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Premature oil pump failure 04 A4 3.0 Quattro

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. Thanks 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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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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