Filter on a stick. I have some ebay generic one. Literally a clone of the neuspeed intake. It was 100 bucks from some guy here in vortex.
Car is out of warranty and this is the first time I am working on the car myself.
First and foremost let me just say WTF is this over engineering about with Audi?? This engine cover is a joke. Especially with that air filter compartment. What is wrong with having a separate air box!!!! Anyways let me get to my questions before I decide to take a circular saw to that damn cover.
With the cover off I proceeded to change the spark plugs. Started from the left I pull the first plug. Crap its all full of motor oil. Spend about 20 minutes cleaning it out. Thinking ok maybe I was not careful when I topped off my oil and proceeded. Surprise every single coil was fill with motor oil....... . I clean out everything and have the plugs installed and everything is running just fine. Now this would explain the recent increase of oil consumption but what is the problem?? A bad gasket? Anyone care to chime in?
Now rewind the time 5 months back. I had some issue with my clutch and they had to replace a pump (sorry sketchy on the details) and bleed the system. After the replacement the clutch feel a little odd but I just assume there was a new part and needs to be broken in. Fast forward to today and guess what I notice before removing the engine cover. The brake reservoir cap is dangling on the side. Its crazy especially considering I transport my 2 kids in the car everyday. I believe I should have a shop bleed the system and put in fresh fluid. Is that the proper thing to do? Anything else that needs to be done?
Now to the third question. How can you get rid of that engine cover? I know that neuspeed has a CAI that removes the engine cover but 300 bucks are just not in the cards right now. Any alternatives?
The stock air box does suck from a maintenance standpoint. Almost all of the "filter on a stick" style intakes will make your life a lot easier. Check the classifieds (both the A3 and the MKV Golf/Jetta) as there are intakes that pop up fairly often.
If the brake fluid reservoir was open to the air, then yeah, I would definitely have the system flushed with new fluid and then bled. DOT 3/4/5.1 fluid is hygroscopic and designed to absorb any moisture in the brake system to prevent it from corroding any mechanical parts. A side effect of that is a lowered boiling point and thus lowered performance.
Regarding the air box, I haven't had to remove mine yet (only had the car two weeks) but I will be replacing the air filter, coils and plugs next week. OOOO-A3 has a great How To and diagram for removing the engine cover. It's been posted elsewhere, but no reason we can't add it to this thread too: http://oooo-a3.blogspot.com/2008/01/...ck-airbox.html
I have a 07 but have not receive any notice from Audi about a recall.
Yes the diagram and instruction is great the only failure was on my part. Look at the diagram and started working and didn't read the warning about warming up the car to soften up the grommet
Definitely need to learn RTFM......
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