Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.
ok, few things to work through here, but let me offer you something first...
actually, let me ask this first. Where have you had oil changes done?
hoping that you're able to get into the live chat, since there's a lot of information that I'd like to exchange
I Goodyear serice center by my home.
ok, thanks. XXXXX sure you want me to be completely straightforward with you, correct?
Ok, good. Related to any possible participation by Audi, that's a futile effort for a couple of reasons, but the biggest one being there there is no Kendall oil that is on the VW/Audi 502.00 oil standards list
let me link you to this list for future reference: http://www.my-gti.com/2534/
ok, so let's talk about what needs to be done to fix your problem. It's not an oil pump
but it is likely sludge-related
so, the oil pan is going to need to be removed and claned
the oil pump pickup tube, with strainer screen (one part) will have to be replaced
Service manager told me and I can only assume this that it was not a sludge problem because everything looked clean
there is no way of knowing this without either removing the oil pan, valve cover or both
in a lot of cases, the top end of the engine (under the valve cover) looks clean, but the strainer is plugged
also, have you been using Audi, Mann, Hengst or Mahle oil filters?
I ask him when I talk to him tomorrow, Again I assumed he inspected the vehicle because he told me it would cost $135. and I agreed to that, but I don't know what they inspected.
that is extremely important as well
so my suggestion is to find a very competent Audi shop, independent shop
they should be able to get the pickup tube job done in about 6 hours
and the strainer costs $30
sealant another $20
any suggestions I'm in Phoenix Metro AZ
I truly wish I did. I know quite a few other Audi shop owners across the country, but none personally down that area
so what's a general estimate of the total cost? and If it is an oil pump?
I'm usually right around $600-$700 for a job like this. The pump would add another $250
do they flush the engine in any way? how many oil changes should be performed to complete the job, and is that additional?
Ive never flushed it, and have great success...
the oil change should be part of this job...
and then every 5k miles, using 502.00 oil and correct filter
for the extra $250 is worth having them replace the oil pump while there at it? When do they normally go?
I have done about 100 sludge jobs in the past 5 years, and haven't replaced a single pump
so no, in my opinion, it's not worth it
what's your recommendation about keeping the car, is this just going to be the first of potentially many repairs and problems?
well, you're overdue for a complete timing belt/water pump/tensioner/etc job....
that's about $1k
at some point in the near future the plastic crankcase ventilation components will start to crack and fail, costing about $700 to replace
so in the next month, 6 months, year? I have about $2500 to $3000 in repairs?
sorry....let me clarify
timing belt job now
oil job now
that's $1700 or so
crankcase ventilation parts....in your climate....potentially
6 months a year?
6 months a year for?
ah yes.....low 1xx,xxx mile range
you know Audi's should I bag this one and get a newer model Audi for my daughter?
if so is another used A4 a good choice or another model if so what years look good
I know them quite well, and such a difficult question for me to answer....
see...in my case, yep, I'll have my kid in one of these
no questions asked
but, obviously I'm doing my own work on them
of course... if my kids haves a financial questions that I can help with, cars NOt at ALL
and as a financial person, you understand the concept of diminishing value on your asset
is it worth throwing $3k at a $10k car?
Last question on line good Audi parts dealer, I have some interior trim issues that need to be replaced, cup holder arm rest cover, glove box hinge...etc...etc.
ah, so OE (original equipment) parts....
www.ecstuning.com is a good one
thanks for all your help!!!!!