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    Thread: Recently purchased 2000 a4 Quattro 1.8T 5 spd - Help me with $1K upgrades

    1. Banned Audiquattro337's Avatar
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      10-01-2012 05:52 PM #51
      You dont need a radiator shop, fixing a coolant issue is so easy. at this point you could have thrown a brand new coolant system on the thing for $200... damn shops these days... its like legal rape. lol.

      It sounds like you have a leak, check the coolant flang on the back of the head. Also check the coolant expansion tank for cracks or leakage. Check the cap as well, if its chipped cracked or just brittle it could cause that issue. For shts and giggles i would go spend the $6 on a new cap and see if that helps. i wouldn't be surprised if that's the issue. It doesn't have to be a huge leak, just enough to loose pressure.
      Last edited by Audiquattro337; 10-01-2012 at 05:55 PM.

    2. 10-01-2012 07:30 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by Audiquattro337 View Post
      You dont need a radiator shop, fixing a coolant issue is so easy. at this point you could have thrown a brand new coolant system on the thing for $200... damn shops these days... its like legal rape. lol.

      It sounds like you have a leak, check the coolant flang on the back of the head. Also check the coolant expansion tank for cracks or leakage. Check the cap as well, if its chipped cracked or just brittle it could cause that issue. For shts and giggles i would go spend the $6 on a new cap and see if that helps. i wouldn't be surprised if that's the issue. It doesn't have to be a huge leak, just enough to loose pressure.
      Yeah lesson learned on shops. I'll drive my B5 Passat until I figure this out on my own. I'll get a new cap and check for small leaks.

      Ps. I ordered the Bentley A4 B5 service book. 97$ on amazon. Should help me in the long run
      Currently driving an 06 Vibe and 03 Passat. Did have a 2000 a4 and 2003 a4. Looking for a b6 passat.

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      10-01-2012 09:01 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by courtsidepe View Post
      Yeah lesson learned on shops. I'll drive my B5 Passat until I figure this out on my own. I'll get a new cap and check for small leaks.

      Ps. I ordered the Bentley A4 B5 service book. 97$ on amazon. Should help me in the long run
      Nice! thats the way to do it, you will realize these cars are honestly rather simple, (some times) once you start fixing stuff yourself, plus your wallet will thank you.

    4. 10-04-2012 04:44 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by Audiquattro337 View Post
      You dont need a radiator shop, fixing a coolant issue is so easy. at this point you could have thrown a brand new coolant system on the thing for $200... damn shops these days... its like legal rape. lol.

      It sounds like you have a leak, check the coolant flang on the back of the head. Also check the coolant expansion tank for cracks or leakage. Check the cap as well, if its chipped cracked or just brittle it could cause that issue. For shts and giggles i would go spend the $6 on a new cap and see if that helps. i wouldn't be surprised if that's the issue. It doesn't have to be a huge leak, just enough to loose pressure.
      So I got the new cap today, put it on, also noticed coolant level was about halfway below the low line. So I added some G12.

      Car raised in temp as I drove 5 minutes home. It in the driveway and left it running, went back down and sat at 90 for about 20 minutes. Got back in the car and drove it up the road less than 40 seconds and turned around, temp rose quickly and warnings came up. Got it back in the driveway and it looked and sounded like the coolant reservoir was going to explode. Loud bubbling and I thought the cap was going to come flying off.

      So... Do I have a bad water pump? How can it sit for so long at 90 but get hot so fast as soon as I start to drive?

      Could it be a defective thermostat that was installed? I know it's possible but how likely?

      I got a feeling it's the water pump, but I know nothing. The hoses running in around the battery are hot as hell, I know someone told me check that earlier. But I thought them being hot was a sign of my water pump being okay?

      What so you guys think?
      Currently driving an 06 Vibe and 03 Passat. Did have a 2000 a4 and 2003 a4. Looking for a b6 passat.

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      10-05-2012 02:48 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by courtsidepe View Post
      So I got the new cap today, put it on, also noticed coolant level was about halfway below the low line. So I added some G12.

      Car raised in temp as I drove 5 minutes home. It in the driveway and left it running, went back down and sat at 90 for about 20 minutes. Got back in the car and drove it up the road less than 40 seconds and turned around, temp rose quickly and warnings came up. Got it back in the driveway and it looked and sounded like the coolant reservoir was going to explode. Loud bubbling and I thought the cap was going to come flying off.

      So... Do I have a bad water pump? How can it sit for so long at 90 but get hot so fast as soon as I start to drive?

      Could it be a defective thermostat that was installed? I know it's possible but how likely?

      I got a feeling it's the water pump, but I know nothing. The hoses running in around the battery are hot as hell, I know someone told me check that earlier. But I thought them being hot was a sign of my water pump being okay?

      What so you guys think?
      damn, so if you idle its fine but driving raises the temp? not a thermostat issue, definetly sounds like a water pump or clogged radiator, of your coolant is clean its more them likly the water pump :/

    6. 10-05-2012 03:55 PM #56
      Yeah that's what I thought. I'm guessing this is not a task for a new do it yourselfer.

      What is a fair price to pay for water pump and timing belt? Dealership said they've done them for as little as 6-$700...
      Currently driving an 06 Vibe and 03 Passat. Did have a 2000 a4 and 2003 a4. Looking for a b6 passat.

    7. 10-05-2012 03:55 PM #57
      I was asking while I picked up my G12
      Currently driving an 06 Vibe and 03 Passat. Did have a 2000 a4 and 2003 a4. Looking for a b6 passat.

    8. 10-06-2012 08:06 AM #58
      Currently driving an 06 Vibe and 03 Passat. Did have a 2000 a4 and 2003 a4. Looking for a b6 passat.

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      10-10-2012 02:39 PM #59
      That isn't a bad price, and yes, that is the kit you will want. its really an easy job to be honest, if you give yourself a weekend to do it, follow the procedures to the T in the Bentley manual and ask for help when you need it, I don't see any issue with it being done by someone with little to no mechanical experience, it was one of my first "bigger" jobs.

    10. 10-12-2012 01:45 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by Audiquattro337 View Post
      damn, so if you idle its fine but driving raises the temp? not a thermostat issue, definetly sounds like a water pump or clogged radiator, of your coolant is clean its more them likly the water pump :/
      Just heard back from the shop, FALSE ALARM, lol, thankfully.

      The belt for the water pump was worn/stretched. So it was working intermittently, and would basically stop working once the car got warm enough.

      Ordered the new belt, cheap.

      I double checked and went through all the invoices that came with the car. The timing belt was done at 140,000 km's. The car is now at 195,000 km's. So I'm not going to go at that yet.

      My B5.5 Passat though hasn't had it done, so I'm doing the timing belt/waterpump on it next week

      Having to do 1 is better than 2 though, lol, im relieved.
      Currently driving an 06 Vibe and 03 Passat. Did have a 2000 a4 and 2003 a4. Looking for a b6 passat.

    11. 10-16-2012 08:19 AM #61
      Cancel that. Needed the pump done, complete kit was done... If I can put a positive look on this.. It'd be that all my major maintenance is now officially complete. Time to start having a bit of fun with this car.
      Currently driving an 06 Vibe and 03 Passat. Did have a 2000 a4 and 2003 a4. Looking for a b6 passat.

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      10-16-2012 02:44 PM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by courtsidepe View Post
      Cancel that. Needed the pump done, complete kit was done... If I can put a positive look on this.. It'd be that all my major maintenance is now officially complete. Time to start having a bit of fun with this car.
      whoever did the timing belt and pump for the po probably either lied and didnt replace the pump or replaced it with some cheap or defective part, that sucks... so its not overheating anymore?

    13. 10-16-2012 04:45 PM #63
      Last owner only did the belt. I have all invoices since new. Driving home now, sitting at 90 degrees hasn't moved with an hour of driving.

      I thought belt and pump was done, but after going over the invoices again it was just the belt.

      Now I need to address my sticking rear caliper, lol.
      Last edited by courtsidepe; 10-16-2012 at 08:22 PM.
      Currently driving an 06 Vibe and 03 Passat. Did have a 2000 a4 and 2003 a4. Looking for a b6 passat.

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      10-17-2012 12:50 AM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by ChampagneA4 View Post
      Coilovers should be first thing as long as all maintenance is up to date.
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