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Forum: D2 - Engine Bay Yesterday, 09:34 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By steamship
Links are as follows, and a thoroughly good read,...

Links are as follows, and a thoroughly good read, even if you're not mechanically minded, like me:

Stephen's - http://forum.a8parts.co.uk/showthread.php?t=14859&highlight=workshop

Big Red -...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay Yesterday, 01:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 148
Posted By steamship
From what I can find, 'industry standard' for the...

From what I can find, 'industry standard' for the timing belt is 3.7 hours. The water pump shows 4.7 hours, which I believe is because the timing belt has to come off as well for that.

However,...
Forum: VCDS (aka Vagcom) 10th December 2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 135
Posted By steamship
The biggest surprise I got from reading that was...

The biggest surprise I got from reading that was that 'Tested Since Memory Clear' was the actual VCDS description, and not what I thought was your general comment.

If you've taken the car for a...
Forum: VCDS (aka Vagcom) 10th December 2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 135
Posted By steamship
Did you save a copy of the scan, and if so, could...

Did you save a copy of the scan, and if so, could you attach it to a post? The reason for that is because the 'freeze frame' stuff and other information may help others identify the problems.

I'll...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 10th December 2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By steamship
With the various terms used already to try and...

With the various terms used already to try and explain Jim's plight, I'm reminded of the scene in Airplane II where they're skimming through Roget's thesaurus looking for new words to describe how...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 9th December 2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 754
Posted By steamship
This is just a FYI, following Andrew identifying...

This is just a FYI, following Andrew identifying the relay, part number 431951253H.

Searching ETKA for that part number shows it was used in the A8 up until 1999, and is listed as being used 'for...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 9th December 2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 754
Posted By steamship
Just had another look at what I posted. The first...

Just had another look at what I posted. The first image is okay, but when I was scanning through the list of relays on ETKA, the one that 'caught my eye' was the 'gearshift lock' one, and since...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 8th December 2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 754
Posted By steamship
You could be right! Maybe I was picking up on an...

You could be right! Maybe I was picking up on an earlier comment I'd seen here or on another forum.

I spent 10 hours helping a mechanic friend do a full brakes and suspension change on a car...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 8th December 2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 754
Posted By steamship
These illustrations may help out as well. One is...

These illustrations may help out as well. One is from the current diagram PDF with a reference to J207, and the second is from ETKA showing in which board it's located in the footwell. I've included...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 2nd December 2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 416
Posted By steamship
Here in NI, the tests are conducted slightly...

Here in NI, the tests are conducted slightly differently. The first stop in the building is where the emissions, lights, wipers, seat belts, etc. are all checked by the tester. The next stop is for...
Forum: D2 - Body and Exterior 28th November 2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By steamship
Lots of us have had issues with these grommets...

Lots of us have had issues with these grommets perishing over time, and as you've found, you can't get them. Part of the problem is that they are moulded onto the cables somehow.

For a possible...
Forum: D3 - Fuel and Exhausts 26th November 2019, 12:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By steamship
Going by the black soot, quite surprised I never...

Going by the black soot, quite surprised I never heard it (though I usually stood at the back when starting it).

BTW You need to add ACC to your signature ;)

EDIT: Just a little addition. About...
Forum: D3 - Body and Exterior 25th November 2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By steamship
It might be worth getting a quote from them...

It might be worth getting a quote from them first, as getting it replaced under your car insurance 'may' be cheaper. I had mine replaced through my car insurance at a cost of 75, and it didn't...
Forum: D4 - Common Faults 24th November 2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,748
Posted By steamship
Not familiar with the D4 so just guesswork....

Not familiar with the D4 so just guesswork. Before you disconnect the parking brake switch, could you watch it again but with the parking brake not set (assuming the car is parked on a level surface)...
Forum: Daily banter 24th November 2019, 06:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 664
Posted By steamship
This is getting intriguing! A lovely looking...

This is getting intriguing!

A lovely looking car Brian. I heard one in a multi-storey a few years back and it sounded glorious, and the driver was just tootling along.
Forum: D3 - Engine Bay 24th November 2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 210
Posted By steamship
Here's what I found based on pictures of items...

Here's what I found based on pictures of items being sold as MAP sensors for your engine. It is part #30 in the attached illustration. The part number is 038906051C, although you may want to double...
Forum: D3 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 24th November 2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By steamship
He instead went for a full aftermarket air...

He instead went for a full aftermarket air suspension kit... five grands worth!
Forum: D2 - Lights 24th November 2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 569
Posted By steamship
I've just had a look at the spare headlight unit...

I've just had a look at the spare headlight unit that I have, and can confirm that it is attached by a single screw (from inside the unit). If you look at the illustration I had in a previous post,...
Forum: D2 - Lights 23rd November 2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 569
Posted By steamship
Just went out and checked mine, and it's the...

Just went out and checked mine, and it's the same. The following photo of mine shows the actuator in situ (highlighted in red). It is located inside the headlight unit in the corner closest to the...
Forum: D2 - Lights 22nd November 2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 569
Posted By steamship
Not sure what sort your headlights are, but...

Not sure what sort your headlights are, but here's an illustration showing the control motor (#12).
Forum: Daily banter 22nd November 2019, 09:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Posted By steamship
Sure-footed, excellent ground clearance, fuel...

Sure-footed, excellent ground clearance, fuel efficient and reasonably low emissions. You should have neigh problem off road.
Forum: D4 - Body and Exterior 21st November 2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,538
Posted By steamship
There are others on the forum who have had issues...

There are others on the forum who have had issues with the drains on the D3, so they can best advise. Can't recall ever reading about D4 drain issues on here.

From your signature, could I assume...
Forum: Daily banter 21st November 2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By steamship
and WHAT AN UPGRADE!

and WHAT AN UPGRADE!
Forum: D4 - Body and Exterior 21st November 2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,538
Posted By steamship
Should that question be 'How easy is it to access...

Should that question be 'How easy is it to access for the D4s?' If so, the answer is I don't know. I've only ever had a problem with the plenum drains on the D2, and don't have a D4.
Forum: D4 - Body and Exterior 20th November 2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,538
Posted By steamship
I wasn't sure if you meant for the D3 or D4, so...

I wasn't sure if you meant for the D3 or D4, so I've provided both sets. The sunroof one looks identical in both (the illustration only shows two, but they're mirrored on other side).
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 20th November 2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By steamship
These endoscopes are brilliant little pieces of...

These endoscopes are brilliant little pieces of equipment. I bought one several years ago, and have used it for several spying episodes. From finding a dropped washer in a Shogun engine cylinder,...
Forum: D4 - Body and Exterior 20th November 2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,538
Posted By steamship
The mind boggles as to the implications of this...

The mind boggles as to the implications of this happening on an EV. Considering the issues most of us have experienced with our cars on water ingress, you'd think they'd spend a few more euros trying...
Forum: D3 - Common Faults 19th November 2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,610
Posted By steamship
Just pour some water into the pipe shown in your...

Just pour some water into the pipe shown in your picture above (post #42). If it's blocked, you'll soon know, and some people have used the likes of Mr. Muscle in them to clean them, and then flushed...
Forum: Daily banter 19th November 2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 191
Posted By steamship
I believe the reason for the boot being smaller...

I believe the reason for the boot being smaller in part is due to the amount of electronics in the car, which are positioned across the length of the back seat. Not sure about the rest of the boot.
Forum: D3 - Body and Exterior 18th November 2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 774
Posted By steamship
If this is the case, I wonder if there is a...

If this is the case, I wonder if there is a setting in the MMI for this. Even though I have keyless entry/start on the S8, I rarely used it, and never gave the car a chance to use it if available, as...
Forum: D3 - Common Faults 18th November 2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,610
Posted By steamship
Everything looks dry as well, but since...

Everything looks dry as well, but since everything seems clears, I'm still going to ask a stupid question.

When you had those pipes disconnected, did you try pouring some water down them to see if...
Forum: Daily banter 15th November 2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 442
Posted By steamship
Or as our American friends would say, you're...

Or as our American friends would say, you're parting it out.
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 14th November 2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 961
Posted By steamship
Back to the mainland again.

Back to the mainland again.
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 14th November 2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 961
Posted By steamship
Well, the car is now officially sold. :-( ...

Well, the car is now officially sold. :-(

However, I suspect it will be resurfacing here in the coming weeks.
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 13th November 2019, 08:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By steamship
Regarding getting a replacement screen, there is...

Regarding getting a replacement screen, there is a company called BBA Reman (http://www.bba-reman.com/gb/index.aspx) who offer this service. There may be others which other forum members might know...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 13th November 2019, 08:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Posted By steamship
I've never been one for using cruise control,...

I've never been one for using cruise control, which is somewhat ironic considering I retrofitted ACC to the D3 S8, but this feature you mention on the Tesla is a brilliant idea.
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 13th November 2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 961
Posted By steamship
3/4 months I was contemplating selling it, but...

3/4 months I was contemplating selling it, but didn't want to face the reality. Only took another two months to finally make the decision.
Forum: D3 - Common Faults 13th November 2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,610
Posted By steamship
I forgot about that suggestion about trimming the...

I forgot about that suggestion about trimming the ends (which I also did to the ones in the wheel arches).

Soaking them in warm/hot water to make them a bit more flexible also helps when refitting.
Forum: D3 - Common Faults 13th November 2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,610
Posted By steamship
That sounds like the drains either side of the...

That sounds like the drains either side of the transmission tunnel being blocked.
Forum: D4 - Everything Else 9th November 2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By steamship
Audi UK seem very reluctant to release any...

Audi UK seem very reluctant to release any information about their cars. Considering they will have detailed electronic records of every car they build, they should be able to tell you everything it...
Forum: D3 - Interior Electrics 9th November 2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 154
Posted By steamship
First suggestion would be to do a scan of the car...

First suggestion would be to do a scan of the car and save the results. Check section 08-HVAC to see if there are any error codes there. Then clear the codes in the HVAC section, take the car for a...
Forum: D4 - Everything Else 9th November 2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By steamship
As far as I know, there isn't any way of...

As far as I know, there isn't any way of obtaining the previous MOT details. I can check my D2 history using various sites online, and it shows that the MOT doesn't expire until April 2020, but the...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 8th November 2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 961
Posted By steamship
I still have my LPG D2 3.7, so not yet.

I still have my LPG D2 3.7, so not yet.
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 8th November 2019, 04:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 961
Posted By steamship
For Sale: 2008 Audi S8 (D3) 5.2 V10 450bhp in Suzuka Grey

Never listed the car here, as I thought I'd get enough interest from the Audi groups on Facebook. I bought the car from NIILS back in February 2018 when the opportunity arose, and was hoping to keep...
Forum: D2 - Sat Nav, ICE, Audio & TV 7th November 2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By steamship
Ditto. Bought mine from Scott five years ago, and...

Ditto. Bought mine from Scott five years ago, and still sitting in it's box.
Forum: D3 - Body and Exterior 7th November 2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By steamship
Despite what Elsa says, it's not necessary to...

Despite what Elsa says, it's not necessary to remove the rear parcel shelf. I know this because of an incident I had with my rear windscreen.

As Paul mentions, they use a cheese wire cutting tool...
Forum: D4 - Everything Else 7th November 2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By steamship
A Northern Ireland registered car, so from one of...

A Northern Ireland registered car, so from one of only two dealers here, and their Belfast site cost 4.5 million 10 years ago, so not that poor!

You will also have discovered that you won't find...
Forum: D3 - Interior Electrics 5th November 2019, 08:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,139
Posted By steamship
I'm not versed in electronics but that was...

I'm not versed in electronics but that was exactly my thought when I dismantled mine to see if they could be repaired. Ended up just binning them.
Forum: D4 - Everything Else 5th November 2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 938
Posted By steamship
The following site indicates that it's a valid...

The following site indicates that it's a valid VIN number:

https://www.vindecoderz.com/EN/check-lookup/WAUZZZ4HXEN014402

although you have to 'buy' the important information. I've used the site...
Forum: Owners Meets 4th November 2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,432
Posted By steamship
It couldn't have happened to a better person Ray....

It couldn't have happened to a better person Ray. You're an inspiration to us whippersnappers, and long may it continue... Are you now the official club mascot?
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