View Full Version : Got my car back from the autobody *pics*

11-25-2005, 10:52 AM
last week, and I finally had some time to get some pictures. If you don't remember, I was hit in the front driver side of the car... damage was pretty bad... front quarter, front bumper, hood, intercooler, control arm. Well that's what they originally saw... ended up replacing that, plus every control arm, strut, oil pain, all motor mounts, all transmission mounts, transmission cooler, exhaust (was rusted and snapped on impact), radiator, and radiator mount. The results are mixed... the car runs better than ever (especially with the new mounts, wow!), however, I got a CEL the second day I had it back... I pulled the code and it was a "running too lean" code. My guess is there is a leak in either the intake somewhere (intercooler was replaced) or in the exhaust somewhere (exhaust was replaced).

Other than mechanically, the aesthetics had mixed results as well. The paint looks great; however, they did a horrible job aligning the headlights, bumper, and hood:








So I need to know what is involved in fixing these gaps... I gather it's more than adjusting just the bumper since there is a gap between the hood and the headlights. I did some research and found that the whole front end adjusts by the radiator mount (and they had a name for it, but I forget it), but I couldn't find anything anywhere about how to adjust that. Is it something I can do myself or do I need to bring it back? My reason for not wanting to bring it back to the shop is because I honestly don't think the guy knows what he's doing... he tried to give me some explanation that the hood only had one strut and that was what made it sit uneven (tried to get a pic of it, it isn't flushed with the quarter panel on one side). Furthermore, it is more important to me to have my car right now than it is to havet hese gaps fixed... I don't want to be out of a car for any longer.

With regards to the CEL... should I bring it back and have him look for exhaust leaks and intake leaks?

It also irritates me how one headlight looks brand new and the other one is all fogged up-looking... what can I do to restore the old headlight?

Thanks for your help!

11-25-2005, 11:09 AM
I'd definately take that back.

11-25-2005, 11:14 AM
you could try adjusting the hood pins. just lift up the hood, look on each side, and turn the lil black rubber thing until the hood lowers a bit. if that doesn't help, then yea...take it back.

11-25-2005, 11:17 AM
Ok, that's reasonable... but I know if I go back and say "fix it" he'll make up some excuse... so what should I tell him the problem is? What needs to be adjusted exactly? (besides the hood pins)

11-25-2005, 11:33 AM
excuse...lol...then him to go f himself and fix that pos job of his. thats horrible coming from a body shop that is doing body work service...geez

11-25-2005, 11:41 AM
The part I was referring to is the lock carrier... am I correct that this will allow for the adjustment of the headlights/whole front end up and down?

11-25-2005, 11:48 AM
its not worth your time to do it yourself, that was his job, and it still is his job to fix it... i hope you didnt sign anything saying you approved the work...

11-25-2005, 12:25 PM
Just went and talked to him... he was very professional about it... topped off the brake fluid, offered to call the Audi dealer for an appointment about the CEL, and scheduled the car to go on on December 13 for him to adjust the front end... he explained to me that the radiator mount isn't adjustable; however, he can adjust the headlights and the hood to make it look how it did, so hopefully that goes as planned.

About the CEL... I'm unclear as to whether that would be at my expense, and either way I hate dealerships, so I'd like to troubleshoot it myself. Prior to the accident I had a code (no CEL) for a bad O2 sensor (precat). Now that code is gone, but there is a CEL on now with a lean code. The guy listened for an exhaust leak and said he didn't hear the trademark sounds of one, but admitted it's hard to know for sure. I'm wondering if the problem is my O2 sensor... could that be the problem without getting the O2 sensor error code?

11-25-2005, 02:35 PM
hook looks flush with the fender...i thought it might be the lights...looks funky, FIX IT! it looks horrible that way

11-25-2005, 09:33 PM
I guess you're not modding anytime soon.

11-25-2005, 10:26 PM
Not anytime soon.. I'm a junior in high school and I can barely afford a car as it is.. but I'm planning on keeping this through college so by then it should be sick.