Question about 2004 Audi allroad
My 2004 allroad has developed a problem where on the manual height selector it will not rise to full height ( the yellow lamp) It will rise OK to the first two ( greenlamp) levels, occasionally when I press to rise to full height the yellow flashes for 30 seconds or so and then goes out again.
Is this potentially a problem with the air delivery pump system
Any DIY checks or is it the dreaded trip to the Dealer again !!!
I have a 2001 Allroad that had the suspension pump that continued to run, become quite loud and then it failed to keep the car at level one. This all started while under warranty but it finally failed outside of warranty and we all know that Audi denied any coverage but they offered to do the work for $1500 for a new pump and installation. I am quite handy and looked into this pump and any type of replacement parts and I found a way to replace the pump for about $350 new if you have a bit of time and are a little handy. The pumps are not made by Audi, nor Continental as the label on the pump states. They are made by a company that makes the same pumps for Range Rover, BMW, Audi and Mercedes as well as others. The pumps are the same except for the exterior mounting plates and air hookups and wire plugs. These are minor. You can find the pump for a Mercedes for $300 on eBay or approx $425 in the internet. The mounting plates on either end of the pump are swapped out in about 30min (2 strange screws on one end, drilling out 4 small rivets on the other and replacing with 4 small screw/washer/nuts). The air hose inlet/overflow and output may be different depending on the model but metric nylon quick connect fittings are available at McMaster for about $3-$8 depending on how many you need. You also may need to swap out the Audi Wire plug connector, wire crimps and heat shrink tubing. I found out a good deal about these pumps and their specs. The pumps are all similar except for their brackets and connectors to your vechile. Oh, you also have to screw in your temp sensor to the new pump and plug it in. I spent a week learning about these pumps and taking it apart. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Posted on Sep 09, 2008
I have had a bit of the same problem, intermittently. In other Audi forums, folks say that it is tiny holes in the air bladders. These bladders are the heart of the suspension. Air leaks out, causing the car to lower. Fixes are expensive, at about $1000 per. I'm really bummed about it because I just bought my 04 AR for a great deal, and now I'm worried about crazy high repair bills.
Posted on Aug 07, 2008
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