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Old 6th November 2018, 11:03 PM
irelandbuyer irelandbuyer is offline
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Default Air Suspension Compressor about to blow?

Hi Folks,

Hoping someone can help me on this although, reading the posts here, i think i'm in trouble. I was out in the car today, no problems or warning lights on the dash. I park up, and before I reach the front door, there's a banging noise coming from the car. It's like stones in a blender. I open the hood and it's on the passenger side down by the wheel arch (UK car). I'm almost certain it's the air compressor and it's making a massive racket. I took a video and uploaded it onto you tube here.


I'll bring it to my Indy guy tomorrow morning but I know he probably won't have the time to read through threads on it and will probably propose a new pump (if that's what it needs).

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas around fault finding steps that I should propose to him?

If it needs a new pump, i wasn't clear if there was general consensus that the German replacements are up to scratch. I assume if I go main dealer, we're into a 1-2k cost to fix it, right?

Any help or thoughts would be really appreciated.

Thanks Lads,

2007 Audi A8 D3 3.2 FSI
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Old 7th November 2018, 07:18 AM
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It does sound like it could well be the compressor. Some time since I heard mine fail. The procedures are well documented here http://forum.a8parts.co.uk/showthrea...2247#post22247
2009 S8, Silver, B&O, Ceramic Brakes, Advanced Parking Camera, VCDS

2012 A6 3.0 TDI Avant, Silver, 7 Spd STronic, Bose, ACC, Advanced Parking Camera, Power close / open tailgate, Side and Lane Assist, AMI & Jukebox, Adaptive lights with corner and high beam assist, Through load with ski bag, Audi pre sense plus, sports diff and sport suspension, Panoramic roof, Storage pack, MMI touchpad and VIM, etc. Oh and now retro fit rear seat entertainment

Previously: A8 2008 3.0 Tdi sport, B&O
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Old 7th November 2018, 01:34 PM
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Architex_mA8tey Architex_mA8tey is offline
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Also consider a cheaper replacement from Air Dominance - worth asking if they will give you the 25 refund against your old one when you send it in too, as they have done with me and also comes with a 2 year warranty -

Confidence is the feeling you have before you know better . . . .
Audi A8 D2 3.7 Quattro Sport 1999 FL - Melange
20" x 9" Bentley GTC Wheels with 385mm W12 Front Discs & Bentley Caliper Covers, Front Lowered on Coilovers, Xenons, Combined DRLs and LED Foglights to modified OEM front fog lamp position, Alcantara/Leather, Full Black Alcantara headlining + pillars and blind shelf, Bespoke Flat Bottomed Sports Steering Wheel, Dark Myrtle Wood, Autodim Mirrors, Bose, Blinds, Digital TV, Ski Hatch, Modified rear exhaust section for extra V8 Burble
Next - Clean Car, Phantom Aeriel, Clean Car again, Fit Variable Back Box with remote control on/off Loudness, RNS-e, Clean Car again!
Audi A8L D3 4.2 Petrol with LPG - Oyster Grey
and some other A8's A8L's and Mercs
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Old 7th November 2018, 06:12 PM
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Also 158 from Germany if you can wait..
for Petrols only.

for W12 or diesel, I wonder what the difference is?
A8L 3.0TDi SE Quattro 2006

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