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Fastbird
09-29-2014, 05:11 PM
Hey all, new member who just picked up a 2005 A6 3.2 Quattro. Bought the car for $3500 with 178K miles but an absolutely phenomenally clean interior and a very very good exterior. Car needs upper timing tensioners at a minimum.

Good thing I'm an ASE tech who's very comfortable working on the more involved stuff. [:D]

Got the car home today, it's dirty as sin from sitting for the past 2 months but the paint is really good for the mileage. Dark blue over a light tan interior, a very beautiful combo.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/0929141251_zps3363e920.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/0929141251_zps3363e920.jpg.html)

Got right to work today:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/0929141819_zps7d5ed952.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/0929141819_zps7d5ed952.jpg.html)

Passenger side cover off. Cams look to still be in alignment with each other, will know for sure once I get the tools in to lock them in place. Passenger side valve cover coming off tomorrow.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/0929141819a_zps1df37dc0.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/0929141819a_zps1df37dc0.jpg.html)

Visually checking right now to see if motor is still in time or if it jumped at all. Previous owner said car was started, racket was immediately heard, car was shut down and towed to dealership who quoted over $6K to R&R ALL timing chains/tensioners. Had car towed home, was not run at all. I'm anticipating (hoping) to escape with just doing upper tensioners.

Right now I don't know if I'm going to keep or flip the car. I've had a soft spot for these since they came out in 05 (wife and I were VERY close to buying a new 06 but decided to hold off dropping that kind of money) and would love to daily drive this, but the prospect of making a couple of easy grand to put towards a fund to buy back a Corvette I was forced into selling in 2010 is very enticing too. Will get this running first and see how it goes from there I guess. More to come, will post some interior pics and progress of the engine work tomorrow. The interior really makes this one, it's so freaking spotless.

v8a6
09-29-2014, 05:35 PM
Very nice!

Will be cool to see you bring this car back to life.

discoverdeath
09-29-2014, 09:29 PM
I've seen in some cases customers that neglect this motor in some cases have seen the rear tension elements crack and come apart. Best way to tell I zap off the black covers use a bore scope and peak around. Would be badass to see a 2.7 in this car.... Perfect chassis for it.

Fastbird
09-30-2014, 08:40 AM
I'll be popping the rear covers off soon. I know for sure it needs tensioners (has the audible diesel sounding chain slap).

Just got back from the audi dealership in town, got a nearly complete service history from 34K miles on. Has a carbon cleaning done at 155K so just over 20k miles ago, and had the ABS module already replaced at 120K. Nothing really major sticking out in the service history, just minor stuff otherwise.

Fastbird
09-30-2014, 11:56 AM
Got the passenger side cover off today:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/0930141341_zps0a89e73f.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/0930141341_zps0a89e73f.jpg.html)

Rear Cam covers are off too:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/0930141342_zps25a405e2.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/0930141342_zps25a405e2.jpg.html)

And the good news........looks like everything is still in time correctly based off the positioning of these cams on the drivers side:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/0930141342a_zpsf615d456.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/0930141342a_zpsf615d456.jpg.html)

And now I pause. Ordering the tool set today. Probably going to have to wait a couple of weeks to order the timing tensioners (wifey has a wedding in NJ she's leaving for this week and will be gone 10 days, have to spend on that first I guess, lol).

But......man is this interior nice for the mileage.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/DSC_1589_zps8a943507.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/DSC_1589_zps8a943507.jpg.html)

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/DSC_1593_zps85613fc8.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/DSC_1593_zps85613fc8.jpg.html)

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/DSC_1594_zps8f9e41d1.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/DSC_1594_zps8f9e41d1.jpg.html)

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/DSC_1595_zps6b11dcb8.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/DSC_1595_zps6b11dcb8.jpg.html)

Only real flaws I can find are the drivers door panel, there's a crack in the main part below and behind the arm rest.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/DSC_1596_zps15c39176.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/DSC_1596_zps15c39176.jpg.html)

FL C6 Avant
09-30-2014, 12:57 PM
hey man- glad you sealed the deal and great news (so far) that nothing jumped on timing.
credit to the PO for taking the sounds of imminent death seriously.
you have the audi service history (good). The heads tell the story for me.
i would not put this engine in the clean category. thankfully not a lot of sludge, but way too much varnish.
my suspicion is that the previous owner(s?) believed the audi myth about 10k oci.
please, for the benefit of all post side by side pics of the old and new tensioners.
there is also a good reading thread about the tensioner subject over on AW.

Fastbird
09-30-2014, 02:15 PM
I will make sure to do side by sides on the new tensioners.

As for the motor......it's no worse than expected IMO given the mileage. I was just happy to not find it caked with sludge.

The AW tensioner thread is actually What made me pull the trigger. Good info for sure.

Fastbird
10-01-2014, 11:53 AM
Broke down the RPO codes via http://igorweb.org/equidec/default.aspx last night. Saw Bluetooth prep listed. Went out and checked and sure enough my phone paired right up. Not planning to stream bluetooth music because it NEVER sounds good to me, so I'm pleased with that as-is.

Since I'll be waiting a short time before ordering tensioners, I'll probably start a wet-sand and general cleanup of the slightly oxidized headlight lenses this coming weekend. Nothing going to happen to the car for the next 2 1/2 days though because I'm working tonight and tomorrow night (6P to 6A).

Fastbird
10-04-2014, 01:43 PM
Blah, weather turned, it's cold and rainy, and my garage is full so nothing doing on the Audi right now. Just ordered the tensioners and valve cover gaskets, so will hopefully have those in around the end of next week. Tools are being delivered on Monday, so Wednesday on my next subsequent day off I"ll have everything locked in place and probably staged to drop the new tensioners in.

MainlandMig
10-04-2014, 07:38 PM
Very nice!

Will be cool to see you bring this car back to life.

+1
love how u post pics.. keep them coming
car interior looks clean and exterior should clean up nicely w a proper detail
that crack on the door panel is a very common issue to early c6 years..its not the previous owners mishandling
if you were closer to NJ i would offer u a new set of OEM 18s on the cheap
welcome to the forum.. u will find a ton of info here
wish u a speedy tune up and alot of fun rides with the c6

captain_video
10-05-2014, 07:42 AM
I will make sure to do side by sides on the new tensioners.

As for the motor......it's no worse than expected IMO given the mileage. I was just happy to not find it caked with sludge.

The AW tensioner thread is actually What made me pull the trigger. Good info for sure.
Can you post a link to that thread? I've also got an '05 A6 3.2 and the extended warranty ran out on it last year. I'm starting to do my own maintenance and I'm looking for any info on things that will need to be done to keep this beast alive. One of the things I read was that the tensioners will need to be replaced at some point so I'd like to learn as much as I can to prepare myself for the eventuality.

c@@kieMonsta
10-05-2014, 10:42 AM
Saw Bluetooth prep listed. Went out and checked and sure enough my phone paired right up. Not planning to stream bluetooth music because it NEVER sounds good to me, so I'm pleased with that as-is.

Unless I'm wrong(hoping I am lol), the Bluetooth prep is for phone calls only. No music streaming. Just wasn't something available back then.

Fastbird
10-05-2014, 01:21 PM
Can you post a link to that thread? I've also got an '05 A6 3.2 and the extended warranty ran out on it last year. I'm starting to do my own maintenance and I'm looking for any info on things that will need to be done to keep this beast alive. One of the things I read was that the tensioners will need to be replaced at some point so I'd like to learn as much as I can to prepare myself for the eventuality.
Here you go: http://www.audiworld.com/forums/a6-s6-c6-platform-discussion-58/diy-a6-3-2-upper-timing-chain-tensioner-replacement-2861500/

Unless I'm wrong(hoping I am lol), the Bluetooth prep is for phone calls only. No music streaming. Just wasn't something available back then.
Yeah, not a big deal for me. I have found BT streaming to muddle the sound on every car I have tried it on, both with OEM and aftermarket stereos. I'll take a usb or iPod hard connection any day over streamed bt.

Fastbird
10-07-2014, 03:45 PM
Tools are in, and it's not a fluke. The El Paso tools sold "Baum" tool kit does include the crank turning tool now.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1007141834_zpsdf91e105.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1007141834_zpsdf91e105.jpg.html)

And I got a parts shipment notice and tracking number today. Ordered the parts from Parts VP whom I found searching around for the best deal. Left side tensioner was $219, right side was $151, and valve cover gaskets were $18.99 each side (same as aftermarket via big box stores).

Has anyone noticed on ebay you can get BOTH tensioners, aftermarket chinese manufactured, for $200 for the pair? I was tempted, but didn't want to trust the engine to a chinese knock off. I'm sure their customer support would be phenomenal when one lets loose while driving and tanks the entire valvetrain. Not.

Fastbird
10-08-2014, 11:50 AM
Not good. Been working on it. Rotating the motor around by hand, and the drivers side cams were skipping just rolling it over by hand. Got them around, locked down, phasers removed, and passenger side was off. Dropped a rod down into #1 and when I lined up the cams, the rod had dropped probably 1" into the head. So passenger side was out too. I don't have high hopes at this point for it being a quick clean fix. Gotta get the crank locked before I try to bust the cam phasers free on the passenger side.

Fastbird
10-08-2014, 01:57 PM
Both tensioners out, cams locked, Crank is as close to TDC as I can make it using the rod down the spark plug hole "technique", lol.

Drivers side tensioner was completely trashed. Piston completely sunk in bore, no tension at all, guides torn up or missing (fished one from down low).

Passenger side tensioner was in good shape, but strangely, passenger side seems to be the side that was off also. Both cams were about 1/8 turn or so off from the front piston on the passenger side being at TDC.

I'm hesitant to go further. I'd need to put the new tensioners in and line everything up in order to compression test, but that runs the risk of having to recompress and potentially trash the new tensioners if I end up doing a pull. I didn't do a compression test prior simply for the fact that I didn't want to potentially bend valves in the first place.

The good news, or bad news possibly, is that when I was rotating the motor over by hand, I was not getting any resistant spots. I guess I'm still hoping it was close enough to being in time that nothing it. Looking back at the previous pictures, the way the cams are sitting, if I'd have simply backed up the motor about 1/4 of a turn, I'd have gotten the cams all lined up together very potentially in time. BUT, that would have been contingent of IF tension was maintained on the chains which it wasn't.

Will get some pics up shortly.

I guess what I'm going to shoot for at this point is grabbing a long 6mm allen socket, and pinning the crank at TDC, then go back together as-is for a compression test and take my chances on the tensioners. If the compression test comes back bad, then I'll probably just yank the motor and go through it.

For those of you who HAVE replaced valves on these, did you end up having to have new guides pressed in or were they within tolerances?

Fastbird
10-08-2014, 04:53 PM
Ok, here's pics:

Passenger side cams locked.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1008141832_zpsfc553a10.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1008141832_zpsfc553a10.jpg.html)

I had to use the tool to hold the phasers to keep the crank from turning. Worked well.

Drivers side cams locked. These were in time by what the rod in #1 was telling me:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1008141832b_zpsacccbcb8.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1008141832b_zpsacccbcb8.jpg.html)

Back of Passenger head.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1008141832a_zps81a5ede8.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1008141832a_zps81a5ede8.jpg.html)

Back of driver head:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1008141832c_zpsf3c94b6a.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1008141832c_zpsf3c94b6a.jpg.html)

Lots of room to work with, that's for sure.

Here's the tensioners:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1008141833_zps4ccb8df2.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1008141833_zps4ccb8df2.jpg.html)

Passenger on top obviously. The drivers side one the piston is COMPLETELY compressed and not coming out.

Now what's got me REALLY perplexed. Looking at the intake cam for the passenger side head, you can't see the lobes, I.E. it doesn't look like the rockers are on the base circle of the cam. Yet, this is supposed to be the TDC servicing position for the cams. I find this odd considering #1 is supposed to be at TDC yet it looks like the #1 intake valves are very close to if not open to a degree.

Fastbird
10-08-2014, 05:05 PM
Now here's where I'm struggling. Going back to the following two pics below, you'll see the Passenger side head (top) and drivers side head (bottom) right after I got the car home and the valve covers off.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/0929141819a_zps1df37dc0.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/0929141819a_zps1df37dc0.jpg.html)

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/0930141342a_zpsf615d456.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/0930141342a_zpsf615d456.jpg.html)

Looking at the relative position of the screw holes for the cams, would you guys agree that the cams themselves were in time together? To me it looks like if I backed the motor up just a bit, the four cams would have been able to be locked in with the tools without any adjusting. But once I rotated the motor around by hand they got out of whack ALTHOUGH, no resistance was met moving around by hand. So I'm left wondering if A, due to the nature of how the crank pulls on the chain from the bottom for the drivers side, if things remained in time and just got out while cranking by hand, or B, if it already bent valves and hence, I was met with no resistance.

Still doesn't explain why the Passenger side cams were BEHIND the crank in reference to #1 TDC though. I rolled the cams to upright by hand and watched the rod drop into the #1 spark plug well as I did. Backed them out about 1/5 of a turn or so and the rod came back to TDC (Drivers side chain/tensioner/phasers were already apart at this point).

Fastbird
10-09-2014, 10:45 AM
Not happy. Because of VAG's insistence on using those damn allen head bolts everywhere, and they always strip when they're in a location exposed to the elements for any length of time, I now have a stripped crank pin hole plug and no way to get it out to lock the crank. Never fails with those bolts.

Fastbird
10-09-2014, 11:02 AM
Here's pics of the plug for future reference for anyone because I could not for the life of me find one on the web anywhere:

This is laying down looking up on the drivers side at the motor mount, essentially directly under the mount. That's the swaybar in the foreground:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1009141308_zps24062195.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1009141308_zps24062195.jpg.html)

This is looking from forward of and slightly to the side of the motor mount, looking at it slightly from the side:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1009141308a_zpsf40f5e6d.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1009141308a_zpsf40f5e6d.jpg.html)

I was able to easily reach in from BEHIND the rear cradle and reach all the way up to the plug, and using a short flex head ratched and 6mm standard length allen socket get it in there. Then pull on the ratchet that way or reaching up from the bottom. But mine just stripped right out, frustratingly.

Storm33
10-09-2014, 11:24 AM
Thanks for your detailed documentation of this project. I'm afraid that I can't be of any help, but want to give [up][up] for your effort! I'm sure that this will be helpful to others. I'll refer this thread to another AZ member who has been through these engines and see if he can pop in for some advice.

Keep it up, brother! [wrench]

Fastbird
10-09-2014, 11:59 AM
Hmmm.....Any reason why I would NOT be able to back the motor up too far? I'm trying to get VERY precise in finding TCD on #1 (and #6 too it would appear by my checking) and I can watch the rod poking through #1 rise as I SLOWLY crank the engine backwards and then THUD.....it just stops. Does NOT seem to be hitting any valves though as I could feel no impact on the cams at any of the cylinders where valves are open. And it's not moving far enough to bring any of the other pistons up top either. Thoughts?

Fastbird
10-09-2014, 03:59 PM
Some more digging, and I've got to say, I question whether or not the crank locking pin actually locks the crank with #1 at TDC. I say this because with the camshafts locked in place, have a gander at the positioning of the intake valves for #1 (top cam, far right in the pic below):

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1009141841a_zpsc6665433.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1009141841a_zpsc6665433.jpg.html)

Look closely at the valve spring you can see on the 2nd lobe. It's compressed. There's ZERO way that the intake valves for #1 would be open with the cylinder at TDC. #6 is completely closed on both I and E sides, but #1 is definitely hanging I valves open. I'm wondering now if the crank locking pin holds the crank at a piston neutral position where all pistons are sufficiently off TDC. That's the only thing I can think of at this point. Still can't find any solid information that specifies this should be the #1 TDC position, just seeing assumptions on it. Even elsawin doesn't make a specification, just says "lock the crank with the cams in the proper position."

Fastbird
10-13-2014, 08:54 AM
Finally opened the box with the parts that I picked up from UPS on Friday. Two tensioners, two valve cover gaskets. UPS did a number on the box, it got tossed around so much that both tensioners had punched through the side of their respective individual boxes. Nothing broken though. Ordered from PartsVP who sourced parts from Audi Arlington in VA. $219 for left side, $151 for right side, $19 each for valve cover gaskets. Best prices I could find.

UNFORTUNATELY, it has decided to rain today and forecasted for tomorrow, my two days off until Friday this week. Kind of frustrating. Don't think I'm going to be able to get anything done these next couple of days.

Polar Express
10-14-2014, 02:31 PM
I got my '05 A6 3.2 a year ago, and the fella I bought it from buys cars, repairs them and then sells them. I saw this car before he did the timing components, and took delivery after. He told me he had to remove the engine from the car. Can anyone shed some insight on this?

PE

Fastbird
10-14-2014, 03:14 PM
I got my '05 A6 3.2 a year ago, and the fella I bought it from buys cars, repairs them and then sells them. I saw this car before he did the timing components, and took delivery after. He told me he had to remove the engine from the car. Can anyone shed some insight on this?

PE
If he did all four timing chains and all associated parts, then yes, motor comes out or trans has to be dropped.

Fastbird
10-17-2014, 09:24 AM
Back in the saddle. Time to get this figured out.

First order of business, get the front right motor mount out so we can get the stripped crank lock plug out.

Have to drop the sway bar, not remove. Four 13mm bolts with my impact driver and they were right out.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1017141107_zpseed45194.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1017141107_zpseed45194.jpg.html)

Found it interesting how the motor mount has the sway mount integrated with it.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1017141107a_zps2776a4fa.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1017141107a_zps2776a4fa.jpg.html)

Now, there are TWO spots I could see that needed support. The first was the motor obviously. A piece of wood and a jack under the pan with just a bit of tension was fine. The second spot, which I'm not positive if it was needed, was under the cradle on the right (in the picture you can see the jack). You're removing the long bolt that goes through both the mount AND the front cradle mount, so better safe than sorry.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1017141122_zps98c0ebd2.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1017141122_zps98c0ebd2.jpg.html)

18mm sockets on all three bolts and a.....16mm I believe on the mount stud itself, and it's out. I took the LONG bolt that went through the mount and cradle and ran it all the way back in as an extra safety measure, though it's not pictured below.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1017141122a_zps04b6fa3d.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1017141122a_zps04b6fa3d.jpg.html)

Four 8mm allen head bolts later (a LONG allen head socket and short extension and I broke all but the upper rear loose with ease, the upper rear required a short regular sized allen socket and 3" extension to get to due to the cradle interference) and I've got unrestricted access to the bane of this issue.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1017141136_zps89a68b59.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1017141136_zps89a68b59.jpg.html)

Most of that fresh oil is from removing the rear cam covers. It just dumped down.

So.....after some fiddling and frustrations, thinking that this thing was WAY out of time, I realized I was pre-positioning the lock pin too far in. I backed it out some and the crank swung far enough forward and I was able to work the crank forward with one hand while keeping a slight drag on the counterweight with the lock pin until I felt it free up and start screwing in again. As stated in the manuals, some slight back and forth wiggling of the crank while screwing the lock pin in ensures it goes in ALL the way. Once it's fully in, the crank will not move at all.

As Jesse would say if any of you are Breaking Bad fans....."Yeah B*tch!"

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/Fastbird93/Audi%20A6/1017141204a_zps139c74dc.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/Fastbird93/media/Audi%20A6/1017141204a_zps139c74dc.jpg.html)

On to the cam tensioners now.

Some notes I've made while researching others attempts as well as some picking through elsawin.

*If you pre-tension the cam phasers and they move a bunch, your crank was pinned in the wrong place as it shouldn't move at all and that's the only way the phasers will move a bunch during pretensioning.

*When you're pre-tensioning........you're taking up the slack from the side of the chain opposite the tensioner. This is to allow the tensioner to take up all the slack it can and ensure things are where they are supposed to be considering timing.

I mention these because I saw some confusion in previous posts about it.

Fastbird
10-17-2014, 01:34 PM
Two times around the world on the engine by hand and all timing locks went right back into place (both sets of cams and the crank lock).

On to the compression test. ALL cylinders between 150 and 165. No bent valves there!

Putting it back together now. Hopefully all is copacetic when I go to start later this weekend.

Fastbird
10-18-2014, 04:02 PM
Well the moment of truth has come and gone.

She fired up and initially ran smooth, then started misfiring like a mofo, as indicated by the flashing CEL and REALLY rough idle. I was hoping it would smooth out but shut it down after about a minute.

Fired it up again a couple minutes later, and all is copacetic. I figure it was a combination of repressurizing the direct injection manifold and burning off the oil that was let into a few cylinders from the prior leaky valve covers.

I have to say that I'm actually pretty surprised how easy this was to work on considering the work that was being done. Minimal parts removal (I didn't even crack the cooling system open), readily open access at the back of the motor, and fairly well though out technical details, though the information wasn't readily available.

Now the tough part. As much as I want to keep it for myself, I have a nasty little Twin Turbo C5 Corvette I'm trying to repurchase after being forced into selling it in 2010. And this car if sold would give me a big chunk towards that. I posted an ad locally and will see if I get a bite, and if I don't, I won't worry too much. We'll leave it at that, lol. My wife told me to sell our Pacifica so she could keep it for herself (she sat in it for the first time and IMMEDIATELY fell in love) to which I told her no freaking way, it's mine if we keep it!

b8audis4
10-19-2014, 05:40 AM
Congrats!

Fastbird
10-19-2014, 06:41 AM
Thank you! I was admittedly blown away by the interior lighting at night when I drove it last night. What a just attractive car all the way around.