Question about 1998 Audi A4
I have a problem that you described in this post. I have an Audi A4 1.8T (1998) and was checking the spark plugs and noticed some oil on the wires and spark plugs. Could this be the gasket problem you addressed? Also the mechanic that did the oil change overfilled it (could this be the cause as well?). Anyway could you send me that link about changing the gasket.
Sounds exactly like a valve cover gasket problem. The parts run less than $30 from www.ecstuning.com or www.purems.com - I've dealt with both companies and they're excellent. How much was the oil overfilled by? If only a half-quart or so, don't sweat it. If it was more than that though, I'd drain some off, check the level, then top it back off to the proper amount. Too much extra oil creates excessive crankcase pressure, which can push oil out past the seals. That could be why it leaked, but if you have a 98, there's probably enough age on the gasket that it would be a good idea to change it anyhow - it's cheap and easy enough to do.
As for changing the gasket, here's the link that'll show you how to do it:
This was based on a 2001, but it's still a B5 chassis car. The engine is somewhat different but overall the same steps should carry over. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll help you out with it.
Posted on Aug 29, 2008
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