What have you done to your Audi A4 B7 today?

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Just seen your advert, too wide for my bus, thanks for the offer though.:icon thumright:
 

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Had some better news on the new alloys front this afternoon.
Delivery time has shortened a lot so hopefully will have them wed next week. :yahoo:

weather i can sell the current OZ's in the current economic climate remains to be seen, if not i'll keep hold of them for another project.

LM's in silver, best colour for a black bus really.

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I might be interested in your old wheels Rob… DM me when you’re ready
 

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Been a quiet month or so on my old barge, just the weekly washes and enjoying it. It's still on a diet from my wallet :laughing: Touch wood no major issues with it recently, other than the A/C not working, less than ideal with the weather we've had as of late. I'm fairly sure it's my fault thought, it's holding pressure and the ECU is telling the compressor to come on, but the clutch isn't engaging. It worked up until I put a new compressor clutch on it a few months back, as the original one was disintegrating and making a racket (although still working...). It was cold at the time, so I assumed it was fine after it was done, but alas it seems I did not check it thoroughly enough. My suspicion is the compressor clutch I got was the wrong one... Ah well, the to-do list was looking a little empty anyhow!
 

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Been a quiet month or so on my old barge, just the weekly washes and enjoying it. It's still on a diet from my wallet :laughing: Touch wood no major issues with it recently, other than the A/C not working, less than ideal with the weather we've had as of late. I'm fairly sure it's my fault thought, it's holding pressure and the ECU is telling the compressor to come on, but the clutch isn't engaging. It worked up until I put a new compressor clutch on it a few months back, as the original one was disintegrating and making a racket (although still working...). It was cold at the time, so I assumed it was fine after it was done, but alas it seems I did not check it thoroughly enough. My suspicion is the compressor clutch I got was the wrong one... Ah well, the to-do list was looking a little empty anyhow!
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will do, replacements due sometime this week.
Looking forward to seeing the new wheels fitted Rob :thumbs up: Sorry to hear about your bad luck with the car wash :sadlike:
 

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Always something to do. :icon thumright:
Certainly is :sweatsmile: Also made some enquiries today about my front wings. On the edge of the inner lips (where the arch liners tuck under), there is a few bubbles of rust, but hasn't made it's way round onto the outer facing section of the wing. Hoping they can just wire wheel the inner lip down, etch prime, stone chip and paint that section so it's all sealed up again, then I will be able to keep the factory paint on the outer facing part of the wing so will stay a perfect colour match.

Best pics I could get, looks worse than it is as the phone is literally sitting on the tire to take these pics lol:

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It's the only spots of rust on the car so keen to get these sorted.
 

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Looking forward to seeing the new wheels fitted Rob :thumbs up: Sorry to hear about your bad luck with the car wash
They are supposed to be this week direct from Italy, but I suspect they may not so watch this space.

Yes, the car wash issue was a real pain in the backside, I've have a part payout just waiting on the other half.
 

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Certainly is :sweatsmile: Also made some enquiries today about my front wings. On the edge of the inner lips (where the arch liners tuck under), there is a few bubbles of rust, but hasn't made it's way round onto the outer facing section of the wing. Hoping they can just wire wheel the inner lip down, etch prime, stone chip and paint that section so it's all sealed up again, then I will be able to keep the factory paint on the outer facing part of the wing so will stay a perfect colour match.

Best pics I could get, looks worse than it is as the phone is literally sitting on the tire to take these pics lol:

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It's the only spots of rust on the car so keen to get these sorted.
It's a very common occurrence to get it there on B7s so you're not alone.
always best to deal with it asap.
 

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They are supposed to be this week direct from Italy, but I suspect they may not so watch this space.

Yes, the car wash issue was a real pain in the backside, I've have a part payout just waiting on the other half.
I'm pleased for you that they are giving you a payout though, a lot of places would just say "it came like that, prove otherwise" and try and brush it off. Unfortunately, all too often they get away with it. Same with tyre fitters damaging alloys.
 

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It's a very common occurrence to get it there on B7s so you're not alone.
always best to deal with it asap.
Definitely. Drivers side is almost perfect luckily, but will be having that side done too for peace of mind. My body shop also mentioned to me that for some ungodly reason, Audi decided to put foam on the inside of the wings, which hold water like a sponge :angry: They will be coming off.
 

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I'm pleased for you that they are giving you a payout though, a lot of places would just say "it came like that, prove otherwise" and try and brush it off. Unfortunately, all too often they get away with it. Same with tyre fitters damaging alloys.
They weren't going to, but I take no prisoners with this sort of damage and stand my ground, it has to be done.
They weren't going to let me take pics of the conveyor system, I soon put them straight on a few things and they stopped the machine, I was in there to take pics that cannot be disputed whether they like it or not.
All in both parts of the payout will cover the cost to refurb them, well if I decide to now that is since I will be selling them on at some point.

To be honest, I'm one of many that have been on the wrong side of their poorly designed system.
Any driver with a low profile tyre and specific fitments will come off worse against this thing, that chain just chews into the rims.
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Little job today but a pain to get the rusted screws out.
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I have a well lit rear plate again :yahoo:
 

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Car failed it's MOT for a rear shock, personally can't see the testers problem :whistle2:

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So today i've pulled out the problem rear shock and took the spring out too which isn't as bad but ideal time to start the coiler process.

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So tomorrow i'm going to get hold of Euro car parts and see if they have bump stops and dust covers in stock, as well as eccentric bolts, nuts and washers that need replacing.
only took one side off so far as it was hot with no wind and i stopped to watch the footy and have a drink :footy::tropicaldrink:
 

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Car failed it's MOT for a rear shock, personally can't see the testers problem :whistle2:

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So today i've pulled out the problem rear shock and took the spring out too which isn't as bad but ideal time to start the coiler process.

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So tomorrow i'm going to get hold of Euro car parts and see if they have bump stops and dust covers in stock, as well as eccentric bolts, nuts and washers that need replacing.
only took one side off so far as it was hot with no wind and i stopped to watch the footy and have a drink :footy::tropicaldrink:
Good for at least another 10k miles..lol
 

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Car failed it's MOT for a rear shock, personally can't see the testers problem :whistle2:

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So today i've pulled out the problem rear shock and took the spring out too which isn't as bad but ideal time to start the coiler process.

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So tomorrow i'm going to get hold of Euro car parts and see if they have bump stops and dust covers in stock, as well as eccentric bolts, nuts and washers that need replacing.
only took one side off so far as it was hot with no wind and i stopped to watch the footy and have a drink :footy::tropicaldrink:
I've a very good set of special edition avant quattro rear spring in the garage if they are any use but you need some matching fronts really to keep the ride height correct.
 

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I've a very good set of special edition avant quattro rear spring in the garage if they are any use but you need some matching fronts really to keep the ride height correct.
Cheers,
i already have a set of coilovers, just never got round to fitting them.
Now i need to
 

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Cheers,
i already have a set of coilovers, just never got round to fitting them.
Now i need to
If you're doing the fronts, steer well clear of that pinch bolt, even if it has been replaced before it can still be a pain and you really don't need to touch it as the front strut assemblies can be removed with ease the other way.
 

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Well the old barge's diet from my wallet has come to end, was good while it lasted! I've just booked it in to my trusted bodyshop who are going to sort out the inner lips of the wings, and respray the front bumper to get rid of a few dings and make it perfect. Going in on 5th September. Their colour matching skills are absolutely impeccable, so trust they will get the match just right.

Hopefully will be clear corner modding the headlights too this week if all things go to plan! Will post pics when complete.
 

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Following on from taking the failed offside rear off the other day which caused the failure of my MOT, today I took out the nearside and although it was leaking like the offside, the rubbers had still perished and look like they've been on since the car was new. Plus gotta change in pairs.

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fitted the new springs and shocks today, just waiting on new eccentric bolts, washers and nuts for the transverse link arm (audi had bolts and nuts but no washers :wtf::rage:), but i am getting them tomorrow to get this all finished up on the rear.

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Well the old barge's diet from my wallet has come to end, was good while it lasted! I've just booked it in to my trusted bodyshop who are going to sort out the inner lips of the wings, and respray the front bumper to get rid of a few dings and make it perfect. Going in on 5th September. Their colour matching skills are absolutely impeccable, so trust they will get the match just right.

Hopefully will be clear corner modding the headlights too this week if all things go to plan! Will post pics when complete.
Great news

And glad you've went clear corners now. It vastly changes the look for such a small difference imo
 

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Is that a full new led bulb kit for the whole lot then ? Looks good mate
The whole unit is an LED rather than replacing bulbs.
Got them from Amazon.
 

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Do they work with bulb out system?
 

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Bulb out is an error lol.

The chimes on start up would drive me nuts. Could never have these things.

Plus why would I want to make it easier for people to read my plates
 

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Bulb out is an error lol.

The chimes on start up would drive me nuts. Could never have these things.

Plus why would I want to make it easier for people to read my plates
i meant error as in telling you there's a problem when there wasn't.
Telling me its out when there is a problem is good as far as i'm concerned
 

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It would appear that my replacement alloys won't now be here this week after all.
Having been told they were out for delivery, chasing the order all week only to find out they are still in transit somewhere in Europe on a pallet.
Total farse at the seller's end without doubt.
In two minds about cancelling them now and just refurbing the ones at have fitted.
 
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It would appear that my replacement alloys won't now be here this week after all.
Having been told they were out for delivery, chasing the order all week only to find out they are still in transit somewhere in Europe on a pallet.
Total farse at the seller's end without doubt.
In two minds about cancelling them now and just refurbing the ones at have fitted.
Probably quicker, cheaper and you know they look good on already.
 

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Another day and still no further with a del date on the new alloys.
After I had a moan at them yesterday they called me this afternoon offering me some substitute rims to try, not oz's though.
So they maintain i will get them tommorow ( theres hoping) and if i don't like them they will arrange collection at no cost, might aswell see how they look as they will be going back on monday if I'm not impressed in the flesh on the car.

these, i'm not sure to be honest, not really B7 style.
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Maybe well suited to newer models etc, not sure the angular looks are in keeping with the more softer lines of the B7 .

would be great on a new RS3 .
 

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Well all done. I said I'd report back - hate it when people on forums don't. I'm very pleased and they did a brilliant job BUT oh my did it cost! Not the pump but the cambelt had been stuffed in the past (this I know is genuine) and they had to helicoil the tensioner bolt amongst others. I daren't tell you but I spent more than the car is ever worth now, haha. But for that it has a bullet proof engine and gearbox now (at least for the next 70K, hopefully well beyond. The most amazing thing is, as I suspected, being a bog standard repmobile version of the B7, it had the original 77mm hex key, and after 232K it is not badly worn at all - there was still a good few thousand left on it. I know in 60K I have cherished this car but the past owners must have done so too. There are very few people now who would spend this on such an old car and I had to dip into savings for this one but for me it's worth it, and it won't see a scrap yard any time soon, which makes me irrationally happy - YMMV. View attachment 256961 View attachment 256962 View attachment 256963 View attachment 256964 View attachment 256965

Sorry if revisiting this isnt the accepted etiquette but I reckon you’ve dodged a bullet there ,this is mine at 108k ,audi specialist said it doesn’t take much more wear to let go ,although I accept he probably would say that after emptying my wallet
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Sorry about all the duplicate posts ,haven’t been here for a while as I was having issues with the site/app ,seems I still do


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All sorted james.:icon thumright:
 

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Sorry if revisiting this isnt the accepted etiquette but I reckon you’ve dodged a bullet there ,this is mine at 108k ,audi specialist said it doesn’t take much more wear to let go ,although I accept he probably would say that after emptying my wallet View attachment 257542


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just a plain old section of hex steel, not one of audis better designs.

agreed it looks at the point of just rounding off.
 

tr7

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Did they just replace the key or did you get the replacement shaft also?

If just replaced the key then it's simple job

Here's a good video showing it done

 

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Sorry if revisiting this isnt the accepted etiquette but I reckon you’ve dodged a bullet there ,this is mine at 108k ,audi specialist said it doesn’t take much more wear to let go ,although I accept he probably would say that after emptying my wallet
Agreed but mine was at 232K on the original 77mm hex key. Yours looks a bit worse than mine. Mine was still quite tight in the keyway. And yes it's best to do both the new key and balance shaft. The KMB kit, I had fitted, is both hardened and more accurately machined. It's pulling like a train now and I've put about a further 1500 miles (high speed motorway) on it, so all good, it seems. But that may be more the new cambelt and full service I am noticing. BTW they supplied a new revised dipstick for the 100mm hex key modification too. Make sure whoever does it also, is aware of/has the correct tool for the balance shaft timing too, as KMB no longer seem to sell it.
 
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