Sponsored by HUMAN Speakers 15 Year Service RETURN

Audi Fifteen Year (or 225,000 mile, as if your odometer still worked!) Service:

The following items can be expected to need replacement if they have not been done to your knowledge within the last three years:

Main Group I: Engine and Clutch

  • Engine mounts
  • Transmission mounts
  • Subframe bushings
  • Control arm bushings
  • Sway bar end links and bushings
  • Rear differential mounts

  • Clutch
  • Clutch slave cylinder
  • Clutch master cylinder
  • Weld in reinforcement for master cylinder mounting area

  • Water pump
  • Timing belt
  • Accessory belts

  • Valve lifters
  • Remove, repair, replace or disable brake assist vacuum pump

  • Underhood vacuum hoses - plain tubing
  • Underhood vacuum hoses - molded pieces

  • Ignition wires
  • Spark plugs
  • Cap and rotor

  • Air filter

Main Group II: Gas Tank, Exhaust, and Heater

  • Fuel pump
  • Fuel pressure accumulator
  • Fuel filter
  • Short molded fuel lines
  • Main metal fuel pressure line
  • Fuel injectors

  • Exhaust manifold studs
  • Exhaust hangers

  • Heater core
  • Radiator & coolant hoses
  • Radiator
  • Thermostat
  • Coolant expansion tank
  • Heater valve

    Main Group III: Transmission

  • Gearshift linkage

  • Differential lock hoses
  • Differential lock assemblies

Main Group IV: Front Axle, Differential and Steering

  • Strut inserts
  • Strut bearings
  • Ball joints
  • Tie rods

Main Group V: Rear Axle

  • Strut inserts
  • Strut bearings
  • Ball joints
  • Tie rods
  • Springs

Main Group VI: Wheels and Brakes

  • Rear Calipers
  • Four Rotors
  • Eight Pads
  • Handbrake cables
  • Flush fluid

Main Group VII: Hand & Foot Levers, Safety Covers

  • Accelerator pedal to cable bushings
  • Foot pedal pads

Main Group VIII: Body

  • Get lucky and close sunroof. Remove switch to disable potential roof leak
  • Drivers door handle, for the fourth time
  • Reattach front door pockets
  • Rear view mirror
  • Try to get a new key made from the original, but lost, code

  • Front bumper reflectors (no longer available)
  • Front signals

  • Windshield washer hoses
  • Windshield washer nozzles
  • Windshield washer pump
  • Windshield

  • Trunk lift shocks
  • Trunklid wiring

Main Group IX: Electrical

  • Separate and clean all electrical connections that are outside the passenger compartment

  • Cruise control hoses
  • Cruise control link rod bushing
  • Also clean pedal switches

  • Starter
  • Battery
  • Voltage Regulator
  • Alternator if that doesn't help

  • Two or three power window switches
  • Headlight switch
  • Headlight switch socket
  • Relay headlights, replace switch and socket again
  • Power mirror switch

  • Radio
  • Speakers
  • Power antenna

(In short: if it isn't painted the same color as the body and wasn't replaced recently, plan on buying a new one.)

The following items will need to at least be tested for proper operation:

  • Oxygen sensor
  • Fuel distributor potentiometer
  • CIS-E temperature sender
  • Radiator fan thermoswitch
  • Idle stabiliser valve

If any two items on this list apply, please save everyone the trouble of worrying about your car and get a nicer one to play with:

  • Any rust except "surface" blemishes
  • It runs poorly and you don't fully understand how CIS-E works
  • The clutch makes funny noises or slips
  • The exhaust manifold leaks or has broken studs
  • Coat hangers or zip ties are used to hold more than two systems together
  • The ashtray is full