I just bought a used 2003 A6 Turbo and have many questions:
Can I buy a repair manual for it?
It only came with 1 key, what is the best (cheapest) way to get new keys?
Is it hard to change the spark plugs?
There is a whining sound coming from the engine when it is first started and
is cold, and it goes away after about 5 minutes - any ideas?
The silly cup holder between the seats will not lock into the closed
position - how do I pull the center console to repair it?
The front VC rubber covers are torn - are their split replacement boots
available for me to use?
My car has 75,000 miles on it - should I be looking to replace the timing
The manual says to change the brake fluid every 2 years (this has never been
done) - is this really necessary?
Is it worth re-chipping this car for more HP?
Any other things I might want to know about?
May want to check at Bentley Publishers. It may be on CD and will not be cheap
if available at all.
Take your key to your local Audi Dealer and plan to spend $350 for a new one
including binding to your car.
The V6 engine tends to do this. Not to worry.
Split 'CV' boots can be sourced from your FLAPS. I have used them with success
but others have had bad experiences with the split boots.
You should have it done immediately. Most replace theirs at 60K. This is an
interference engine with 30 little valves that like to stick themselves into
pistons. Find a good local independent shop to do this and be sure they know
Audis. With the requires parts (tensioner pulley, water pump, idler pulley,
thermostat and belt) this should cost somewhere between $600 and $1,000.
If you drive it aggressively it is recommended. Get a pressure bleeder to make
the job easier.
Keep up with all required maintenance and you will have a good experience.
This engine is very strong and dependable but does have a reputation of having
small oil leaks at the cam seals in the rear of the heads. The oil will drip on
the exhaust manifold and cause an occasional smell. No big problem and really
doesn't affect the oil level as the quantity is very small. It can be corrected
but the job is fairly big and it is better to just put up with the leak.
I believe it is part of the standard brake fluid bleed:
However, as this following tidbit from a Bentley manual suggests, it may not
be required on newer versions of ESP:
You can buy a full repair manual at a dealer, should include all
manuals,ie. radio etc.
the keys you have to buy them from the dealer, and immobilize them(
program)to the car, if you dont> you cant start your car with the new
Plugs are not hard to replace, but they will be if you dont know what
you are doing.
The whining sound is your secondary air pump working, its normal for
it to run for about a minute or two when first started.
The cupholder you have to replace.
VC???? if you mean c/v joints on front axles, they are sold
separatly in the dealer but not sure if you can get them aftermarket.
but it is easier and cheaper to get a whole rebuilt axle.
Timing belt, water pump thermostat, belt tensioner, and roler should
be done at 60k.
yes replace the brake fluid its cheap.
Honestly I had a friend that chipped his 2.7 A6 it didint work for
him too long, he had all sorts of problems afterwards.
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