing all that? Looks like a lot for me..but damn the dealership is gonna have me walking out with a limp lol!

Matt C
01-28-2011, 03:13 PM
To get the oil pan out you need to drop the subframe - that is why you need the engine hoist. If you dropped the subframe without supporting the engine the engine and everything below it would end up on the ground. It really isn't as daunting as it seems. It is a 4 hour job for a first-timer....

01-28-2011, 03:46 PM
Much easier if you have access to a lift.

01-28-2011, 03:48 PM
The snub mount on the B6 and B5 are different. Unbolting the snub mount on the B5 will allow you to lift the motor though, it will just stay in place instead of coming completely out.



01-28-2011, 04:06 PM
speaking of the snub mount with pictures, I tried to take the old snub out, couldn't do it.
Took off all the screws and played around with it, pryed it a bit, wont come off.
Now that I look at the picture, is to possible to push the rubber further into the metal casing? (then pull it all down)

Sorry for the thread jack, but to the OP, try a diy.
Avoid the dealership at all costs at lest.

01-28-2011, 04:27 PM
I wanna try this, Im gonna try to get access to a lift. It just kills me that the kit to fix it is $164 and the dealer would charge about $800 in labor not too mention parts.

01-29-2011, 01:30 PM
it's a lot better if you use an engine support that goes between the inner fenders than a full cherry picker.
Look at harbor freight for one. I have used it for several oil pan jobs and clutch jobs.