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Go a dashcam for my bday and figured I might as well us that so you can see what these retrofitted fogs look like from the drivers point of view. Honestly I can't figure out why Audi didn't do this from the start, but it's parent company VW put it on MK3 Jetta's and GTI's. Seems a little backward, but oh well it working good.
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Not a lot has been happening lately. Proudly I can say the S4 has been pretty problem free for some time now. That said, it kind-of feels odd when something isn't wrong.... so, you go looking for something to fix. In that past that can get me trouble so I figure I keep it simple. I put in my K&N Air Filter back when I first got my car, 80k miles or more ago, and I'm sure it likely due for a cleaning. If you have a K&N filter you know it comes in a cherry wood red like color, but mine was more of a charcoal gray.... clearly it needed to be cleaned. Ordered the cleaner and oil kit from Amazon and two days later went to work.....
Not a lot going on lately. Thought I had a bad battery or alternator as I was getting low voltage warning and a poor start. Later discovered one of the terminals under the dash that I have my radio connected to, came loose. After tightening it up the voltage warning went away. So that was the only recent scare.
Anyway some pics of the clean S4...
If you haven't done the timing belt before on your S4 but read how large of a job it is... it's no joke. Soooo much stuff to move out of the way. Basically everything on the front of the card minus the inner coolers needed to be removed. Erik from I.P.M. Auto Service again helped me out a ton. Let's be honest I was more of his assistant on this job (like I normally am). Messing with anything in regards to the engine's timing is not something I wanted to learn the wrong way.
I know I sound like a 2 year old but, I can finally say after 6 years and a lot of $$$ my S4 is finally paid off. So maybe 2014 will be the year I can finally start a big projects or two.... assuming I can get the "OK" from the wife.
Over the weekend my wife and daughter went camping near Mt. Rainier. I joked with my wife that the S4 is going to be jealous that we got to go on some sweet twisty roads... little did I know that some how my S4 was tipped off about these roads. We get home, open the garage and find a nice large puddle of coolant sitting under the car as if it was giving me the finger. Oh, happy days.
So I got a coolant leak somewhere. Unlikely the Aux water pump as that was replace recently and the coolant temp sensor is looking fine and it was replaced recently as well. I hope it was just a hose that came off or something simple. In any case, I need to get my thermostat replaced (it's stuck open 75% of the time) so this might be the sign to get it done. Which also means I should replace the timing belt. Let's not forget the rear brake pads are in need of replacing (hope there is enough rotor left). Anyone got a credit card or two I could borrow? ;)
For the time being, the S4 is staying in the garage for a week or so since I don't have the $$$ for parts to fix it.
I have an aftermarket Alpine stereo installed and love it. No it's not as clean looking as the factory setup but, it offers the missing features the factory stereo just could not offer. That said the one thing that I really liked about the factory stereo was that it did not shut off until you pull the key literally out of the ignition. Installing the Alpine deck many many years ago lost that feature and I've always been searching for a way around that.
So for the past view days I've been literally sitting in my car trying to find something I could tap the "remote switch" wire from my aftermarket stereo into that I knew would not turn off until the key was pull out of the ignition. I only found two options, was the power windows or into the one of the small L.E.D. bulbs for the window and lock buttons on the driver side door. The down side to this is that once the door opens those stopped receiving power. Not exactly how the factory stereo worked before... but it was close.
I used the projected fog lamps that came stock off a MK3 Jetta GLX VR6. No, not my old car, but my little brother's car as he was donating it. His car had seen better days so I took what I needed before it was towed away.
Eye'ing the MK3 fogs and a spare set of stock B5 S4 fogs I had, there looked to be some possibility to making it work. Obviously I'm looking for simple functionality because the 3000k HID's I have in my stock fogs now just weren't being used to their full potential.
First time in years I can finally say... my S4 is error code free! Fixed a recent misfire and replaces the bank 2 sensor 2 O2 sensor. My Evap Purge Valve was acting up, but I put some Seafoam solution in it and to my surprise that cleared up that code. Let's see how long this last....
Ok well that didn't last long... just got a new code for the Bank 2 sensor 1 O2 sensor. I knew I should have replaced both. Oh well I was just trying to get past emissions at the time so another fix for another time.
If it hasn't happened to you, it will some day. Our cars have a weak point with the headlight washer pump that causes all of the washer fluid to leak out of the system. Likely it's related to removing the front bumper from over the years... not sure. Anyway, since I would rather not wasting my money on filling up the washer fluid once a day, I just let it go dry. The down side is that everytime I start the car I get a chime and Mount Saint Helens like animation goes off in the cluster. At the time I discovered the leak and found out how involved it was to get it fixed, I figured I could live with the washer fluid warning light.... 3 months later I'm getting sick of it! I know, "just fix the leak", you say, but replacing the EGT's was just a pain in the a$$ and I'm a little low on motivation and cash.
So I did a little reading online and came up with a idea, I'm sure I'm not the first, but I didn't find any exact D.I.Y.. Sorry no pics as I did this about 5 mins prior to leaving for work this morning. Steps below the break: