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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Well, according to a couple of previous posts all you need is to be patient, study the parts, learn their relationships and then simply do the job. A simple, straightforward, task that mainly involves understanding some cosmic facts that just are incomprehensible to the unenlightened.

As a life-long wrench turner I'm skeptical but perhaps a lucky few truly possess the Secret Knowledge.
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Over this past winter I swapped out my 2L cylinder head for a new one. It took me three weeks of pounding, pulling, prying, shaking, soaking and lifting to get the old cylinder head off. Ruined two spark plug holes and a cylinder head removal tool in the process.

Another dandy I remember is trying to change a universal joint in my BMW E34’s steering in situ. Trying to slip a 2”-long u-joint into the 1.5”-long gap between two splined rods took several days.

Oh yeah, almost forgot: doing that same cylinder head swap, the brass coolant bleed screw was seized in the coolant manifold. I broke an extractor and cracked the manifold trying to remove it. Extracting the broken extractor took hours. In the end, a grinding bit on a Dremel did it. Fixing the cracked manifold was relatively easy (Dremel out the crack, fill it with JB putty, sand and run a tap through the hole — it’s holding up well).
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Try to do ANYthing on a modern Audi and this is your life. Five systems need to be removed or disassembled to get to the one you're working on. So frustrating.
Yeah, and just try and figure out what light bulbs to use to replace burned out taillights......that Audi was fun to drive, but GOOD riddance!
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I think the comments I made were to guide not instruct and not to be made a "cosmic" recipe for a great aberration. I don't claim to know anything... and usually get set straight by those who do.
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Try to do ANYthing on a modern Audi and this is your life. Five systems need to be removed or disassembled to get to the one you're working on. So frustrating.
Agree! I have an ‘08 S6 with a V10. You can’t reach anything in there.

According to my mechanic (no, I don’t turn wrenches on the V10 myself), most repairs start with:

Step 1: put the car into ‘service position’ (photo below of a similar Audi, not mine, in "service position")

That, apparently, is a 4-hour job. So that’s ~$400 just to get a look at the problem.

That car is for sale. I will miss it, but also not.

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