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Wish151
12-18-2014, 01:38 PM
Hello, as you can tell I'm probably the newest person on this forum. I bought this A4 for a daily, mainly because of the AWD and how cheap the car was. I have never owned an Audi or any German car so bare with me on this little mini build. I bought the car knowing it needed a power steering line fixed and a rear wheel bearing. After getting the vehicle home it needs so much more than just a power steering line and a wheel bearing. There's a centimeter sized crack in my oil pan, the interior is shot, and my headlights don't work. I am doing all the work myself, which brings me to my first question. My headlights are not the factory lights. From the research I have done so far it looks like I have Depo lights. My highbeams and marker lights work but there are absolutely no low beams. I can see cut wires, the one d2s bulb socket has all kinds of corrosion in it. The other socket has no corrosion and it still doesn't work. Am I going to just need to get a new set of lights or is this mess fixable. I am currently at work and these are the only pictures I have. I plan on taking the lights off and checking fuses tonight to see if I can see anything more. Like I said I'll have better pictures later, I just want to get the ball rolling now.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps7273966c.jpg
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps4cdf4ace.jpg


Here are some pictures of the car!
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps74397d10.jpg
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps6c460e5e.jpg
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps142b3c72.jpg

Articus
12-18-2014, 03:12 PM
Are they D2S bulbs? h
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31QIruetzjL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

or H7?
http://www.h7bulb.com/images/h7bulb.jpg

If they are indeed D2S (I thought Depo lights was H7) do you have ballast for them? HID/Xenon need ballast so perhaps your low beams are not even connected if you don't have ballast.

viceprp
12-18-2014, 03:26 PM
What wheels are they?

coolgraymemo
12-18-2014, 03:28 PM
Enkei RPF1

seanf86
12-18-2014, 04:38 PM
what year is the car? those are facelift lights and that car is definately not a facelift car so the wiring looks like it has been hacked in. I'm going to venture a guess and say its a 97 2.8 sohc? of the wires that are cut where is the rest of the wiring? is there an aftermarket hid kit lurking in there somewhere? hopefully its just the lower oil pan thats cracked, those are about $50 and pretty easy to change, the upper oil pan however is not a fun job.

Bordom
12-18-2014, 05:24 PM
what year is the car? those are facelift lights and that car is definately not a facelift car so the wiring looks like it has been hacked in. I'm going to venture a guess and say its a 97 2.8 sohc? of the wires that are cut where is the rest of the wiring? is there an aftermarket hid kit lurking in there somewhere? hopefully its just the lower oil pan thats cracked, those are about $50 and pretty easy to change, the upper oil pan however is not a fun job.

It's a 96. No lower door moldings. Although, The front fender looks to be 97 b/c of those lower moldings. Maybe front end collision, or all the trim fell off

seanf86
12-18-2014, 05:25 PM
96 had wide euro plate trunk, I guessed 97 cause of that

Wish151
12-18-2014, 08:02 PM
The car is a 97. There is some kind of molding missing on the bottom of the doors, there's little nubs the whole way down the car.
So, I took my headlights out and found the ballast on the bottom of the lights. Also, the connector that has 3 wires left, only has 3 pins where it plugs into.
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsb5ad0b8f.jpg

I take it this guy is most likely my issue. Do I have to get the same ballast or can I just buy a different set of HIDs?

Power steering got fixed tonight as well. It's whining quite a bit. I'm going to let all the air bubbles come up overnight and see if it quiets up. I hope the pump didn't get ruined from being dry for so long. I made sure to use mineral fluid aka liquid gold [o_o]

alexvanlewen
12-18-2014, 10:02 PM
Oh, so you want to sell me your headlight washers?

Bordom
12-18-2014, 10:42 PM
96 had wide euro plate trunk, I guessed 97 cause of that

Ah, didn't see the lower door trim nubs.


The car is a 97. There is some kind of molding missing on the bottom of the doors, there's little nubs the whole way down the car.
So, I took my headlights out and found the ballast on the bottom of the lights. Also, the connector that has 3 wires left, only has 3 pins where it plugs into.
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsb5ad0b8f.jpg

I take it this guy is most likely my issue. Do I have to get the same ballast or can I just buy a different set of HIDs?

Power steering got fixed tonight as well. It's whining quite a bit. I'm going to let all the air bubbles come up overnight and see if it quiets up. I hope the pump didn't get ruined from being dry for so long. I made sure to use mineral fluid aka liquid gold [o_o]

I'd go with an aftermarket HID setup that has CAN-Bus on it to regulate electrical flow. Should be about $130 for the pair. OEM Ballasts are stupid expensive.

Articus
12-18-2014, 10:44 PM
The car is a 97. There is some kind of molding missing on the bottom of the doors, there's little nubs the whole way down the car.
So, I took my headlights out and found the ballast on the bottom of the lights. Also, the connector that has 3 wires left, only has 3 pins where it plugs into.
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsb5ad0b8f.jpg

I take it this guy is most likely my issue. Do I have to get the same ballast or can I just buy a different set of HIDs?
[o_o]


Cool So thats definetly a psuedo OEM D2S kit. The wires that have been severed from your headlight connector thing are the headlight level motor wires (Power, Ground, Control Signal) for the autoleveling system on the S4s. You don't need them/can't use them without a bit of DIY.

Those OEM ballast are worth a decent amount $100-$200 used so please keep them until you are certain they are broken for your sake. Considering that not one but both low beams are not working, I would like to consider that the ballast are not getting power. I think the contact inside the headlight switch that sends power to the low beams is broken or melted out of shape (this can happen because all the current for both low beams passes through this contact in the side of the steering wheel, its not relay control from the battery like many more modern cars. A weak point so to speak.

Check the switch first. Voltmeter etc.

Wish151
12-19-2014, 08:09 AM
Cool So thats definetly a psuedo OEM D2S kit. The wires that have been severed from your headlight connector thing are the headlight level motor wires (Power, Ground, Control Signal) for the autoleveling system on the S4s. You don't need them/can't use them without a bit of DIY.

Those OEM ballast are worth a decent amount $100-$200 used so please keep them until you are certain they are broken for your sake. Considering that not one but both low beams are not working, I would like to consider that the ballast are not getting power. I think the contact inside the headlight switch that sends power to the low beams is broken or melted out of shape (this can happen because all the current for both low beams passes through this contact in the side of the steering wheel, its not relay control from the battery like many more modern cars. A weak point so to speak.

Check the switch first. Voltmeter etc.

Thank you for the help, I really appreciate it! I will test the switch today.

viceprp
12-19-2014, 08:55 AM
Enkei RPF1

I knew that, didn't know if someone made knock offs. I'D trade a fresh powder coat (aNY color) b6 a4 5 spokes for those. I have less than 5,000 miles on my tires.

Oligarchy
12-20-2014, 06:18 AM
Is the driver seat torn! Interior has seen better days

Wish151
12-23-2014, 06:29 AM
Is the driver seat torn! Interior has seen better days

Yes the interior is terrible, I am going to a junkyard that said they have a couple A4s and one that's definitely worth looking at. But as of right now I'm worrying about the mechanical aspect of the car and how she looks last.

I got the power steering figured out, the pulley seal on the pump is worn out and if it sits just right, it'll leak all of the fluid out. I learned that first hand after it sat in my driveway all day. I actually have the pump torn apart, and have a seal ordered. The perks of working at a transmission shop! From looking at this pump, it is a vane style pump. You could run transmission fluid in this thing and it'll work like a dream. Do they recommend the mineral hydraulic fluid because of the rack maybe?

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsad116f75.jpg

Here's the seal I am talking about, sorry about the blurry pic.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps05f8aa58.jpg

I'm still working on the headlights. I have everything torn apart and the headlight switch removed. I'm trying to figure out this wiring. I found a page where he says to jump 2 pins, but there's absolutely no juice in the pins to jump anything. So, before I go and buy this switch I want to make sure I don't have any wiring issues from the switch to the actual lights. I cannot find any diagrams whatsoever that cover the low beams, so it looks like i'm going to be doing quite a bit of tracing [confused]

SN95Audi87
12-23-2014, 06:48 AM
I know Europa parts sells the manual for less than 100 bucks, so if you want to invest in a manual for the car check out that site. ECS tuning has a lot of odds and ends that you can't find on the net so check that out for the exterior such a moldings too. GL with the car, its tough finding these cars in pristine condition because of how old they are! I got mine 5 years a go and I had a bunch of small issues I had to iron out, not fun but when its perfect it will pay off.

Wish151
12-23-2014, 06:55 AM
I know Europa parts sells the manual for less than 100 bucks, so if you want to invest in a manual for the car check out that site. ECS tuning has a lot of odds and ends that you can't find on the net so check that out for the exterior such a moldings too. GL with the car, its tough finding these cars in pristine condition because of how old they are! I got mine 5 years a go and I had a bunch of small issues I had to iron out, not fun but when its perfect it will pay off.

Exactly! Like I said I got this car knowing I'd have to put some work into it. I just didn't know it would be the extensive but I'll get it. I plan on having it tip top before H2oi next year. I've been an outcast there for the past 3 years, I'll actually fit in now [:D]

Hazardpay
12-24-2014, 03:43 PM
Just dropping by to say good luck and enjoy, Ive owned my 99 2.8 for a year and a half now, can honestly say its a fun, comfortable, and reliable car In the time I have it it has not broken down. I had to take care of a lot of issues the previous owner has neglected but as someone said above once you get it back in good shape its a fantastic car to own.

Wish151
12-26-2014, 06:35 AM
Just dropping by to say good luck and enjoy, Ive owned my 99 2.8 for a year and a half now, can honestly say its a fun, comfortable, and reliable car In the time I have it it has not broken down. I had to take care of a lot of issues the previous owner has neglected but as someone said above once you get it back in good shape its a fantastic car to own.

Thank you! And yes the car seems really comfortable for the hour drive home I had in it. Even though there wasn't any power steering! Lol

I have an HID question. I'm buying the light switch hoping that will fix my issues. I still need a kit beings that my light socket on the one has corroded away. Those valeo ballasts are pricey, I'm just looking at getting a kit off ebay. Only issue I see is the little 4 or 6 (can't remember) pin power connector coming out of the headlight assembly. Where would that plug into?

Edit: I found what I need I think. http://www.theretrofitsource.com/hid-systems/denso-philips-osram-oem-d2s-elite-hid-system.html#.VJ23wl4AAA
Now I know I can for sure use these because I see the little connector. Can I use something like this and just cut the connector off and butt splice the wires in this kit onto the headlights wires? http://www.ebay.com/itm/xeno-HID-KIT-H1-H3-H6m-H4-H7-H8-H11-H9-H10-H13-9004-9005-9006-9007-D2S-D2R-6000K-/220472047437?pt=US_Car_Lighting&hash=item335528774d&vxp=mtr

Sorry for all the questions I just want to order right the first time

Wish151
12-31-2014, 08:13 AM
Power steering pump is fixed, on and working perfect!
New headlight switch is installed and I now have power going to the lights. Waiting on new HID kit to arrive now.
Now I just have to install a wheel bearing and trailing arm, then the thing will be able to drive!

Going to start getting the cosmetic things fixed now. (Seats, grill,radio trim, and a FULL detail)

Wish151
01-05-2015, 07:39 AM
Good news! I finally have lights!

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsaacd786b.jpg

Bordom
01-05-2015, 11:33 AM
Good news! I finally have lights!

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsaacd786b.jpg

Jealous of your garage! [drool][wrench]

Wish151
01-05-2015, 12:22 PM
Jealous of your garage! [drool][wrench]

Thanks! She's real nice to work in when it's 10 degrees outside lol

Jake@JHM
01-05-2015, 02:03 PM
Dragster?

Wish151
01-06-2015, 06:50 AM
Dragster?

Yes sir, that's my baby.

Wish151
01-06-2015, 06:56 AM
Driving to work, finished her just in time for mother nature!

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps95a6e66a.jpg

Here's a picture of the dragster if anybody wanted to see the whole thing.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/wiechwrx/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps0eaa9661.jpg