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Change oil and replace timing belt?

I just bought a secondhand 1997 audi A4 here in the philippines... it's too expensive for me to maintain it at the audi shop... what kind of oil can i use for it? any particular brand? and when do i need to change timing belt?

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  • jay navarro Apr 25, 2010

    thank you... is it possible that the odometer be rolled back eventhough it's digital? the car only has ran 55,000 kms. as to the "oil sludge", what necessary steps should i take? does that mean that i should not rev the engine too much? is it better to use fully synthetic oils?

  • jay navarro Apr 25, 2010

    thank you...

  • jay navarro Apr 26, 2010

    sir kelly, my other problem is that one of the spare key needs reprograming... is there a way that i can do that? or do i need to bring the car to the audi shop? the first owner of the car placed an alarm on the car... im have a feeling that something went wrong because the alarm was dismantled when i got the car... might have affected the car's computer system ?

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Hi from the uk ! could you please verify which engine your car has ? also petrol/diesel ?? for an example - if engine is 1.6 cc or 2.0 cc petrol then belt and tensioner advised you change at 75000 miles bear in mindthiese engines are interferance type that is to say should beltfailure occure ? there will be piston to valves contact resulting in damage ? which i assume you are aware of ? as for oil ?if engine is good then if you go to auto supermarket they will advise on oil viscosity/type suitable for your engine and your budget ? make sure you change the oil filter too ! for info= if you wish to DIY cambelt/tensioner as a kit ?which is best policy then job is reasonably easy if you are/feel confident and takes around 3 hours to renew may i aso advise you check the water pump (driven by the belt too ) for any sign of impending leakage? if in doubt replace it save you having to strip again in near future should it start leaking ? i advise considering age of your car and possible milage ?? also unless you have history of pump renewal recently ? hope this helps best of wishes

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  • silver top Apr 25, 2010

    hi again thanks for your reply i have read other replys and i agree with what kel 1 guy 2002 he has given sound advice and re your querie on odometer alteration this can and does happen here too in uk unfortunately ? however i would follow advice re engine oil given by kel hope you have many more miles of motoring from you car in future best wishes from n/west uk

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I am in Leyte. You should be running 20-50 oil (Petron is great.) The 1997 engine was VERY prone to "Oil Sludge" build up. (low oil pressure) There were several recalls for the cooling and oil systems on THIS vehicle.

The Timing belts replacement should not exceed 70,000 miles (113,000 km) The problem is... you have no idea when the last belt was changed. I can tell you from experience the rolling back of odometers is common practice here. So if the owner had the belt changed at 100,000 km and then had the speedometer rolled back to 65K you could have a new belt or that the timing belt has "never" been changed. Sadly most people find out when their car won't start.

Kelly

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    As for the oil sludge build up... Use a "motor flushing" agent when you change oil. The 1 liter can will say "Motor flush." You may have a hard time finding it but.. I know most all Mitsubishi dealers have it. I would recommend buyng your first can of "motor flush" there and follow the instructions on the can verbatim. After that you may ask around as to where you can obtain a different souce for the motor flushing agent. As you know.. the sources for things here are different in every region.



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    The dealer should be able to reprogram your key. You will have to show proof of ownership. If they can not reprogram the key ask the DEALER who can perform key re-programming for an AUDI A4.

    I would also ask if the alarm has been disabled. If it has then ask where you can get a equivalent alarm installed. That should have been part of the original deal.



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Use 5W30 or 10W40 and change timing every 90,000km (55000 Miles).

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    Alex Jarema Apr 26, 2010

    20w50 piston oil is built around a premium quality, highly-refined mineral basestock, further enhanced by an ashless dispersant additive system. If you run a mineral oil on a 1997 car with noone knows how many miles on it you are going to get a new engine soon, you do not know what oil was used prior to you buying this car so better stick to manufacturer specifics, as to odometers both manual and digital can be clocked (especially the digital one is easy to do). the water pump should be changed every time you change the timing belt but if you run on coolant you will be fine for two timing belt lives.

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