A friend just had an oil pump failure on his 01 1.8t at 52K miles. Car
has been maintained properly and has not been driven wildly either by
him, or his teenage kids. Audi has diagnosed the problem as a failed
oil pump and not abuse so it sounds like a defective pump. Has anyone
else experienced this, or know of other cases? Given the mileage, Audi
is claiming the problem is out of warranty.
Henry Boyd I bought a 2004 Audi A4 in March of 2008. It was still under warranty at purchase with 32k miles. I had my 45k service done in July of 08 (the car only has 42k miles today). This past week, the oil pressure light came on and the audi dealer is telling me it's oil sludge and that the pump needs to be replaced...for a cost of $2,800 USD. I'm fighting with Audi to have this repair covered. Any advice?
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Re: Premature oil pump failure 04 A4 3.0 Quattro
Absolutely - the 1.8T engine is known for sludging issues. If they diagnosed oil sludge then your engine is covered no matter the mileage. The oil sludge builds up in the 1.8T no matter how well cared for it is, and the sludge can block the oil pickup screen on the oil pump (it's an extremely fine mesh), causing oil starvation and taking out the engine in the process.
Go to www.audiforums.com and do a search there for "oil sludge" and the information will come up. You can learn all about it there. But if your engine has the sludging, and you have receipts proving the oil was changed at the proper intervals, you will get a new engine free of charge - one of the members there is an Audi technician and I remember him posting that he'd changed out a 180k mile engine under warranty due to sludge.
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Why are you running 10 - 40 weight oil. You might want to rethink this. As the miles go up the ware on parts goes up. So I would recommend a 5 - 20 or 5 - 30 high mileage oil. If the oil pump is that new and working properly then this will help with the pressure.
It will live until it dies. Most common cause for engine failure is a failure for the owner to maintain the engine properly. I have a customer with 1,000,000+ miles on a Volvo. Every maintenance item done like clockwork.
Most of that is not scheduled maintenance items. I would have your fuel filter replaced, if not done yet, it should be done every 20,000 miles. Alot of these places get a small commission for selling added services. I would go by the maintenance schedule in your owners manual.
50K miles IS premature for a chain to break. They're pretty tough. Are you sure it's a chain? If it is a BELT, it could be old and broke due to age. They are a synthetic rubber and eventually they deteriorate over time.
You don't specifically state what kind of car your friend has, so I am presuming a 1998 Accord. That car should have a belt.
Either a belt or a chain can fail prematurely if the tensioning system fails. This will allow excessive slack in the chain or belt which will cause damage to the affected drive components. The tensioning systems can fail due to one or more of the following:
Lack of oil pressure, failed tensioning springs, failed pulley bearings, over-revving the engine for ridiculous periods of time, and failed plastic guide components.
Belts can also fail due to chemical contamination (oil or antifreeze leaking on the belt).
Finally - the water pump can fail which will derail the belt as the belt drives the water pump on many Honda 4 cylinder engines.
First, check the oil level, if ts low that could be your problem. If its full, you could have either a faulty oil pressure sending unit, or (hopefully not), a bad oil pump. If the car is still under warranty, I'd take it to Chrysler and have them look at it. You could try a higher viscosity of oil too, but I'd make sure everything else is ok first. That cars still a little too new to be having problems like that.
Typically you don't change the timing belt on a car with less than 80-100K unless the water pump has gone out and you are in there anyway so you change it then to save time and money in the future.
I would say, obviously unless you are having timing issues, that at 52,000 miles you should be good to go for quite a while longer. That being said, if you are having check engine light issues and/or timing issues you might need to take a look at it.
remove sump and look at oil pump pick up pipe /filter sounds like its full of crud and clogging up ,if it appears ok renew oil pump
Five Germans in an Audi Quattro arrive at the Italian border. An Italian police officer stops them and says "Itsa illegala to putta five-a people in a Quattro !"
"Vot do you mean, it's illegal ?" the German drivers asks.
"Quattro means four !" the policeman answers.
"Quattro iz just ze name of ze fokken automobile" the German shouts ... "Look at ze dam paperz: Ze car is dezigned to carry 5 people !"
"You canta pulla thata one on me !" says the Italian policeman. "Quattro meansa four. You havea five-a people ina your car and you are therefor breaking the law !"
The German driver gets mad and shouts "You ideeiot ! Call ze zupervizor over! Schnell! I vant to spik to zum vun viz more intelligence !!!"
"Sorry" the Italian says, "He canta comea. He'sa buzy with a two guys in a Fiat Uno."
Pretty much. The temperature is low enough that if your engine is not properly prepared for the cold you could experience engine issues. i.e. Frozen radiator, tube failures and other issues like low viscosity oil which would create lubrication issues and premature pump failure. Best to ensure that your car is wheater ready for the cold. DRRXR :)
oil type is either 5W-30W or 10W-30W depending how cold your climate is, as far as having the car properly taken care of, the Audi dealer is the best option, they have all the proper tools and service info needed to keep the car in top running condition.