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Audi a4 problem

Starts then cuts out after 3 seconds if i rev engine and quickly turn the ignition off and back on again runs for another 3 seconds

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  • Anonymous Sep 01, 2008

    A4 ignition problem! On Starting, the engine fires and revs to around 1000 RPM then cuts out as quickly as it started. It is an intermitent fault, and sometimes will start normally. sometimes cut out 2 or 3 times then start, and on other occasions may take 15- 20 attempts to start properly. once it has started every thing runs just fine. please help me. I'm baffeled !!!

  • Harpman1 Sep 17, 2008

    Mine was some thing similar but it didn't rev to 1k, it started for about 2 secs. heard a click sound and cut out. Found the fault myself, it was the key sensor in the ign.Remove the key from ign. and try again.

  • Harpman1 Dec 28, 2008

    Idle speed fluctuates from about 750 to 1100rpm, to improve this slightly I released the petrol cap as I heard a hissing noise. (A4 1.8T sport)

    Thanks for any help. Colin Field

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    IGNITION OFF BUT CAR STILL RUNS.

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Ignition switch is loose...its a pain to fix it because the air bag has to come out. but disconnect the battery and remove it carefully then take the steering wheel off and the ignition switch relay is cone shaped and pressed on to the column. you need to cut it off and the new one will seat itself but that is the problem...vw jettas have the same problems all the time.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008

I had this problem with my old Audi 80 and basically it was a knackered fuel pump. If your car is a few years old avoid the main Audi dealers and take it to an independant Audi/Volkswagon specialist and you will save a small fortune.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008

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