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  1. Exactly so fingers crossed synthetic fuel is the way forward. Or as keith.has pointed out hydrogen could be an option. What ever vehicle drive option they chose it has to be something that has least impact on driver's behaviour. Which involves us filling up in 2 minutes and driving off and being able to drive for 600-1000 miles on a single tank. Unfortunately electric cars are at least 10 years away from this. Whereas synthetic fuel or hydrogen fuel would give you that range instantaneously. Plus for synthetic fuel or hydrogen there's less change required to infrastructure. You just need extra pumps and tanks at fuel stations. This would be cheaper which is better for the economy as well as having less impact on the environment.
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  2. Needless to say I won't be getting rid of my fossil fuel cars but they way they'll get mine off the road is to tax me an extortionate amount. But this will be cancelled out if synthetic fuel takes off. F1 are going to be using it by 2024 so that shows you where motorsport is heading. Plus some are saying they want us minions off the roads which I can believe to an extent. However with most of us off the roads to government would lose one of its main revenue sources. Let's not forget that only a third of road tax is actually used to fix/upgrade the road network
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  3. I watched it. Seeing the reduced range of the 9 year old leaf shows that electric cars aren't the future. As no one will want to keep a car which has an unpredictable range. As such I can see a cars life span being reduced from the current average of 13 years down to something like 7-8 years. Which will mean the production cost of the use of carbon will increase. I do not believe electric cars are the future. Synthetic fuel is the future. Plus free tax and cheap running costs will disappear once the majority have them. Road tax will be put on them, plus I can see the electric chargers will be monitored. Ie. Instead of paying one electric bill currently you will have two. Once for conventional electric use for home and a separate one for the car charger. The car charger will be a smart charger so they can know. At which point the government will engineer it so you Pay at least £60 for a full charge.
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  4. Very odd, this end float business, my 1975 Triumph Stag is maximum 0.28mm, ideally around 0.02mm I.e. nothing. Can’t understand a modern engine would have any play at all, it would create havoc with all the reciprocating parts. I think someone has got there wires crossed here.
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  5. Feels like an age but at last New Gearbox valve body fitted and car drives superb!! Just a heads up ,anyone with an auto and gets juddering in gear changes then the valve body is a common problem on the 3.0 v6 thanks Karl
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  6. Thanks Dean. The production hold ups has been well publicised. Perhaps you would have a look in at the Forum rules when you have a chance, and although the system isn’t able to edit out abbreviated bad language as it can with it in its written form, it would be great if you could perhaps think back a little in future not to upset anyone. Many thanks and kind regards, Gareth.
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  7. Hi most likely the thermostat is stuck slightly open which is a better prospect than stuck shut with tat you would get plenty of heat at two miles and at twenty a lot of steam. Steve.
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  8. Hi, I would be aiming it straight back at Carbase with the facts, not fit for purpose is the term used, let us know how you get on, half these warranties are not worth the paper and small print written on them. Steve.
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  9. Hi, the easiest way is to consult your local tyre dealer to see what is the widest tyre you can mount on that size rim, for example if its 225 go for a 235 width tyre ascetically its only 10mm but it just looks that much bigger, as Gareth said any kind of wheel spacer may have an effect on the bearings and tracking, I have witnessed first hand the horrors of fitting these things on my daughters boyfriends go faster Fiesta they couldn't get the tracking right and eventually it caused cracks in the wheels, well worth the £150 kit he bought, they are nearly all made of aluminium which behaves differently under load it flexes, high carbon steel definitely does not. Steve.
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  10. As Gareth said, only somebody who has inspected the car can give a realistic valuation, so I shall offer no opinion on what you have seen, except to say the car is worth whatever somebody will pay for it. Only you can say if it is worth £4000 of your money. I get the impression it is not.
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  11. Hello Eric, Apologies if this appears to come over as opinionated, but the strong vibe I’m getting here is that you think the seller is charging £500 too much for the car, and you are looking for advice on whether the car is worth the asking price. Unfortunately, I cannot see you are going to get sound advice on this since no one on here has seen the car to appreciate its true condition, and the ‘valve for money’ can only be judged by a thorough inspection. As Steve says, it’s now a seller’s market, so if it is what you want, and you can afford the asking price ( with some in reserve for yet undiscovered issues) then you either choose to buy it, or look for another one for sale at £3,500. Sorry Eric, but it really is as simple as that - unless the seller will offer you something off. To me, guide prices are just that, and for me, a cheap car is just that, and one in superior body and mechanical condition becomes far more attractive and worth a premium. Only you (and/or a paid-for independent inspection) can truly evaluate what the car is worth - to you (in caps). It is worth noting that condition is remembered long after the price has been forgotten! Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Kind regards, Gareth. p.s. My view with cambelts:- change every 5 years irrespective of mileage.
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  12. You read my mind but I seem to have miss placed the ball been on to trading standards but not much help cos it depends on what he put on the ad wich has now disappeared from Facebook so a possible visit at the weekend
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  13. JCB seem to think hydrogen powered ICE engines are the way to go. This definitely worth watching, would need to be scaled down for road cars but easily doable.
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  14. does this car have a harmonic balancer type crankshaft pulley and levering it back and forth moves it on the rubber insert which if perished would cause vibration?
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  15. All coding was saved and double checked between both modules I used turns out there’s a fault in the DH module as the old module was put back in everything worked brought another DH module and everything works with that one so It could only be a faulty module just need to get component protection removed again.
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  16. Steve - unfortunately we always bow down to what the Government introduce and instill by dangling certain carrots by testing the waters. I agree the climate guru Greta has not helped matters. Don't get me wrong - I accept that have the save the environment, however there are other methods that could be employed. I also wonder how the National Grid is going to cope with the surge of electric vehicles being charged up and down the country when they struggle with a surge in power during ad breaks when the kettles get switched on!?! 🤣 The cost of electricity will be go through the roof in years to come as everything inside the home and outside will be electric. 😲 As time goes on - the more the EV become economical to purchase the more sales will increase - that will be doom day for petrol and diesel vehciles as we know it. 😢
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  17. You are right Steve. This is why I can't give up my diesel, I need the extra torque to move me and the car.
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  18. https://www.dpfrepair.co.uk/audi-a3-dpf-repair-in-castleford/ interesting as i did not know what a dpf was. i do now ,found this link which you should find of some use.. if the link dont work i have reiterated what it says. AUDI A3 DPF REPAIR in Castleford. regeneration guide bring engine up to temperature ensure quarter tank of fuel ( (assume this to stop sucking up any sludge in tank) my remark) drive at 50mph for 30 minutes when regen is complete light goes out. no suggestion of buying a new DPF unit for £1200 just needs the crap burning off through a good run. Ken
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  19. Ai, looks like it is. I grabbed one from AliExpress for a couple pound. Looks like it’ll do the trick. 👌🏾
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  20. Hi, yes you can activate other features but only if they were fitted as a dormant option when built/specced, you will also need VCDS not the cloned version as this will only let you do certain things, look on youtube as there are plenty of how to activate on most VAG vehicles. Steve.
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  21. I will certainly keep you posted. I'm going to try my local garage who have been pretty straight with me though the years various cars if I get no joy with GCS.We have a backup car (2001 rover 25, simple and reliable as ****) so can have the audi off the road for as long as it takes to resolve. Thanks to all for your comments and advice, I will post as and when things happen. Cheers.
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  22. Hi I think someone is living in a parallel universe, went in to my local garage to book my car in for the engine mounts and ran smack bang into an argument between my mate and a customer who had bought in an Audi Q5 TFSI 2018 for a service at 42k she was told the bill was £350.00 and was acusing them of robbing her as the dealer had quoted £250, my mate rang the dealers who told him that was for the oil service only and a full service with filters was £750, she cleared off and phoned the dealers and then came back full of apologies and a wad of cash, I had a chuckle looking at the old air filter with the date 2018 on it the spark plugs were all burnt up with blow by around the porcelain, moral of the story ask what you actually get for £250.00, do the maths, about £40.00 for the parts and the rest is labour and VAT. Steve.
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  23. Thank you, guys! We have decided to return the car and the dealer accepted, so we already got full refund. My reasoning was to try to tackle the proble, myself or take it to mechanic, the dealer could refuse to honour the warranty, if it turned out be a more serious problem or there was bigger damage. This is not a risk I am willing to take. If the dealers mechanic cannot find the problem, and in my opinion obviously there is a problem, then we will be looking for another car. Too bad really, because we both loved it. Pavel
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  24. Nope they all need air and the injector cycles are all controlled by that valve, open the butterfly to allow in more air the injector pulse for longer to match the air ratio in coming, shut the valve means less is being injected because of the lower airflow in coming. Steve.
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  25. Ok cheers steve il follow this up and the advice. After all i did ask for this 😊 the tps is on its way too. Il see what this throttle body looks like tomorrow and strip it down to see
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  26. Hi Gareth Since Aug 2019, in that time it has done 17k miles with only 5k in the last MOT year. It is a great car, did you want to come and take a look? Or have a call and I can give you more details or a video call to look over if easier. Thanks Zak
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  28. Hi Dave Well you should pat yourself on the back and also immediately run your luck and buy a lottery ticket 😎 cos you’ve saved yourself over £3k. Happy Days. This forum is keeping a lot of people safe let alone sane. It shouldn’t be necessary to have to rely on luck when you drive a quality car but it seems the powers that be are shameless. Pen
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  29. Hi BEM systems were fitted from 2004 on most models except on some entry level A2s and have to be coded, if it was fitted by Halfords it should have been coded except at the two local Halfords in my area when I enquired about my daughters Q3they were perfectly happy to sell us a battery and fit it for an extra £20 but when I enquired about coding they went a bit sheepish and said we don't have the equipment to do that, buyer beware.
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  30. [1] Squirt a little penetrating oil into the socket, then wait a few minutes for it to soak in. [2[ Tap around the outside with a small hammer. Not hard enough to damage or distort the metal, but hard enough that the repeated shocks may break the corrosion that holds the arm to its spindle.
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  31. Sorry, I skim read and missed the part which said you had some tyres already. Have a look on ebay for the wheels, if you search "a6 winter wheels" there will be adverts pop up from German sellers that will ship to the uk. It's law to fit winters in Germany so there are lots in Germany. I've seen quite a few o. e wheels recently. There's an example below. There are a few styles, most will have tyres so it will be a case of looking for ones with not much tread that will be cheaper. You will find a UK seller but there are just a lot more available in Germany so if you them quickly Tyra will be your best bet. If you want new, then audi will sell you some, they had them in the showroom when I had my car serviced a couple of weeks ago. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/194485511286?fits=Car+Make%3AAudi|Model%3AA6+Allroad&hash=item2d483d6476:g:YMAAAOSwq3RhgSdw&amdata=enc%3AAQAGAAACYPYe5NmHp%2B2JMhMi7yxGiTJkPrKr5t53CooMSQt2orsSd3M8ngECaRA0SmyU4KT%2FnomKR%2Bekfv00jipkJOU6R0H0IHwdw9uEIHN8zgy9CTJ0pADp0H9n17gAxhbVKBrfv6U%2FXJEwQMdsyIp86uJLQIfIhFh9iUxW%2BE%2Bhz8m5EY%2BvpqTtWdw3LYgHlAzFMxEKQWm5AO68UUdBjDA%2FT8MXNHc5pCFvmgdCEx1FHJ5bYO6yN4X4yegz1Uj0jJp85jtA%2BzpcMrALWOftgN7utid0dtOt4ST%2BSwYDzh45dDDtla1YDKiG%2FicklpxQlcZdYXCOtqmW06Dm9AgvXpl7a3RdGqZ88DUmKUT3aY2sOcKKbi1YJAL1wT%2Bvm9x8%2FYMN1Kg%2BXJvWq70wjMAdZw5Y5gx5G5W6EUc04MWgJvVKHslXUL16tN%2B0ttAA5EVvurIYDOwzP1d6pkKrh5RZ1rVhRF2aXbrLkfN5UzrNAFcAF8tpi%2BfXJ7P8gLDqe4pDuF1HhELo3U1DFdnjKiRWHaDwkK42CXv1y6EYWZm3wZWvPsJXy6yihDB7SWwsA1WRcuqmiZwhqwUk7nNpYVe8YX7ubtOSZRQyJZ14tncRPzPA2CcKO78tdmEdd3vkK0WDqYg8nJxK%2FJS6G5SQdEJcDWSovbWAjcdv21ERz01QoK6xFylyrbAAt6mEt%2F8X7Dii24uWHiuP0qIvcCzJEE0ihy1QIjpbZbO7fgeN2NVmAY45OliC4IurYkIheefU%2F52ZdGYjvF%2FdaWzaVbl12kY2mtFG3ONm5kDgubhFfygILN5saPhjx6kN|clp%3A2334524|tkp%3ABk9SR6r3y4uhXw Edit: I've just noticed you said steel wheels, 🙄, I think I need a coffee to wake up ☕🤣 There are lots of 17" alloy wheels on ebay in the uk with summer tyres on, might be worth looking at those and swapping tyres as they aren't expensive.
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  32. Hello Ian, Many thanks for a very enlighten post. It seems that increasing the ethanol content to 10% results in a weakened mixture, which can manifest itself as a lowering of performance, and an increased consumption. Others may disagree and have better evidence than me that the consumption is not affected to any noticeable degree - it would be interested to hear of these experiences. Your post was of particular interest to me, since my 3ltr non-Audi was 3/4 filled with E10 and this seems to be disappearing at a rate of knots greater than when last filled with E5. Very limited, and not very scientific experience, but I intend to return to E5 and see what happens. Many thanks again for your post. Kind regards, Gareth.
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  33. This problem was reported earlier on this forum. it was suggested that the ECU overheated causing this type of problem. unfortunately no feedback came from the poster as to whether this fixed the problem. it would be great if people posted a reply to fixing a problem.
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  34. Hi Don you will only get the dipstick from America I tried with mine but if you factor in the postage and possible customs charges it is cheaper just to buy the level sensor, I will see if I can get a part number based on your VIN. Regards Steve.
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  35. Turns out the drivers side central locking mechanism was faulty. New one fitted, problem sorted!
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  36. Thanks guys, good call. I'll be booking it in tomorrow. I'll follow up on this forum just for others benefit. Robin
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  37. Hi all models from 2004 need a BEM recode but almost any of the diagnostic platforms can do this using the original BEM Code and changing one digit it thinks its getting a new O.E. battery and as long as the BEM is happy life is good. Steve.
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  38. Hi Gareth, I suspect electrical as on occasion heard strange sounds from behind climate control unit just before heater stopped working and not since, also, both inlet and outlet pipes through bulkhead are hot, and with the recent flush, no sign of blockage, I would've thought that if it was the matrix, then it would have been a gradual loss of heat, not more or less instant. Mike
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  39. Just for your info, and to show how things change. Lincoln cancelled until next Friday 12th. Now going to Wigan on Monday to bring back a MG ZS EV. Have to do some calculations as to where to recharge. If you stop too early you may have to stop again. It's 255 miles and the battery range is approx 150 depending on temperature. M6 Corley is 111 miles and M1 Watford Gap is 145 miles. It's going to be tight. Wish I was driving my A6 diesel.
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  40. I am glad to hear both faults are fixed Arron. In summary, the temperature problem you asked about was solved by a new thermostat. The faulty battery had nothing to with it. As Gareth pointed out earlier detail is king.
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  41. Hi Driven down to Spain many times. On and off motorways. If you are thinking of stopping on The Costa Brava Hotel Alga in Callela de Parafugell is OK. It's 3 star trying very hard to be four. Nice gardens 5 minute stroll to the beach. C de P is very chic. Return journey must be made on the Autoroute so that you cross the Millau viaduct. It is a cable stay bridge designed by Norman Foster. The motorway deck is 1000ft high. The view is really rather good. Bon Voyage Tony
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  42. Hey @Bott - I've got a Vesuvius Grey A6 S-Line saloon. It does indeed look black depending on the light - but when sun shining it really shows the darker grey as well as the metaillic particles/flecks. Not sure about the history of the colour - I'm in Ireland but my car is originally from UK.
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  43. Thanks Arron, obviously a good call then. Detail is king. Kind regards, Gareth,
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  44. Hello Arron, Just one point to add to Steve’s response - don’t take it to the same garage to renew the thermostat, as the ones who suggested your symptoms were as a result of a faulty water pump - rather than a faulty thermostat! Kind regards, Gareth.
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  45. black tape lol
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  46. Hello A (Anonymous?) If you have never worked on a car before the best tip I can give you is get some instruction from somebody who knows what he is doing. Learn how to use the tools, how to immobilise the car, how to jack it up safely, and even how to clean your hands at the end of the day. To imagine you can charge in knowing nothing more than a few fault codes is the height of foolishness.
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  47. I'm pretty sure your stuck with the screens. Firmware updates normally fix bugs and are sometimes needed in order to ensure that later version maps work. Have a look on this link it might help https://mca.electricmura.ro/en/blog-audi-mmi-mib-models/
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  49. Hi everyone Ive just retro fitted cruise control & DIS (driver information system) stalk to my 2006 B7 also did another lads from work last week. Its was fairly easy to do and for the £40 I paid for a second hand squib / levers , well worth the money! Ive put this video together on how to fit the stalks and run through the coding using a snap on scanner (in expert mode) Ive not gone into great detail explaining how I found the exact codes I needed to input but have put links to the rosstech site where the codes are explained a lot better , its fairly easy to get your head round once you have a quick read.. ive also put a link in the video description to a google drive file which again explains the procedures quite well. along as you can work out your correct codes you can follow my coding procedure but just entering the codes which suit your vehicle 🙂
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