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Audi A4 I have a 2004 Audi A4 -- I have engine code P0010.

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I have a 2004 Audi A4 -- I have engine code P0010. My car runs OK. Shutters occasionally coming to a stop. Does not have good pick up from a stop either. CEL is on. Not bad gas mileage, but not great. I have cleared the code but it just comes back. Any ideas??

AudiDoc :

Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.

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I'll need to ask a few questions, if you're able to get into the chat here

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hello there

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let me know when you're ready

AudiDoc :

Ok, well, it looks as if you're possibly having trouble with the chat function?

Customer:

yes

AudiDoc :

oh, you made it

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excellent

AudiDoc :

so a few questions.

AudiDoc :

1) are there any other codes present?

Customer:

no

AudiDoc :

2) how many miles are on the car?

Customer:

114000...I just bought it about 2000 miles ago. I dont know if the belt has been changed.

AudiDoc :

ok, you covered my 3rd question....

AudiDoc :

Right now, I'd be suspect of a few things. 1) timing belt maintenance. Is the crank to exhaust cam timing correct. 2) is there a problem with oil pressure, possibly due to a sludge problem, which causes the cam chain tensioner to go slack 3) is the chain tensioner collapsed or are one of the chain tensioner rails cracked

AudiDoc :

all of these things need to be checked out very carefully by a person/shop who knows VAG products well

AudiDoc :

you should be seeing at least mid-20's to high 20's for mileage

Customer:

engine has sludge issues I believe. Oil cap has build up on it. Dip stick has build up on it.

AudiDoc :

no good, but if caught early enough, it can be dealt with

Customer:

This could be effecting the cam chain tensioner

Customer:

?

AudiDoc :

absolutely....the chain tensioner is the highest oil-fed component in the engine....

AudiDoc :

when oil pressure drops due to sludge, the tensioner begins to collapse

AudiDoc :

and causes tensioner and cam position codes

AudiDoc :

I'm surprised you haven't seen a P0341 code yet

AudiDoc :

time to have the oil pan removed, and oil pump pickup tube inspected or replaced. This is the best remedy to low pressure problems

AudiDoc :

have have the oil pan completely cleaned

Customer:

I hear no noise at the engine that makes me suspect of tensioner problems

AudiDoc :

but there is definitely a tensioner code

AudiDoc :

it's really best to have an oil pressure test done with a mechanical gauge

AudiDoc :

this will tell you for sure if the code is oil pressure-related

Customer:

definatly a tensioner code?? explain

AudiDoc :

P0010 - camshaft position actuator circuit - bank 1

AudiDoc :

your engine only has one bank as it's an inline-4

AudiDoc :

and there is only one actuator (chain tensioner)

Customer:

crank to exhaust timing will be corrected with proper chain tension

Customer:

?

AudiDoc :

crank to exhaust timing is completely controlled by the timing belt. Exhuast to intake timing is completely controlled by the chain and tensioner

AudiDoc :

hopefully this will clear things up for you and give you a game plan for the work needed

Customer:

buy just inspecting the oil pump pick up tube and replacing it would help? Would not the engine need some sort of a flush?

AudiDoc :

I haven't done a flush on one of these in a very long time

AudiDoc :

start with the pickup tube if pressure is low

AudiDoc :

I do really need to sign off for the night, but I trust the amount of information I've provided has given you a sufficient road map to take care of your question

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I am sorry about not excepting the answer months ago. I creared the gmail account and have not really used it. I did not realize that I did not pay you. Accept my apologies