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Service

Maintenance

Audi A6 1998
Edition 05.2012

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Service Department. Technical Information

Service
Maintenance

Heading
1. Overview of engines
2. Delivery Inspection
3. LongLife Service
4. Oil Change Service
5. Inspection Service
6. Description of work
7.
8. Lifting the vehicle
9. Tow-starting/towing
10. Vehicle tests carried out as part of inspection services and maintenance

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Contents
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2
3
4
5
6
6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4
6.5
6.6
6.7
6.8
6.9
6.10
6.11
6.12
6.13
6.14
6.15
6.16
6.17
6.18
6.19
6.20
6.21
6.22
6.23
6.24
6.25
6.26
6.27
6.28
6.29
6.30
6.31
6.32
6.33
6.34
6.35
6.36
6.37
6.38
6.39
6.40
6.41
6.42
6.43
6.44

Overview of engines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Delivery Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LongLife Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Oil Change Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inspection Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Description of work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Turbocharger: greasing rod linkage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Final drive (automatic gearbox): checking oil level, topping up with oil if necessary . . . . . .
Battery: checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery: checking that battery terminals are securely seated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery: checking "no load" voltage before engine is started for first time . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery: performing load test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lights, electrical equipment, switches, displays and other driver-operated controls: checking
operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tyres: checking condition, wear pattern, tread depth and correcting inflation pressures . .
Brake system: visual check for leaks and damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brake pads: checking thickness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brake fluid level (depends on brake pad wear): checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brake fluid: changing (every 2 years) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Electric windows: checking positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Self-diagnosis: interrogating fault memory with fault reader V.A.G 1551 or vehicle diagnostic,
testing and information system VAS 5051 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vehicle keys: checking operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Noise insulation: removing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear window wiper/washer system (Avant): checking jet settings and operation . . . . . . . .
Rear window wiper: eliminating juddering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear lid hinges: lubricating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hydraulic system: checking for leaks, checking hydraulic fluid level and topping up if
necessary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Interior monitoring: checking operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Air conditioner: checking operation and setting temperature to 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Instrument cluster: setting the language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Crankcase pressure:
checking (V6 TDI engines AFB, AKN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Cooling system:with
checking
antifreeze
topping
with coolant
necessary
..........
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information
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V-belt and poly V-belt: renewing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fuel filter: renewing (TDI engines) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fuel filter: renewing (biturbo RS 6) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fuel filter: draining (TDI engines up to chassis number 4BYN 002 887) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Radiator: cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Poly V-belt and toothed belt: checking (RS 6 engines) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bearing bushes for poly V-belt tensioner: checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Air cleaner housing and snow strainer: cleaning; renewing filter element . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine cover panel: removing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine (from above and below) and engine compartment: visual check for leaks and
damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
multitronic gearbox 01J: checking ATF, changing ATF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine oil: draining or extracting, changing oil filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine oil: filling up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine oil level: checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Low range gearing: performing basic setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dust and pollen filter element: renewing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Road test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tyre repair kit: checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wheel bolts: tightening to specified torque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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6.53
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6.55
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6.57
6.58
6.59
6.60
6.61
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Radio / Navigation System plus (chorus, concert, symphony): deactivating transport mode
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Radio / Navigation System Plus: activating anti-theft coding by entering fixed code number
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Service interval display: resetting > 1999 (X) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Service interval display: resetting LongLife Service from model year > 2000 (Y) onwards
........................................................................
Service interval display: resetting Inspection Service (fixed interval) from model year 2000 >
Y onwards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Track rod ball joints: checking play, security and boots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Joints on front axle: checking play, attachment and boots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windscreen wiper/washer system: checking jet settings and operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windscreen and headlight washer system: topping up with washer fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Headlight washer system: checking jet settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wiper blades: checking park position and checking for damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sliding/tilting sunroof: cleaning and lubricating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lock carrier: pulling to front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Manual gearbox: checking oil level, topping up with oil if necessary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Headlights: checking settings and adjusting if necessary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Door hinges with arresters, lock cylinder and bonnet arrester hook: lubricating . . . . . . . .
Transport locks: removing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Telematics: renewing emergency backup battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Underseal: visual check for damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Steps required before disconnecting battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hoses for charge air cooler: cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Plenum chamber: checking and cleaning water drain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Plenum chamber cover: removing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Winter tyres (factory-fitted) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Toothed belt for camshaft drive:
checking
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up to
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Toothed belt: checking (2.5 ltr. TDI engines) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Toothed belt for camshaft drive: renewing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Lifting the vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tow-starting/towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vehicle tests carried out as part of inspection services and maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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110
111
112
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Overview of engines

(AIGG000415; Edition 05.2012)


Petrol engines
Engine code

AFY

AQE

AJP, ARH,
ADR

APU

AEB

Exhaust emis
sions standard
No. of cylinders / valves per
cylinder
Capacity
ltr.
Power output
kW at rpm
Torque
Nm at rpm

EU II

EU II

EU II + D3

EU II

EU II + D3

4/5

4/5

4/5

4/5

4/5

1.8
88/5800
165/3950

1.8
92/5700
168/3500

1.8
92/5700
168/3500

Bore
mm
Stroke
mm
Compression ratio
Fuel injection / ignition

1.8
1.8
110/5700 110/5700
210/
210/
1750 ...
1750 ...
4600
4600
81.0
81.0
86.4
86.4
9.5
9.5
Bosch
Bosch
Motronic Motronic
951)
951)
(unleaded) (unleaded)

81.0
81.0
81.0
86.4
86.4
86.4
9.5
10.3
10.3
Bosch
Bosch
Bosch
Motronic
Motronic
Motronic
RON
min.
88
951)
951)
(unleaded or lea
(unleaded)
(unleaded)
ded)
CN
min.
Self-diagnosis
X
X
X
X
Catalytic converter
X
X
X
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Secondary air system
Lambda control
X
X
X
Exhaust gas recirculation
Exhaust gas turbocharging
X
Exhaust emissions test after 3,
X
X
X
X
5, 7, 9...years

X
X
X
X
X

1) Unleaded RON 91 can also be used, but will result in a slight loss of power.

Engine code

ANB, AWT

Exhaust emis
EU II + D4
sions standard
AWT EU IV
No. of cylinders / valves per
4/5
cylinder
Capacity
ltr.
1.8
Power output
kW at rpm 110/5700
Torque

Nm at rpm

Bore
mm
Stroke
mm
Compression ratio
Fuel injection / ignition

210/
1750 ...
4600
81.0
86.4
9.5
Bosch
Motronic

ARK

AJL

ALT

APC

EU II + D3

EU II +
D3
4/5

EU IV

EU II

4/5

6/5

4/5
1.8
110/5700
210/
1750 ... 4600
81.0
86.4
9.5
Bosch
Motronic

1.8
2.0
132/600 96/5700
0
235/
195/330
2000 ...
0
4600
81.0
82.5
86.4
92.8
9.5
10.3
Bosch
ME 7
Motronic Motronic

2.4
115/5600
230/3500
81.0
77.4
10.5
Bosch
Motronic

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Engine code

ANB, AWT

ARK

AJL

ALT

APC

95
(unlea
ded)

953)
(unleaded)

X
X
X
Auto
matic
01J
X
X

X
X
X
-

RON

min.

95
(unleaded)

95
(unleaded)

CN
Self-diagnosis
Catalytic converter
Electric throttle
Secondary air system

min.

X
X
X
X

X
X
X
X

98
(premi
um or
super
plus un
leaded)
X
X
-

Lambda control
Exhaust gas recirculation
Exhaust gas turbocharging
Exhaust emissions test after
3, 5, 7, 9...years

X
X
X

X
X
X

X
X
X

1)

1)

4)

3)

X
X

2) Code: ALW, ARN, ASM engine designed for local authorities 100 kW
3) Unleaded RON 91 can also be used, but will result in a slight loss of power.
4) Unleaded RON 95 can also be used, but will result in a slight loss of power.

Engine code

AGA, ALF, ALW,


ARN, ASM2)

APS, ARJ

AML

AJG

APZ

Exhaust
AGA-EU II, ALF-EU APS-EU II,
EU IV
EU II
EU II
emissions
II
ARJ-EU II
standard
+ D3
+ D3
No. of cylinders /
6/5
6/5
6/5
6/5
6/5
valves per cylinder
Capacity
ltr.
2.4
2.4
2.4
2.4
2.4
Power output
kW at
121/6000
121/6000
121/6000
120/5600
120/6000
rpm
Torque
Nm at
230/3200
230/3200
230/3200
230/3500
230/3200
rpm
Bore
mm
81.0
81.0
81.0
81.0
81.0
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77.4
77.4
77.4
77.4
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Compression ratio
10.5
10.5
10.5
10.5
10.5
Fuel injection / ignition
Bosch
Bosch
Bosch
Bosch
Bosch
Motronic
Motronic
Motronic
Motronic
Motronic
3)
3)
3)
5)
RON
min.
95
95
95
95
955)
(unleaded)
(unleaded) (unleaded) (unleaded)
(unleaded)
CN
min.
Self-diagno
X
X
X
X
X
sis
Catalytic converter
X
X
X
X
X
Electric throttle
ARN
X
X
Secondary air system
ALF, ARN
ARJ
X
Lambda control
X
X
X
X
X
Exhaust gas recircula
tion

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Audi A6 1998
Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Engine code

AGA, ALF, ALW,


ARN, ASM2)

APS, ARJ

AML

AJG

APZ

Exhaust gas turbo


charging
Exhaust emissions test
after 3, 5, 7, 9...years

5) Unleaded RON 91 can also be used, but will result in a slight loss of power.

Engine code

AMM

BDV

AJK

AZA

ARE, BES

Exhaust emis
sions standard
No. of cylinders / valves
per cylinder
Capacity
ltr.
Power output kW at rpm
Torque
Nm at
rpm

EU IV

EU IV

EU III

6/5

6/5

from week 02.99


EU II + D3
6/5

EU III
BES EU IV
6/5

2.4
120/6000
230/3200

2.4
125/6000
230/3200

2.7
169/5800
310/1700

2.7
169/5800
310/1700

6/5

2.7
184/5800
350
1800 ...
4500
Bore
mm
81.0
81.0
81
81
81
Stroke
mm
77.4
77.4
86.4
86.4
86.4
Compression ratio
10.5
10.5
9.3
9.5
9.5
Fuel injection / ignition
Bosch
Bosch
Bosch
Bosch
Bosch
Motronic
Motronic
Motronic
Motronic
Motronic
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Self-diagnosis
X
X
X
X
X
Catalytic converter
X
X
X
X
X
Electric throttle
X
X
X
X
X
Secondary air system
X
X
X
X
X
Lambda control
X
X
X
X
X
Exhaust gas recirculation
Exhaust gas turbocharg
X
X
X
ing
Exhaust emissions test af
X
X
X
X
X
ter 3, 5, 7, 9...years
6) Unleaded RON 91 can also be used, but will result in a slight loss of power.
7) Unleaded RON 95 can also be used, but will result in a slight loss of power.

Engine code

AGE

AMX

ACK, ALG

APR, AQD

ASN

Exhaust emis
sions standard

EU II

EU IV

APR-EU II,
AQD-EU II
+ D3
6/5

EU IV

6/5

ACK-EU II, ALGEU II


+ D3
6/5

2.8
142/6000
280/3200

2.8
142/6000
280/3200

2.8
142/6000
280/3200

3.0
162/6300
300/3200

No. of cylinders / valves


6/5
per cylinder
Capacity
ltr.
2.8
Power output kW at rpm 137/6000
Torque
Nm at
260
rpm 3000-3200

6/5

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Engine code

AGE

AMX

ACK, ALG

APR, AQD

ASN

Bore
mm
Stroke
mm
Compression ratio

82.5
86.4
10.1

82.5
86.4
10.6

82.5
86.4
10.6

82.5
92.8
10.5

Bosch
Motronic
958)
(unleaded)

Bosch
Motronic
958)
(unleaded)

82.5
86.4
APR-10.6
AQD-10.1
Motronic

Fuel injection / ignition

Bosch
Motronic
min.
958)
(unleaded)

ME 7.1
Motronic
RON
989)
989)
(premium or (premium or su
super plus un per plus unlea
leaded)
ded)
CN
min.
Self-diagnosis
X
X
X
X
X
Catalytic converter
X
X
X
X
X
Electric throttle
X
X
X
X
Secondary air system
X
ALG
AQD
X
Protected by copyright. Copying X
for private or commercial
Lambda control
X purposes, in part orXin whole, is not
X
X
permitted unless authorised by AUDI AG. AUDI AG does not guarantee or accept any liability
Exhaust gas recirculation
X document. Copyright by
- AUDI AG.
with respect to the correctness- of information in this
Exhaust gas turbocharg
ing
Exhaust emissions test af
X
X
X
X
X
ter 3, 5, 7, 9...years
8) Unleaded RON 91 can also be used, but will result in a slight loss of power.
9) Unleaded RON 95 can also be used, but will result in a slight loss of power.

Engine code
Exhaust emis
sions standard

ARS,
ASG

AQJ,
ANK

BAS

BCY

BRV

EU II + EU II +
EU IV
EU III
EU III
D3
D3
ASG EU ANK EU
IV
III
No. of cylinders / valves per
8/5
8/5
8/5
8/5
8/5
cylinder
Capacity
ltr.
4.2
4.2
4.2
4.2
4.2
Power output
kW at rpm 220/620 250/700
220/7000
331
353
0
0
5700-6300
6000-6300
Torque
Nm at rpm
400
420/340
400
560
560
3000-40
0
3000-4000
1950-5500
1950-6000
00
Bore
mm 84.5
84.5
84.5
84.5
84.5
Stroke
mm 93.0
93.0
93.0
93.0
93.0
Compression ratio
11.0
11.0
11.0
9.3
9.3
Fuel injection / ignition
Motronic Motronic
Motronic
Motronic
Motronic
10)
10)
10)
10)
RON
min. 98
98
98
98
9810)
(premi (premi (premium or (premium or super (premium or super
um or
um or super plus un plus unleaded)
plus unleaded)
super
super
leaded)
plus un plus un
leaded) leaded)
CN
min.
Self-diagnosis
X
X
X
X
X
Catalytic converter
X
X
X
X
X
Electric throttle
X
X
X
X
X

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Engine code

ARS,
ASG

AQJ,
ANK

BAS

BCY

BRV

Secondary air system


Lambda control

X
X

X
X

X
X

X
X

Exhaust gas recirculation


Exhaust gas turbocharging
Exhaust emissions test after
3, 5, 7, 9...years

X
AQJ X
ANK 2
probe
X

X
X

X
X

10) Unleaded RON 95 can also be used, but will result in a slight loss of power.

Diesel engines
Engine code
Exhaust emissions
standard
No. of cylinders / valves per
cylinder
Capacity
ltr.
Power output
kW at
rpm
Torque
Nm at
rpm
Bore
mm
Stroke
mm
Compression ratio
Fuel injection / ignition

AFN, AVG

AJM

AWX

AVF

AFB

EU II

EU III

EU III

EU III

EU II

4/2

4/2

4/2

4/2

6/4

1.9
81/4150

1.9
85/4000

1.9
96/4000

1.9
96/4000

2.5
110/4000

235/1900
Protected by copyright.285/1900
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commercial purposes, 310/1900
in part or in whole, is not 310/
1500 ... 3200
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79.5
79.5
79.5
79.5
78.3
95.5
95.5
95.5
95.5
86.4
19.5
18.0
19.0
19.0
19.5
Diesel
Diesel
Diesel
Diesel
Diesel
(direct injec (unit injector) (unit injector) (unit injector) (direct injec
tion)
tion)
CN
min.
45
49
49
49
49
Hydraulic valve clearance
X
X
X
X
X
compensation
Self-diagnosis
X
X
X
X
X
Electric throttle
X
X
X
X
X
Catalytic converter
Oxidizing cat Oxidizing cat Oxidizing cat Oxidizing cat Oxidizing cat
alytic convert alytic convert alytic convert alytic convert alytic convert
er
er
er
er
er
Lambda control
Exhaust gas recirculation
X
X
X
X
X
Charge air cooler
X
X
X
X
X
Exhaust gas turbocharging
X
X
X
X
X
Exhaust emissions test after
X
X
X
X
X
3, 5, 7, 9...years

Engine code
Exhaust emissions
standard
No. of cylinders / valves per cylinder

AKN

AYM, BCZ,
BDG

AKE

BAU, BDH

BFC

EU II + D3

AYM, BCZ
EU III
BDG
EU III + D4
6/4

EU III

BAU EU III
BDH
EU III + D4

EU III

6/4

6/4

6/4

6/4

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Engine code
Capacity
Power output
Torque
Bore
Stroke
Compression ratio
Fuel injection / ignition

ltr.
kW at rpm
Nm at rpm
mm
mm

CN
min.
Hydraulic valve clearance compensa
tion
Self-diagnosis
Electric throttle
Catalytic converter
Lambda control
Exhaust gas recirculation
Charge air cooler
Exhaust gas turbocharging
Exhaust emissions test after 3, 5, 7,
9...years

AKN

AYM, BCZ,
BDG

AKE

BAU, BDH

BFC

2.5
110/4000
310/
1500 ...
3200
78.3
86.4
19.5
Diesel
(direct in
jection)
49
X

2.5
114/4000
310/
1500 ...
2500
78.3
86.4
18.5
Diesel
(direct in
jection)
49
X

2.5
132/4000
370/
1500 ...
2500
78.3
86.4
19.5
Diesel
(direct in
jection)
49
X

2.5
132/4000
370/
1500 ...
2500
78.3
86.4
19.5
Diesel
(direct in
jection)
49
X

2.5
120/4000
310/
1400 ...
3600
78.3
86.4
18.5
Diesel
(direct in
jection)
49
X

X
X
Oxidizing
catalytic
converter
X
X
X
X

X
X
Oxidizing
catalytic
converter
X
X
X
X

X
X
Oxidizing
catalytic
converter
X
X
X
X

X
X
Oxidizing
catalytic
converter
X
X
X
X

X
X
Oxidizing
catalytic
converter
X
X
X
X

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Delivery Inspection

Work to be completed

Page

In the case of stock vehicles: perform steps specified in Technical Service Handbook;
Inspection and Maintenance; Chapter 6
Battery: checking battery terminal clamps for secure seating
page 23
Battery: checking "no load" voltage before engine is started for first time
page 24
Engine (from above) and engine compartment: visual check for leaks and damage
page 62
Cooling system: coolant must be filled to max. level
page 45
Windscreen wiper and washer system: windscreen washer fluid must be filled to max.
page 112
level
Windscreen and headlight washer system: must be filled to max. level
page 111
Engine oil level: checking and topping up with engine oil if necessary
page 72
Brake system: brake fluid must be filled to max. level
page 29
Hydraulic system: checking fluid level
page 41
Removing transport protection, removing protective edge strips on doors
Underside of vehicle, mechanical units, steering, boots, brake system, hoses, fluid
reservoirs: visual check for leaks and damage (without dismantling noise insulation)
Underside of vehicle (underbody): visual check for damage
Tyre pressure on all 4 wheels and spare wheel: check (note: 3.5 bar when car leaves
page 75
factory)
Tyre pressures on all 4 wheels and spare wheel:
checking
page 27
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- See Owner's Manual Storing tyre pressure settings.
Wheel bolts: tightening to specified torque
page 76
Fuses No. 15 (10 A) and No. 37 (20 A), located in ashtray: fitting.
Lights, electrical equipment, switches, displays and other driver-operated controls:
page 26
checking operation
Electric windows: checking positions
page 36
Clock: setting
Air conditioner: checking operation and setting temperature to 22
page 42
Radio or Radio/Navigation System Plus (chorus, concert, symphony): deactivating
page 76
transport mode
Radio/Navigation System Plus: activating anti-theft coding by entering fixed code
page 79
number
Radio/Navigation System Plus: stick label with serial number and fixed code number
(see vehicle data sticker) onto radio card or onto device information card included in
operating instructions for Navigation System Plus.
Radio/Navigation System Plus: storing local radio stations on station buttons (on RDS
radios, do not store until station name appears on display)
Telephone: sticking label with serial number in telephone operating instructions
Telematics: sticking label with serial number in telematics operating instructions
Telematics: initialising telematics services (Workshop Manual for radio, telephone and
navigation system)
Instrument cluster: setting the language
page 42
Service interval display: resetting on vehicles up to chassis number 4BYN 002 887
page 80
Service interval display: resetting Inspection Service from chassis number 4BYN 002
page 80
888
Service interval display: resetting LongLife service from chassis number 4BYN 002
page 82
888
Passenger's airbag: checking key switch on / off, must be set to on
(see Owner's Manual)
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Work to be completed
All control units: interrogating fault memory
(Enter 00 for address word Automatic test sequence)
Windscreen wiper/washer system: checking jet settings and operation
Windscreen wiper/washer system and headlight washer system: checking jet settings
and operation
Protective covers: removing
Cleanliness of vehicle interior: checking front and rear seats, interior trim, carpeting/
mats, windows
Fitting wheel covers/hub trim caps, aerial (components stored in luggage compart
ment)
Cleanliness of vehicle exterior: checking paintwork, trims, windows, wiper blades
Interior monitoring: checking operation
Sticker: entering next service (and date for brake fluid change) and affixing sticker on
left side of dash panel or on door post (B-pillar)
Service Schedule: removing vehicle data sticker from spare wheel well or luggage
compartment floor and sticking into Service Schedule under Warranty entitlement
record. Entering Delivery Inspection.
Owner's literature: checking that it is complete and preparing for handover to customer
Vehicle keys: checking operation
Road test

Delivery Inspection
The entry on the sticker stating whether LongLife Service or In
spection Service applies depends on the country of delivery.
Complete the sticker accordingly:
For vehicles with LongLife Service see below
For vehicles with Inspection Service see below
LongLife Service
On the sticker please tick the box: Next Service as shown in
service interval display.
Brake fluid Service: 24 months from current date.
Note
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Inspection Service (fixed interval)


Oil change service every 15,000 km (9,000 miles) or 12 months.
Inspection service every 30,000 km (19,000 miles).

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page 111

page 42

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Audi A6 1998
Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Month and year: 12 months from current date. Also enter mile
age.
Brake fluid Service: 24 months from current date.
Note

Note oil type used and entry of oil grade in instrument cluster.
Attach completed sticker to left of dash panel, on inside of door
or on door post on driver's side of the vehicle (B-pillar).

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012

LongLife Service
WARNING

Use only engine oil with the specification VW 507 00 on vehi


cles equipped or retrofitted with diesel particulate filter.
Audi A6 from chassis number 4BYN 002 888 (vehicles 2000 >
-Y-)
Extended servicing intervals
Vehicles with petrol engine/ turbocharged petrol engine: max.
30,000 km (19,000 miles) or max. 2 years, oil grade 2
Vehicles with 4-cyl. diesel engine: max. 50,000 km (30,000
miles) or max. 2 years, oil grade 4
Vehicles with 6-cyl. diesel engine: max. 35,000 km (22,000
miles) or max. 2 years, oil grade 3
The oil grade must be entered in the instrument cluster.
LongLife engine oil
New VW standard (specially developed, resistant to ageing) ac
cording to specification:
-VW 503 00- Petrol engines/turbocharged petrol engines
-VW 503 01- Turbocharged petrol engines, 154 kW and above
(only Audi S3, Audi TT, Audi RS 4 and Audi A6 2.7 ltr. biturbo)
-VW 506 00- Diesel engines (not unit injector)
-VW 506 01- Diesel engines (unit injector)
-VW 505 01- Turbocharged petrol engine (RS 6)
-VW 504 00- Turbocharged petrol engine (RS 6)
Note
Vehicles with LongLife Service are already
factory-filled
with for private or commercial purposes, in part or in whole, is not
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petrol of information in this document. Copyright by AUDI AG.
engines, 154 kW and above, only Audi S3, Audi TT, Audi RS 4
and Audi A6 2.7 ltr. biturbo) or -506 00- (diesel engines) or
-506 01- (diesel engines with unit injectors). The conditions for
the LongLife Service with a maximum service interval of
2 years will only be met if this new engine oil is used at oil
change and when topping up.

In the case of vehicles with petrol engines and LongLife Serv

ice it is also possible to use oils which comply with -VW 500
00- , -VW 501 01- or -VW 502 00- , in the case of vehicles with
diesel engines and LongLife Service it is also possible to use
engine oils which comply with -VW 505 00- or -VW 505 01- .
The Inspection Service will then apply. The service interval
display must be programmed to 15,000 km (9,000 miles) / 12
months (oil grade 1).

LongLife Service
Perform LongLife Service according to service interval display
(not later than 24 months after the previous Inspection Service).
The LongLife Service always includes an oil change and addi
tional work.

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012

Note

Vehicles from model year 2000 onwards with LongLife Service


are already factory-filled with engine oil according to VW standard
-VW 503 00- (petrol engines/turbocharged petrol engines) or -VW
503 01- (turbocharged petrol engines, 154 kW and above, only
Audi S3 and Audi TT) or -VW 506 00- (diesel engines) or -VW 506
01- (diesel engines with unit injectors). If vehicles are not filled
with one of these oils at the first service, the service intervals listed
under Inspection Service apply.
Interval

Work to be completed

according to serv
ice interval display
every 60,000 km
(38,000 miles)
every 60,000 km
(38,000 miles)
every 90,000 km
(57,000 miles)

All work to be completed except for jobs marked "XX"

every 120,000 km
(76,000 miles)
every 120,000 km
(76,000 miles)
or after max. 5
years

every 120,000 km
(76,000 miles)

every 180.000 km
(114,000 miles)

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All work to be completed including jobs marked "XX"


In addition to LongLife Service:
page 63
multitronic gearbox: renewing ATF
In addition to LongLife Service:
page 141
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing (4-cyl. TDI
engines)
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing (4-cyl. TDI
page 141
engines with unit injector, up to model year 03)
In addition to LongLife Service:
page 48
V-belt and poly V-belt: renewing (4-cyl. 1.8 ltr. 5V engines)
Poly V-belt: renewing (V6 and V8 petrol engines)
page 48
In addition to LongLife Service:
page 141
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing; checking
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page 141
newing if necessary (use repair kit).(V6 2.7 ltr. petrol
engines, up to model year 00 -Y-)
Toothed belt: renewing; checking coolant pump and re
page 141
newing if necessary (use repair kit). (V6 2.8 ltr. 5V petrol
engines, up to model year 00 -Y-)
In addition to LongLife Service:
page 141
Toothed belt: renewing (4-cyl. 1.8 ltr. 5V turbocharged
petrol engines, from model year 00 -Y- onwards)
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing (V6 2.4 ltr.
page 141
5V petrol engines, from model year 01 -1- onwards, ex
cept 124 kW)
Toothed belt: renewing (use repair kit). (V6 2.7 ltr. petrol
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engines, from model year 01 -1- onwards)
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing (V6 2.8 ltr.
page 141
5V petrol engines, from model year 01 -1- onwards)
Toothed belt: renewing (V6 3.0 ltr. 5V petrol engines)
page 141
Toothed belt: renewing (V8 4.2 ltr. 5V petrol engines, ex
page 141
cept RS 6)
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing (4-cyl. TDI
page 141
engines with unit injectors, up to model year 04 -4-)
Toothed belt for camshaft drive and toothed belt for injec
page 141
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tion pump: renewing (V6 TDI engines)
Bearing bushes for poly V-belt tensioner: checking (V6
TDI engines)
In addition to LongLife Service:
Toothed belt: renewing (4-cyl. 1.8 ltr. 5V petrol engines,
except turbocharged versions)

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Interval

every 24 months
After 36 months,
then every 24
months
every 48 months

Work to be completed
Toothed belt: renewing (4-cyl. 2.0 ltr. 5V petrol engines)
Toothed belt: renewing (V6 2.4 ltr. 5V petrol engines, 124
kW)
In addition to LongLife Service:
Brake fluid: changing
Exhaust emissions test

page 141
page 141

In addition to LongLife Service:


Telematics: renewing emergency backup battery

page 130

Work to be comple
ted
Electrical system
Front lighting - checking operation: side lights, dipped headlights, main
beam headlights, fog lights, turn signals, hazard warning lights
Rear lighting - checking operation: brake lights (incl. 3rd brake light),
rear lights, reversing lights, rear fog light, number plate lights, turn sig
nals, hazard warning lights, luggage compartment light/lights
Interior lights and glove box light, warning and indicator lamps, horn:
checking operation
Self-diagnosis: interrogating fault memory with -V.A.G 1551- or VAS 5051Service interval display: resetting LongLife service from chassis num
ber 4BYN 002 888 onwards
XX Low range gearing (allroad quattro): performing basic setting
Telematics: renewing emergency backup battery (every 4 years)
Vehicle, from outside
Rear lid hinges: lubricating
From chassis number 140 000 model year 01 >
Up to chassis number > 029 999 model year 02
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Sun roof:
cleaning
guide ofrails
and spraying
with
lubricating
spray
Windscreen wiper/washer system and headlight washer system:
checking jet settings and operation
Wiper blades in park position: checking
Only in the case of juddering wiper blades: checking setting angle
Wiper blades: checking for damage
Tyres
Tyre on spare wheel: checking condition and wear pattern; entering
tread depth
Tyre (front left): checking condition and wear pattern; entering tread
depth
Tyre (rear left): checking condition and wear pattern; entering tread
depth
Tyre (rear right): checking condition and wear pattern; entering tread
depth
Tyre (front right): checking condition and wear pattern; entering tread
depth
Tyre repair kit: checking expiry date
Vehicle, from below:

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Page

page 36
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page 72
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page 128
page 115
page 111
page 113
page 114

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Work to be comple
ted

XX

XX

XX
XX
XX
XX

Engine (from below), gearbox, final drive, steering and boots: visual
checks for leaks and damage
multitronic gearbox: renewing ATF
Engine oil: draining/extracting, changing oil filter
Manual gearbox: checking oil level, topping up with oil if necessary
Final drive (automatic gearbox): checking oil level, topping up with oil
if necessary
Brake system: visual check for leaks and damage
Brake pads: checking thickness
Underseal: visual check for damage
Exhaust system: visual check for leaks and damage
Track rod ball joints: checking play, security and boots
Swivel joints: checking play, checking boots for leaks and damage
Engine compartment
Engine (from above) and engine compartment: visual check for leaks
and damage
Engine oil: filling up
Crankcase pressure: checking (V6 TDI engines)
Not required on AFB engines from engine number 154 592 onwards
Not required on AKN engines from engine number 031 890 onwards
Battery: checking
Windscreen washer system: topping up fluid
Windscreen and headlight washer system: topping up with washer fluid
Radiator: cleaning
Cooling system: checking antifreeze and coolant level / antifreeze
specified value -25 ; actual value (measured value):
Hydraulic system: checking for leaks, checking hydraulic fluid level and
topping up if necessary
Air cleaner housing and snow screen: cleaning; renewing filter element
Spark plugs: renewing
Fuel filter: renewing (6-cyl. TDI engines)
Fuel filter: renewing (4-cyl. TDI engines)
Dust and pollen filter element: renewing
Plenum chamber:
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water drain
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AG.
sion if necessary (4-cyl. TDI engines) - additional work
Toothed belt for camshaft drive: checking condition and tension, ten
sion if necessary (4-cyl. unit injector engines) - additional work
Toothed belt for camshaft drive: checking for damage (6-cyl. TDI en
gines)
Toothed belt for injection pump: checking condition and tension, tension
if necessary (6-cyl. TDI engines) - additional work
Toothed belt for camshaft drive: renewing (according to mileage) - ad
ditional work
- Note: use additional parts or repair kit if necessary
V-belt and poly V-belt: renewing (according to mileage) - additional
work
Brake fluid level (depends on brake pad wear): checking
Brake fluid: changing (every two years) - additional work
- Note: Never remove strainer from brake fluid reservoir

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page 63
page 67
page 122
page 20
page 28
page 29
page 131
page 110

page 62
page 70
page 44
page 22
page 111
page 112
page 55
page 45
page 41
page 57
page 134
page 50
page 50
page 74
page 132
page 133
page 133
page 140
page 140
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Work to be comple
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Page

Final jobs
Tyre pressures on all 4 wheels and spare wheel: checking
- Storing new tyre pressure settings in Driver Information System (DIS)
- see Owner's Manual (DIS) Storing tyre pressure settings
Headlights, ellipsoid headlights: checking settings and adjusting if nec
essary
Gas discharge headlights: checking settings and adjusting if necessary
Sticker: entering next service (and date for brake fluid change) and af
fixing sticker to left side of dash panel or to door post (B-pillar)
Road test

page 27
page 123
page 123

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Oil Change Service


WARNING

Use only engine oil with the specification VW 507 00 on vehi


cles equipped or retrofitted with diesel particulate filter.
Interval
15,000 km

Oil change service on vehicles with a mileage of more than 15,000 km (9,000 miles)
per year

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Work to be completed:
Fuel filter: draining, up to chassis number 4BYN 002 887
Toothed belt for camshaft drive: checking for damage and measuring belt width
(4-cyl. diesel engines up to chassis number 4BYN 002 887)
Engine oil: draining or extracting, changing oil filter
Front brake pads: checking thickness
Engine oil: filling up
Service interval display: resetting on vehicles up to chassis number 4BYN 002
887
Service interval display: resetting Inspection Service from chassis number 4BYN
002 888
Sticker: entering next service (and date for brake fluid change) and affixing sticker
to left side of dash panel or to door post (B-pillar)

Page
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page 133
page 67
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page 70
page 80
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Inspection Service
WARNING

Use only engine oil with the specification VW 507 00 on vehi


cles equipped or retrofitted with diesel particulate filter.
Interval

Work to be completed

every 12 months/
15,000 km
(9,000 miles)
every 12 months/
15,000 km
(9,000 miles)
every 30,000 km
(19,000 miles)
every 30,000 km
(19,000 miles)

Work to be completed, except for jobs marked "X/XX" (up to


and including model year 1999 -X-)
Oil change service (from model year 2000 -Y- onwards)
Jobs required every 12 months, including those marked with
an X
In addition to Inspection Service:
Fuel filter: renewing (RS 6 engines)

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Air cleaner: cleaning housing, renewing filter element


(RS 6 engines)
every 30,000 km
(19,000 miles) or
every 3 years
every 60,000 km
(38,000 miles)
every 60,000 km
(38,000 miles)
every 90,000 km
(57,000 miles) or
every 4 years
every 90,000 km
(57,000 miles) or
every 4 years
every 90,000 km
(57,000 miles)

every 120,000 km
(76,000 miles)

every 120,000 km
(76,000 miles)
or after max. 5
years

Hoses for charge air cooler: cleaning (RS 6 engines)


Spark plugs: renewing (RS 6 engines)
Jobs required every 12 months, including those marked with
an X/XX
In addition to Inspection Service:
multitronic gearbox: renewing ATF
In addition to Inspection Service:
Toothed belt: renewing (RS 6 engines)

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of information in this document. Copyright by AUDI AG.
Poly V-belt:
6 engines)
Radiator: cleaning (RS 6 engines)
In addition to Inspection Service:
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing (4-cyl. TDI
engines)
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing (4-cyl. TDI
engines with unit injectors, up to model year 03 -3-)
In addition to Inspection Service:
V-belt and poly V-belt: renewing (4-cyl. 1.8 ltr. 5V en
gines)
Poly V-belt: renewing (V6 and V8 petrol engines)
In addition to Inspection Service:
Toothed belt: renewing (use repair kit). (4-cyl. 1.8 ltr. 5V
turbocharged engines, up to model year 99 -X-)
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing; checking
coolant pump and renewing if necessary (V6 2.4 ltr. 5V
petrol engines, up to model year 00 -Y-, except 124 kW)
Toothed belt: renewing; checking coolant pump and re
newing if necessary (use repair kit).(V6 2.7 ltr. petrol
engines, up to model year 00 -Y-)

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page 141
page 133
page 48
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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Interval

every 120,000 km
(76,000 miles)

every 180,000 km
(114,000 miles)

every 24 months
After 36 months,
then every 24
months
every 48 months

Work to be completed
Toothed belt: renewing; checking coolant pump and re
newing if necessary (use repair kit).(V6 2.8 ltr. 5V petrol
engines, up to model year 00 -Y-)
In addition to Inspection Service:
Toothed belt: renewing (4-cyl. 1.8 ltr. 5V turbocharged
petrol engines, from model year 00 -Y- onwards)
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing (V6 2.4 ltr.
5V petrol engines, from model year 01 -1- onwards, ex
cept 124 kW)
Toothed belt: renewing (use repair kit). (V6 2.7 ltr. petrol
engines, from model year 01 -1- onwards)
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing (V6 2.8 ltr.
5V petrol engines, from model year 01 -1- onwards)
Toothed belt: renewing (V6 3.0 ltr. 5V petrol engines)
Toothed belt: renewing (V8 4.2 ltr. 5V petrol engines, ex
cept RS 6)
Toothed belt and tensioning roller: renewing (4-cyl. TDI
engines with unit injectors, up to model year 04 -4-)
Toothed belt for camshaft drive and toothed belt for in
jection pump: renewing (V6 TDI engines)
Bearing bushes for poly V-belt tensioner: checking (V6
TDI engines)
In addition to Inspection Service:
Toothed belt: renewing (4-cyl. 1.8 ltr. 5V petrol engines,
except turbocharged versions)
Toothed belt: renewing (4-cyl. 5V 2.0 ltr. petrol engines)
Toothed belt: renewing (V6 2.4 ltr. 5V petrol engines, 124
kW)
In addition to Inspection Service:
Brake fluid: changing
Exhaust emissions test

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In addition to LongLife Service:


Telematics: renewing emergency backup battery

Work to be comple
ted
Electrical system
Front lighting - checking operation: side lights, dipped headlights, main
beam headlights, fog lights, turn signals, hazard warning lights
Rear lighting - checking operation: brake lights (incl. 3rd brake light), rear
lights, reversing lights, rear fog light, number plate lights, turn signals, haz
ard warning lights, luggage compartment light/lights
Interior lights and glove compartment light, warning and indicator lamps,
horn: checking operation
Self-diagnosis: interrogating fault memory with -V.A.G 1551- or -VAS 5051Service interval display: resetting on vehicles up to chassis number 4BYN
002 887
Service interval display: resetting Inspection Service from chassis number
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Telematics: renewing emergency backup battery (every 4 years)
Vehicle, from outside

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Work to be comple
ted

Page

Door arresters and lock cylinders: lubricating


page 128
Rear lid hinges: lubricating
page 41
From chassis number 140 000 model year 01 >
Up to chassis number > 029 999 model year 02
X Sun roof: cleaning guide rails and spraying with lubricating spray
page 115
Windscreen wiper/washer system and headlight washer system: checking
page 113
jet settings and operation
Wiper blades in park position: checking
page 113
Only in the case of juddering wiper blades: checking setting angle
page 114
Wiper blades: checking for damage
Tyres
Tyre on spare wheel: checking condition and wear pattern; entering tread
page 27
depth
Tyre (front left): checking condition and wear pattern; entering tread depth
page 27
Tyre (rear left): checking condition and wear pattern; entering tread depth
page 27
Tyre (rear right): checking condition and wear pattern; entering tread depth
page 27
Tyre (front right): checking condition and wear pattern; entering tread depth
page 27
Tyre repair kit: checking expiry date
page 75
Vehicle, from below:
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for leaks and damage
multitronic gearbox: renewing ATF
page 63
Engine oil: draining/extracting, changing oil filter
page 67
X Manual gearbox: checking oil level, topping up with oil if necessary
page 122
XX Final drive (automatic gearbox): checking oil level, topping up with oil if
page 20
necessary
X Hoses for charge air cooler: cleaning (RS 6)
page 131
Toothed belt and poly V-belt: checking
page 55
Brake system: visual check for leaks and damage
page 28
Brake pads: checking thickness
page 29
X Underseal: visual check for damage
page 131
Exhaust system: visual check for leaks and damage
Track rod ball joints: checking play, security and boots
page 110
Swivel joints: checking play, checking boots for leaks and damage
DRC chassis: visual check of shock absorbers, central valves, connecting
pipes and connecting hoses for damage and leaks
Engine compartment
Engine (from above) and engine compartment: visual check for leaks and
page 62
damage
Engine oil: filling up
page 70
XX Crankcase pressure: checking (V6 TDI engines)
page 44
Not required on AFB engines from engine number 154 592 onwards
Not required on AKN engines from engine number 031 890 onwards
Battery: checking
page 22
Windscreen washer system: topping up fluid
page 112
Windscreen and headlight washer system: topping up with washer fluid
page 111
Radiator: cleaning
page 55
Cooling system: checking antifreeze and coolant level / antifreeze specified
page 45
value -25 ; actual value (measured value):

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Work to be comple
ted

Page

XX Hydraulic system: checking for leaks, checking hydraulic fluid level and top
page 41
ping up if necessary
X Air cleaner housing and snow screen: cleaning; renewing filter element (RS
page 57
6)
XX Air cleaner housing and snow screen: cleaning; renewing filter element (not
page 57
for RS 6)
Spark plugs: renewing (RS 6)
page 134
XX Spark plugs: renewing (all except RS 6)
page 134
XX Fuel filter: draining (TDI engines up to chassis number 4BYN 002 887)
page 53
X Fuel filter: renewing (RS 6 and 6-cyl. TDI engines)
page 50
XX Fuel filter: renewing (4-cyl. TDI engines)
page 50
X Dust and pollen filter element: renewing
page 74
X Plenum chamber: checking and cleaning water drain
page 132
X Toothed belt for camshaft drive: checking for damage and measuring belt
page 133
width
(4-cyl. TDI engines up to chassis number 4BYN 002 887)
X Toothed belt for camshaft drive: checking condition and tension, tension if
page 133 and
necessary (4-cyl. TDI engines from chassis number 4BYN 002 888) - ad
ditional work
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necessary (4-cyl. unit injector engines) - additional work
X Toothed belt for camshaft drive: checking for damage (6-cyl. TDI engines)
page 140
X Toothed belt for injection pump: checking condition and tension, tension if
page 140
necessary (6-cyl. TDI engines) - additional work
Toothed belt for camshaft drive: renewing (according to mileage) - additional
page 141
work
- Note: use additional parts or repair kit if necessary
V-belt and poly V-belt: renewing (according to mileage) - additional work
page 48
Brake fluid level (depends on brake pad wear): checking
page 29
Brake fluid: changing (every two years) - additional work
page 30
- Note: Never remove strainer from brake fluid reservoir
Final jobs
Tyre pressures on all 4 wheels and spare wheel: checking
page 27
- Storing new tyre pressure settings in Driver Information System (DIS)
- see Owner's Manual (DIS) Storing tyre pressure settings
Headlights, ellipsoid headlights: checking settings and adjusting if neces
page 123
sary
Gas discharge headlights: checking settings and adjusting if necessary
page 123
Sticker: entering next service (and date for brake fluid change) and affixing
sticker to left side of dash panel or to door post (B-pillar)
Road test
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Description of work

6.1

Turbocharger: greasing rod linkage

Spray rod linkage for turbocharger with spray-on grease -G


055 112 A2- at point in circle in illustration.
Note

Only applies to 1.9 TDI engine.

6.2

Final drive (automatic gearbox): check


ing oil level, topping up with oil if neces
sary

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Torque wrench -V.A.G 1331-

Gearbox code letters are located on vehicle data sticker


page 143 .
Automatic gearbox 01L, 01V page 21 .
multitronic gearbox 01J page 22 .
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6.2.1

Automatic gearbox 01N

Remove oil filler plug -arrow-.


Check oil level: oil level up to bottom lip of oil filler hole.
Note
If the oil level is below the range specified, the final drive must

be checked for leaks (repair measure). It is then not sufficient


to merely top up the oil.

If you do not find any leaks on the final drive, top up with gear

oil SAE 75W90 (synthetic oil) -G 052 145- .

Tighten oil filler plug.


Tightening torque

Nm

Oil filler plug

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6.2.2

Automatic gearbox 01L, 01V

Remove oil filler plug -arrow-.


Check oil level: oil level up to bottom lip of oil filler hole.
Note
If the oil level is below the range specified, the final drive must

be checked for leaks (repair measure). It is then not sufficient


to merely top up the oil.

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Renew O-ring for oil filler plug.


Tighten oil filler plug.
Tightening torque

Nm

Oil filler plug

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6.2.3

multitronic gearbox 01J

Remove oil filler plug to check gear oil -arrow-.


Check oil level using a self-made tool, e.g. a piece of angled
wire.
Specification: oil level 8.5 mm below bottom lip of oil filler hole
Note
If the oil level is below the range specified, the final drive must

be checked for leaks (repair measure). It is then not sufficient


to merely top up the oil.

If you do not find any leaks on the final drive, top up with mul

titronic gear oil -G 052 190 A2- .

Install oil filler plug.


Tightening torque

Nm

Oil filler plug

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6.3

Battery: checking
Note

The battery is located in the plenum chamber at the front left be


tween the engine compartment and the windscreen.

6.3.1

Battery without magic eye

Check battery housing for damage.


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Note
A visual check of the battery is sufficient for batteries with

clearly visible MIN and MAX marks.

When performing a visual check, a bright hand-held torch

helps to better see the electrolyte level as well as the MIN and
MAX marks.

If the electrolyte level is below the MIN marking, the battery

must be renewed Rep. gr. 27 .

6.3.2

Batteries with magic eye


WARNING

If the magic eye is colourless or light yellow: do not test or


charge the battery. Do not attempt to jump-start the vehicle danger of explosion! The battery must be renewed Rep. gr.
27 .

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Note
The magic eye -arrow- indicates the fluid level and the charge

level of the battery to be checked.

The magic eye is found in only one battery cell; the electrolyte

level is therefore checked only for this battery cell.

During battery charging or vehicle operation, air bubbles can

form underneath the magic eye which could falsify the colour
display.

Check battery housing for damage.


Tap magic eye -arrow- lightly and carefully with the handle of
a screwdriver to release any bubbles under magic eye.
Read off battery electrolyte level according to colour display
of magic eye.
Two different colours are used as indicators:
Colour indicator
Green

Battery is sufficiently charged

Black

No charge or charge too low

Colourless or yel
low

6.4

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Electrolyte level too low; risk of explosion.


The battery must be renewed.

Battery: checking that battery terminals


are securely seated
WARNING

If the battery terminal clamp on the positive terminal is not fitted


securely, disconnect the battery earth strap from the battery
negative terminal first to avoid possible accidents.
Before disconnecting
page 131 .

the

battery,

please

refer

to

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Torque wrench -V.A.G 1331-

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Audi A6 1998
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Check that the battery terminal clamps are securely fitted. If
necessary, tighten nuts -arrow-.

Check that battery is securely fitted. If necessary tighten bolt


-arrow- on retainer plate.
Tightening torques

Nm

Battery terminal clamps


Retainer plate

5
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6.5

Battery: checking "no load" voltage be


fore engine is started for first time

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Digital multimeter -V.A.G 1715- or hand-held multimeter V.A.G 1526 B-

Ensure that the following rules are observed, otherwise correct


measurements cannot be guaranteed.
The battery must not be placed under load from connected
electrical equipment for at least 12 hours before the test.
The battery must not be charged for at least 12 hours before
test.

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
With ignition switched off, measure voltage between battery
terminals -2- and -3-.
1-

If the tester indicates 12.5 V or more, then the battery is OK.

2-

If the tester indicates 12.2 to 12.5 V the battery must be


charged Rep. gr. 27 .

3-

If the tester indicates between 11.6 and 12.2 V proceed as


follows: Charge battery Rep. gr. 27 . After charging bat
tery allow to stand with no load for 24 hours. Then carry out
load test page 25 .

4-

If tester indicates 11.6 V or less the battery must be renewed


Rep. gr. 27 .
WARNING

Always adhere to correct procedure, otherwise measurements


will be falsified.

6.6

Battery: performing load test

The battery load test provides information on the condition of the


battery.
Special tools and workshop equipment required
Battery tester -VAS 5097 A-

Note

It is not necessary to remove the battery when using battery tester


-VAS 5097A- . The battery does not have to be disconnected.

6.6.1

Carrying out load test

Switch off ignition.


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The clamps must make good contact with the battery terminals.
As the load current differs depending on the battery, the cur
rent must be set on the tester according to battery capacity
Operating instructions for battery test equipment .
Perform a battery load test as described in the operating in
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6.6.2

Evaluating battery discharge test

Evaluating the result of the battery discharge test


Indicated on bat
tery tester
Battery Very
Good
Battery Good
Battery Not Good
Battery Faulty

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Battery OK.

Battery OK.

Charge battery1)

Battery OK.

Charge battery1)
Replace battery

Charge battery1)
Replace battery2)

1) - Perform battery load test again after recharging the battery.


If tester shows Battery Good after charging battery, battery is
OK. However, if tester still shows Battery Not Good, battery must
be renewed.
2) - Agree battery replacement with customer.
Renew battery Electrical system; Rep. gr. 27; Removing
and installing battery .
Notes on battery load test:
The battery voltage will decrease during the test due to the high
load (high current flow).
If a battery is in working order battery voltage will only drop to
minimum voltage.
If the battery is defective or only insufficiently charged, battery
voltage will very quickly drop below minimum voltage.
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6.7

Lights, electrical equipment, switches,


displays and other driver-operated con
trols: checking operation

The following components must be checked:


Lighting, headlights, front fog lights, turn signals, hazard warn
ing lights, rear lights, rear fog lights, reversing lights, brake
lights, parking light function
Interior lights and reading lights (automatic switch-off function
for front interior light), glove compartment light, ashtray light,
ignition key light
Warning buzzer indicating that lights and/or radio have been
left on
All switches on console
Driver Information System (DIS)
Instrument cluster including all displays, counters, lights and
illumination
Dual-tone horn
Windscreen wiper/washer system, headlight washer system
Front and rear cigarette lighter
Electric exterior mirrors (heated, adjustable, retractable)
Electric window regulators
Central locking, remote control (radio-operated), convenience
close function

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Electric seat adjustment, belt height adjuster
Seat heating
Radio

6.8

Tyres: checking condition, wear pattern,


tread depth and correcting inflation
pressures

Checking tyres
Note
In the interest of driving safety, only tyres of the same type and

tread pattern should be fitted on a vehicle.

On four-wheel drive vehicles tyres of the same type and tread

pattern must be used. Otherwise the centre differential may


be damaged.

6.8.1

Delivery Inspection

Check tyre tread surfaces and sidewalls for damage and re


move any foreign bodies.

6.8.2

Inspection Service

Check tyre tread surfaces and sidewalls for damage and re


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Check tyres for scuffing, one-sided wear, porous
sidewalls,
cuts and fractures.

Note

Any defects must be reported to the customer.

6.8.3

Checking tyre wear pattern

The wear pattern of the front tyres indicates, for example, whether
the toe and camber have to be checked.
Feathering on tread indicates incorrect toe setting.
One-sided tread wear is usually due to incorrect camber.
If the above types of wear are found, check wheel alignment to
determine the cause (repair measure).

6.8.4

Checking tyre tread depth

Minimum depth: 1.6 mm


Note
This figure may vary for individual countries due to different

legislation.

The minimum tread depth is reached when the tyres have

worn down level with the 1.6 mm high tread wear indicators
positioned at intervals around the tyre.

If the tread depth is approaching the minimum permissible

tread depth, the customer must be informed.

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6.8.5

Inflating to correct pressures

The correct inflation pressures for summer tyres are listed on the
sticker on the inside of the tank flap.
Note
Please note that the inflation pressures listed on the sticker

apply to cold tyres. When the tyres are warm, the actual pres
sures will be higher, but must not be reduced.

When using winter tyres, pressures should be increased by

0.2 bar.

Check the tyre valve extensions for damage and dirt, which

could cause leaks. Renew if necessary.

6.8.6

Spare wheel

Spare wheel with standard-size tyre

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Inflate to maximum tyre pressure specified for the vehicle.


Temporary (compact) spare wheel
The correct inflation pressure is indicated on the sidewall.
Note

Check the tyre valve extensions for damage and dirt, which could
cause leaks. Renew if necessary.

6.9

Brake system: visual check for leaks


and damage

Check the following components for leaks and damage:


Brake master cylinder
Brake servo
ABS hydraulic unit
Brake pressure regulator
Brake calipers
Ensure that brake hoses are not twisted.
Make sure that brake hoses do not touch any components
when steering is on full lock.
Check brake hoses for porosity, cracking and blistering.
Check brake hoses and pipes for chafing.
Check brake connections and mountings for correct seating,
leaks and corrosion.
WARNING

Any faults found must be rectified (repair measure).

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6.10

Brake pads: checking thickness


Note

When brake pad thickness is down to 7 mm (including backplate)


the brake pads have reached their wear limit and must be re
newed (repair measure). The customer must be informed.
Front disc brake pads
-a- Pad thickness including backplate
Wear limit: 7 mm

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Rear disc brake pads


-a- Pad thickness including backplate
Wear limit: 7 mm
Determine thickness of outer pads by checking visually (using
electric torch through cut-out in rim).
Determine thickness of inner pads by checking visually (with
help of electric torch and mirror).

6.11

Brake fluid level (depends on brake pad


wear): checking
Note

Only use new genuine VW/Audi brake fluid, refer to Electronic


parts catalogue (ETKA) .
WARNING

Brake fluid is poisonous. It also has caustic properties and


must therefore not be allowed to come into contact with
paintwork.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, i.e. it absorbs moisture from the
surrounding air. It must therefore always be stored in airtight containers.
Note the following:

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6.11.1

Delivery Inspection

For Delivery inspection fluid must be at max.mark.


Note

The fluid level must not exceed the MAX mark, otherwise the fluid
will overflow.

6.11.2

Inspection Service

The fluid level must always be assessed relative to the brake


pad wear. When vehicle is in use, fluid level tends to drop
slightly due to wear and automatic adjustment of brake pads.
If the brake fluid level is at or slightly above the MIN mark and
the brake pads have almost reached the wear limit, topping up
is not required.
If the brake pads are new or a long way from reaching the wear
limit, the fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX
marks.
If level is below MIN mark, brake system must be checked
before brake fluid is added (repair measure).

6.12

Brake fluid: changing (every 2 years)


WARNING

Brake fluid must on no account come into contact with liq


uids containing mineral oils (oil, petrol, cleaning agents).
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The brake fluid reservoir must always be adequately filled
to ensure that no air can enter the brake system from the
reservoir.
Brake fluid is poisonous and must under no circumstances
be sucked through a tube using the mouth. Because of its
caustic properties it must also not come into contact with
paintwork.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, i.e. it absorbs moisture from the
surrounding air. It must therefore always be stored in airtight containers.
Use plenty of water to rinse away any brake fluid spillage.
Do not reuse the old brake fluid that has been extracted.
Always observe the relevant environmental regulations for
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Note

Only use new genuine VW/Audi brake fluid, refer to Electronic


parts catalogue (ETKA) .
Changing the brake fluid with brake filling and bleeding equipment
-VAS 5234- page 33
Changing the brake fluid with brake filling and bleeding equipment
-V.A.G 1869- page 31

6.12.1

Changing the brake fluid with brake fill


ing and bleeding equipment -VW 1238/
B- or -V.A.G 1869-

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Brake filling and bleeding equipment -VW 1238- , V.A.G 1238/1- or -V.A.G 1238/B Upgrade kit and extraction unit -V.A.G 1869/4-

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Unscrew cap -1- from brake fluid reservoir.
Unscrew plug -arrow- from brake fluid reservoir.
Connect the extraction hose of -V.A.G 1869/4- to pipe in brake
fluid reservoir.
Use extraction hose included in -V.A.G 1869/4- to extract as
much brake fluid as possible.
Note
The strainer in the brake fluid reservoir must not be removed.
Make sure that no more fluid flows back into the reservoir from

the strainer after extracting the fluid. The brake fluid level in
the reservoir must be no higher than the bottom edge of the
strainer.

The brake fluid reservoir must always be adequately filled to

ensure that no air can enter the brake system from the reser
voir.

Remove the extraction hose.


Screw the plug onto the brake fluid reservoir.
WARNING

Do not reuse the old brake fluid that has been extracted.
Connect -VW 1238/B- or -V.A.G 1869- , but do not switch on
yet.
Vehicles with manual gearbox:
Remove cap from bleeder screw on clutch slave cylinder.
Open bleeder screw on clutch slave cylinder.
Fit bleeder hose leading to brake
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Close bleeder screw and switch off bleeder appliance.


Attach cap.
Continuation for all vehicles:
Remove caps from bleeder screws.
Sequence for changing brake fluid in brake calipers:
1-

Front left-hand brake caliper

2-

Front right-hand brake caliper

3-

Rear left-hand brake caliper

4-

Rear right-hand brake caliper

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Note
In the case of certain wheel combinations, the wheels must be

removed.

Start at the front right wheel on right-hand drive vehicles.


If there are two bleeder screws on each brake caliper (as on

some versions), connect the inner bleeder screw first , then


the outer bleeder screw.

Fit bleeder hose leading to brake fluid collector onto bleeder


screw for relevant brake caliper.
Switch on bleeding equipment, open bleeder screw and allow
about 200 cm3 of brake fluid to drain out.
Used brake fluid is pushed out of the system when new fluid is
pumped in.
Close bleeder screw.
Perform the same procedure at the remaining bleeder screws.
Switch off bleeding equipment.
Fit caps
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Disconnect
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Check pedal pressure and free play of brake pedal. Free play:
no more than 1/3 of pedal travel
During the final test drive, make sure that at least one ABScontrolled brake application is carried out (with noticeable
pulsing of brake pedal).
Table - sequence for changing brake fluid / quantities
Front left
Front right
Rear left
Rear right
Total quantity11)

200 ml
200 ml
200 ml
200 ml
1000 ml

11) Including brake fluid extracted from brake fluid reservoir and fluid changed in
hydraulic clutch system

6.12.2

Changing the brake fluid with brake fill


ing and bleeding equipment -VAS 5234-

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Brake filling and bleeding equipment -VAS 5234-

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Observe operating instructions for -VAS 5234- !
Unscrew cap -1- from brake fluid reservoir.
Unscrew plug -arrow- from brake fluid reservoir.

Connect the extraction hose of -VAS 5234- to pipe -1- in brake


fluid reservoir.
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brake fluid as possible.
Note
The strainer in the brake fluid reservoir must not be removed.
Make sure that no more fluid flows back into the reservoir from

the strainer after extracting the fluid. The brake fluid level in
the reservoir must be no higher than the bottom edge of the
strainer.

The brake fluid reservoir must always be adequately filled to

ensure that no air can enter the brake system from the reser
voir.

Remove the extraction hose.


Screw the plug onto the brake fluid reservoir.
WARNING

Do not reuse the old brake fluid that has been extracted.
Connect adapter -1- to brake fluid reservoir.
Connect filling hose -2- included with -VAS 5234- to adapter.
Vehicles with manual gearbox:
Remove cap from bleeder screw on clutch slave cylinder.
Fit bleeder hose -1- leading to brake fluid collector onto bleed
er screw on clutch slave cylinder.
Switch on bleed equipment, open bleeder screw and allow
about 100 cm3 of brake fluid to drain out.

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Close bleeder screw and fit cap back on.
Switch off bleed equipment.
Repeatedly depress the clutch pedal.
Continuation for all vehicles:
Remove caps from bleeder screws.
Fit bleeder hose -1- attached to collector bottle onto front left
bleeder screw and switch on bleeding equipment.

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Open bleeder screw and allow correct amount of brake fluid


to flow out. Close bleeder screw.
Note
In the case of certain wheel combinations, the wheels must be

removed.

Start at the front right wheel on right-hand drive vehicles.


If there are two bleeder screws on each brake caliper (as on

some versions), connect the inner bleeder screw first , then


the outer bleeder screw.

Repeat the procedure on the other front side of the vehicle.


Fit bleeder hose -1- attached to collector bottle onto rear left
bleeder screw.
Open bleeder screw and allow correct amount of brake fluid
(approx. 200 ml) to flow out.
Close bleeder screw.
Repeat the procedure on the other rear side of the vehicle.
Fit caps back on bleeder screws on brake calipers.
Move filling lever on -VAS 5234- to position -B- (see operating
instructions).
Detach filling hose from adapter.
Unscrew adapter from brake fluid reservoir.

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Check brake fluid level and correct as necessary.
Screw cap onto brake fluid reservoir.
Check pedal pressure and free play of brake pedal. Free play:
no more than 1/3 of pedal travel
During the final test drive, make sure that at least one ABScontrolled brake application is carried out (with noticeable
pulsing of brake pedal).
Table: sequence for changing brake fluid and quantities
Front left
Front right
Rear left
Rear right
Total quantity12)

200 ml
200 ml
200 ml
200 ml
1,000 ml

12) Including brake fluid extracted from brake fluid reservoir and fluid changed in
hydraulic clutch system

6.13

Electric windows: checking positions

The electric window lifters forget their current positions and the
automatic open/close function when the battery is disconnected.
Switch on ignition.
Close the windows all the way to their top positions using the
window switches.
Then operate all window switches again for at least one sec
ond in the close direction to activate the automatic one-touch
function.
Press switch to open window. The side window should move
all the way down automatically.

6.14

Self-diagnosis: interrogating fault mem


ory with fault reader -V.A.G 1551- or
vehicle diagnostic, testing and informa
tion system -VAS 5051-

6.14.1

Connecting vehicle diagnostic, testing


and information system -VAS 5051-

Special tools and workshop equipment required


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Apply handbrake.
Automatic gearbox: move selector lever to position P.
Manual gearbox: gear lever in neutral.
With ignition switched off, connect -VAS 5051- as follows:

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With ignition switched off, connect -VAS 5051- using adapter
lead -VAS 5051/3- and adapter -VAS 6017- .
Switch on printer with Print button (indicator lamp in button
lights up).

6.14.2

Connecting fault reader -V.A.G 1551-

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Fault reader -V.A.G 1551 Adapter lead -V.A.G 1551/3 Adapter -VAS 6017/B Apply handbrake.
Automatic gearbox: move selector lever to position P.
Manual gearbox: gear lever in neutral.
With ignition
switched
off, connect
reader
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With ignition switched off, connect -V.A.G 1551- using adapter


lead -V.A.G 1551/3- and adapter -VAS 6017- .

6.14.3

Interrogating fault memory:

Start engine and run at idling speed.


Briefly press brake pedal once.
Press 1 for Rapid data transfer mode.

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Press key 0 twice to enter address word automatic test se
quence and confirm entry with key Q . The -V.A.G 1551sends all known address words one after the other.
When a control unit responds stating its identification the display
will show the number of stored faults or No fault recognised.
Any system faults that are stored will be displayed one after the
other and printed out. The -V.A.G 1551- will then transmit the next
address word.
The automatic test sequence has ended when the following is
indicated on the display13):

13) Appears alternately

Switch off ignition.


If faults have been stored these must be rectified. The fault log is
required for the repair work.
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6.15

Vehicle keys: checking operation

Open key ring to check each key individually.


Lock and unlock the driver's door manually with each key.
Insert each key in the ignition lock and switch on the ignition.
The key symbol for the immobiliser displayed in the instrument
cluster must disappear after two seconds. If the key symbol
flashes, the key has not been matched to the immobiliser;
Vehicle diagnostic tester.
Note

Make a note in the delivery record of the number of keys which


have been checked and handed over to the customer.

6.16

Noise insulation: removing

Removing noise insulation on 8-cylinder petrol engines


page 39
Removing noise insulation on RS 6 page 39
Unscrew quick-release screws -A-.
Pull out clamping pins -B- by turning gently.

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V.A.G - SELF-DIAGNOSIS
1 - Rapid data transfer

HELP

V.A.G - SELF-DIAGNOSIS
2 - Flash code output

HELP

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Note

On vehicles with noise insulation -D-, additionally release 2 quick


release screws -C-.
Pull noise insulation rearwards off bumper cover and take out.
Removing noise insulation on 8-cylinder petrol engines

Release quick release screws and detach front bumper cover.


Removing noise insulation on RS 6

Loosen fasteners -1 ... 4- and remove noise insulation.

6.17

Rear window wiper/washer system


(Avant): checking jet settings and oper
ation

Special tools and workshop equipment required


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Window washer jet adjusting tool -T10127-

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Fitted with needle -3125 / 5A-

Mark one point on the rear window using a water-soluble


marker pen.
Setting dimensions:
The setting dimension for the rear window is calculated at a right
angle to the drive shaft axis of the rear window wiper -1-.
-d- = 280 mm ( 50)
Remove protective cap -2- on drive shaft.
Use the adjusting tool to aim the jet at the point marked.

6.18

Rear window wiper: eliminating judder


ing

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Wiper arm setting tool -3358 B-

Checking setting angle


Move wiper arms into park position.

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Remove wiper blade.
Insert wiper arm -2- into wiper arm setting device -3358- and
secure with locking screw -3-.
Compare angle indicated to value specified in table.
Setting angle on Audi A6
2
Tolerance

Adjusting setting angle page 114

6.19

Rear lid hinges: lubricating

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Lubricant -G 000 115 A2 Open rear lid.
If fitted, remove covers for rear lid hinges (left and right).
Lubricate the four hinge joints on both rear lid hinges at the
contact points on the left and right of the hinge guides
-arrows-.
Note
To ensure accurate spraying, the enclosed spray tube must

be inserted in the spray nozzle.

Shake the spray can about five times.


The spray can must not be shaken too often or too vigorously;

otherwise, the spray oil will foam and lose some of its pene
trating and lubricating effect.

Clean joints and body to remove excess lubricant and fit ve


hicle components.

6.20

Hydraulic system: checking for leaks,


checking hydraulic fluid level and top
ping up if necessary

Power assisted steering: checking hydraulic fluid level


Do not start engine but bring front wheels to straight-ahead
position.
Fluid in cold condition (approx. +20 outside temperature):
Unscrew filler cap.
Clean dipstick with a clean cloth.

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Screw cap on hand tight and unscrew again.


The fluid level reading will only be accurate if the cap was screwed
on properly before checking the dipstick.

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Check fluid level: The fluid level must be within the area of the
MAX marking.
Fluid at operating temperature (engine oil temperature above ap
prox. +80 ):
Check fluid level: The fluid level must be 10 mm above the
MAX mark.
Note
If the fluid level is above the area specified, the excess fluid

must be extracted.

If the fluid level is below the range specified, the hydraulic

system must be checked for leaks. It is then not sufficient to


merely top up the fluid.

Do not re-use hydraulic fluid which has been extracted.


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Interior monitoring: checking operation
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Perform the following procedure to check the operation of the ul


trasonic interior monitor:
Open side window approx. 10 cm.
Lock the vehicle to activate the anti-theft alarm and interior
monitor.
Wait for 30 seconds until the warning lamp flashes slowly (f =
0.5 Hz).
Touch sensor cover through open window.
If the interior monitor is O.K, the alarm system is triggered.
Deactivate alarm by unlocking vehicle.
Perform the test on each sensor cover.
Erase fault memory: Electrical system, self-diagnosis; Rep.
gr. 1 ; Self-diagnosis of ultrasonic interior monitor; Erasing
fault memory .

6.22

Air conditioner: checking operation and


setting temperature to 22

Check all air conditioner functions Owner's Manual


Check whether the two display areas -1- have been set to 22
C.
If necessary, carry out temperature adjustments as follows:
Press button -3- for automatic mode. The indicator lamp -2lights up.
Press the buttons -4- to set the temperature to 22 C.

6.23

Instrument cluster: setting the language

When a car is delivered to a customer, the multifunction monitor


display can be set to any of the following languages as required:

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German
English
French
Italian
Spanish
Portuguese
Chinese
Cars are delivered by the factory with the multifunction monitor
set to German.
The following work steps are required to select a different lan
guage:
Connect fault reader -V.A.G 1551- page 36 .
Switch on ignition.
Press 1 for Rapid data transfer mode.
Press key 1 and 7 for address word dash panel insert and
confirm entry with key Q .
Press key to continue.
Press key 1 and 0 for function Adaption and confirm entry
with key Q .
Press key 0 and 4 to select Adaption channel 04 and con
firm entry with key Q .
Indicated on display:

Channel 4

Adaption

2
->
<-1 3->

Press key to continue.


Indicated on display:

Channel 4
Adaption
Enter adaption value XXXXX

Select desired language according to the following table.


Language version
German
English
French
Italian
Spanish
Portuguese
not assigned
Chinese

Code
00001
00002
00003
00004
00005
00006
00007
00008
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Note
The first four digits must be 0.
If an incorrect value is entered the function Adaption will be

terminated automatically and must be restarted!

Example:
Press key 0 four times and key 1 once.

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Indicated on display:

Channel 4
Adaption
Enter adaption value 00001

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on display:

Channel 4

Adaption

->
<-1 3->

Press key.
Indicated on display:

Channel 4
Adaption
Store changed value?

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on display:

Channel 4
Adaption
Changed value is stored

->

Press key to continue.


Indicated on display:

6.24

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

Crankcase pressure: checking (V6 TDI


engines AFB, AKN)

The crankcase pressure should be checked every 60,000 km


(38,000 miles) or if oil leaks are visible.
Note

The checking of the crankcase pressure is no longer performed


on AFB engines from engine number 154 592 and on AKN en
gines from engine number 031 890.
The engine number is stamped onto the right inner side of the
cylinder block between cylinder head and injection pump.

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Pressure gauge -VAG 1371-

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The engine must be at operating temperature (above 80 )

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Pull out dipstick, connect pressure gauge -VAG 1371- to dip
stick guide and let engine run at idling speed (for at least 3
minutes).
Repair measures are required if the crankcase pressure exceeds
5 mbar
Renew oil separator Engine, mechanics (engine code let
ters AFB); Rep. gr. 17 ; 6-cyl. diesel direct injection engine
(TDI) .

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Renewing oil separator


Loosen both bolts of item 17 and renew oil separator (hose con
nection) using replacement parts from set of seals -059 103 464- .

6.25

Cooling system: checking antifreeze


and topping up with coolant if necessary

Special tools and workshop equipment required

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Refractometer -T10007-

Note

The cooling system of all engines is filled with the new antifreeze
and corrosion protection additive -G 012 A8- according to TL
VW 774 D. Ensure that only -G 12- (coloured red) is used when
topping up.
WARNING

DO NOT use -G 011 A8 C- . Do not mix the two types of anti


freeze -G 011 A8 C- and -G 012 A8 D- . Mixing the two could
result in serious damage to the engine.

6.25.1

Checking coolant level and topping up


with coolant if necessary
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The coolant expansion tank is under pressure. Only open if


engine is cold.
Delivery inspection: coolant level at MAX mark.
Inspection Service: coolant level between MIN and MAX
marks.

If coolant level is too low, add required amount (using correct


mixture ratio).
Mixture ratio:
Frost protection to

Coolant additive
G 012 A8 D

Water

-28
-35 C
-40 C

approx. 40 %
approx. 50 %
approx. 60 %

approx. 60 %
approx. 50 %
approx. 40 %

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Note
If the fluid in the expansion tank is of brownish colour, this

means -G 012 A8 D- has been mixed with another type of


coolant. If this should be the case, flush out the cooling system
and change coolant (repair measure). To flush the system, fill
it with clean water and run the engine for about 2 minutes. This
should remove most of the old coolant.

-G 012 A8 D- or a coolant additive with the label conforming

to specification TL VW 774 D prevents frost and corrosion


damage, stops scaling and, at the same time, raises the boiling
point of the coolant. It is therefore essential to use the correct
antifreeze and corrosion protection additive in the cooling sys
tem all year round.

Because of its high boiling point, the coolant improves engine

reliability under heavy loads, particularly in countries with trop


ical climates.

Frost protection should be ensured down to temperatures of

about -28 .

The coolant concentration must not be reduced by adding wa

ter even in warmer seasons and in warmer countries. The


coolant additive ratio must be at least 40 %.

If greater antifreeze protection is required in very cold cli

mates, the proportion of -G 012 A8 D- can be increased, but


only up to 60 % (this gives frost protection to about -40 C).
Beyond this concentration the antifreeze protection and also
the cooling efficiency are reduced again.

Checking antifreeze and topping up with coolant additive if nec


essary

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page 47 and add coolant additive -G 012 A8 D - conform
ing to specification TL VW 774 D.

Note

Observe disposal regulations.

6.25.2

Antifreeze protection table

Antifreeze protection to C
Actual
0
-5
-10
-15
- 20
- 25
- 30

Specified
- 25
- 35
- 25
- 35
- 25
- 35
- 25
- 35
- 25
- 35
- 35
- 35

Required quantity in litres


4-cyl. engine
3.5
4.0
3.0
3.5
2.0
3.0
1.5
2.0
1.0
1.5
1.0
0.5

6-cyl. engine
5.0
6.0
4.5
5.5
3.5
4.5
2.5
3.5
1.5
2.5
1.5
1.0
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Antifreeze protection to C
- 35

- 40

Required quantity in litres


0.5

0.5

Check coolant additive concentration after road test.

6.26

V-belt and poly V-belt: renewing

Vehicles with 6-cylinder petrol engine:


Remove noise insulation page 38 .
Removing and installing poly V-belt: 6-cylinder engine (5valve), mechanics; Rep. gr. 13 ; Dismantling and assembling
crankcase, crankshaft and flywheel; Removing and installing
poly V-belt .
Vehicles with 8-cylinder petrol engine:
Remove noise insulation page 38 .
Removing and installing poly V-belt: 8-cylinder engine (5valve); Rep. gr. 13 ; Crankshaft group .
Vehicles with 4-cylinder petrol engine:
Remove noise insulation page 38 .
Loosen bolts securing tensioning roller for air conditioner com
pressor poly V-belt -arrows-; slacken poly V-belt and detach.

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Move tensioner for poly V-belt in direction of arrow to slacken


poly V-belt.
Detach poly V-belt, relieve tensioner.

Secure viscous fan pulley with bolt 5 x 60 mm and remove with


hexagon key.
Place viscous fan into radiator cowl at front.

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Remove V-belt pulley for coolant pump. Counterhold by in
serting a drift in the power steering pump pulley.
Remove V-belt.
Fit V-belt on pulleys and assemble both sections of pulley on
coolant pump without tightening the bolts.
Tighten the bolts securing the two sections of the pulley in
stages while turning the coolant pump.
As the bolts are tightened, the V-belt should gradually move out
wards until seated on the running surface.
Tighten bolts.
Note

It is not necessary to adjust the tension of the V-belt for the coolant
pump.
Fit poly V-belt over vibration damper pulley, viscous fan pulley
and alternator pulley. If necessary, pull the belt upwards using
a suitable tool.
Move poly V-belt tensioner in direction of arrow.
Fit poly V-belt over alternator pulley last. Release tensioner.
Check that poly V-belt is in correct position.
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Vehicles with air conditioner:


Fit poly V-belt for air conditioner compressor.
Routing of poly V-belt page 50

Apply torque wrench to hexagon on tensioner and tension with


a torque of 25 Nm.
At the same time, tighten bolts -A-.
All vehicles:
Start engine and check that belt runs properly.
Tightening torque

Nm

V-belt pulley for coolant pump


Tensioner for A/C compressor

25
20

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6.26.1

Routing of V-belt and poly V-belt - 4-cylinder petrol engine

1 - Tensioner for poly V-belt


2 - Alternator
3 - Viscous coupling
4 - Coolant pump
5 - Power steering pump
6 - V-belt
7 - Poly V-belt
8 - Vibration damper
9 - Tensioner for poly V-belt
10 - Poly V-belt
11 - Air conditioner compres
sor

6.27

Fuel filter: renewing (TDI engines)


Note

Please ensure that no diesel fuel makes contact with the cool

ant hoses. If necessary, clean hoses immediately.

Observe disposal regulations.

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6-cyl. TDI engines page 52
4-cyl. TDI engines (unit injector) page 51

6.27.1

Vehicles with 4-cyl. TDI engines

Remove pressure pipe from charge air cooler, to do this loosen


clamps -A- and remove bolt -B-.

Loosen clip -4- on bracket and take filter out of bracket.


Unscrew filter from upper section of fuel filter.
Moisten new seal and new rubber seal lightly with diesel.
Fill new filter with clean diesel. This will enable the engine to
start more quickly.
Tighten filter hand-tight onto top section of filter.
Insert fuel filter into bracket and secure with clamping bolt
-4-.

6.27.2

Vehicles with 4-cyl. TDI engines (unit in


jector)

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Remove engine cover panel page 60 .

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Removing:
Unscrew hexagon socket head bolt and place top section to
one side with fuel hoses connected.
Loosen screw -1- on filter mounting and pull filter out upwards.
Installing:
Fill new filter with clean diesel. This will enable the engine to
start more quickly.

Slide filter downwards through filter mounting and tighten


screw -1-.
Fit top section and secure with hexagon socket head bolt.
Tightening torques

Nm

Hexagon socket head bolt

14

6.27.3

Vehicles with 6-cyl. TDI engines

Pull off retaining clip -5-.


Remove regulating valve -6- with fuel lines attached.
Disconnect fuel hoses from hose connections -3- and -4-.
Loosen clip -1- on bracket and take filter out of bracket.
Fill new filter with clean diesel. This will enable the engine to
start more quickly.
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ringwith
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filter housing.
Install regulating valve with fuel lines attached.
Fit retaining clip -5-.
Push fuel hoses onto hose connections -3- and -4- and secure
hoses with hose clips.
Note

Flow direction is marked by arrows (do not interchange connec


tions).
Start engine and check fuel system for leaks (visual check).

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012

6.28

Fuel filter: renewing (biturbo RS 6)

Vehicles with 8-cylinder petrol engines (RS 6):


Unscrew bolt -3- and press fuel pump slightly downwards; the
fuel hoses -2- and -4- and the connector -1- remain connected.
Position a container below to catch escaping fuel.
WARNING

The fuel system is under pressure. Put cloth around connection


before opening the system. Then release pressure by loosen
ing the connection carefully.

Remove fuel hoses -1- and -2- from fuel filter.


Loosen hose clip -arrow-.
Remove fuel filter.
Note
Observe disposal regulations.
Secure all hose connections with genuine hose clips:
Note installation position of fuel filter.
Flow direction is marked by arrow on filter housing.
Tightening torques
Component

Nm

Hose clip for fuel filter


Retaining clip for fuel pump

0.8
1.2

6.29

Fuel filter: draining (TDI engines up to


chassis number 4BYN 002 887)
Note

Please ensure that no diesel fuel makes contact with the cool

ant hoses. If necessary, clean hoses immediately.

Observe disposal regulations.

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Vehicles with 6-cylinder engine page 54

6.29.1

Vehicles with 4-cylinder engine

Loosen vent screw -3-.


Attach hose to drain screw -5-.
Open drain screw and allow approx. 0.1 ltr. of fluid to drain.
Close drain screw and vent screw.
Start engine and check fuel system for leaks (visual check).

6.29.2

Vehicles with 6-cylinder engine

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Hand operated vacuum pump -V.A.G 1390

Water drainage container -V.A.G 1390/1-

Unscrew bleeder screw -2- on fuel filter, leaving bleeder hole


open.
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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Connect hand-operated vacuum pump -V.A.G 1390- with wa
ter drainage container -V.A.G 1390/1- to bleeder hole of fuel
filter -arrow-.
Operate hand-operated vacuum pump until approx. 100 cm3
of fluid has been extracted from fuel filter.
WARNING

Do not allow any fluid to enter the hand-operated vacuum


pump.
Start engine and check fuel system for leaks (visual check).

6.30

Radiator: cleaning

Remove front bumper: General body repairs, exterior; Rep.


gr. 63 ; Front bumper .
Check surfaces of condenser -2-, radiator -3-, charge air cool
ers -1- and -4- as well as engine oil/ATF cooler -5- for dirt.
WARNING

The radiator fins will be deformed or bent if a jet of water ap


plied with too much pressure. Radiators which are damaged
during the cleaning process must be renewed.
Spray and flush the outside of the radiators with a wide jet of
water (low pressure).
If necessary, soak dead insects sticking to radiator or spray
affected area with protein-solvent spray.
Use a compressed air gun with pressure regulator to dry ra
diator, to prevent damage to the radiator fins.
Install front bumper: General body repairs, exterior; Rep.
gr. 63 ; Front bumper .

6.31

Poly V-belt
and
belt:
permitted
unlesstoothed
authorised by AUDI
AG. checking
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(RS 6 engines)
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Pull lock carrier to front page 118


Remove toothed belt guard (on right Item 7 (page 56) and
left Item 9 (page 56) ).

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
1 - Plug
2 - 43 Nm
3 - Bracket
For torque reaction sup
port
4 - 10 Nm
5 - Bracket
For air intake pipe
6 - 43 Nm
7 - Toothed belt guard (rightside)
8 - Toothed belt guard (centre)
9 - Toothed belt guard (leftside)

Turn the engine in operating direction via central bolt.


WARNING

Be sure to turn engine in operating direction (clockwise) and


via crankshaft.
Check condition of toothed belt for:

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Cracks, cross-sectional fractures


Layer separation (toothed belt body, cord strands)
Break-up on toothed belt body
Fraying of cord strands
Surface cracks (synthetic coating)
Traces of oil and grease
Check condition of poly V-belt for:
Base cracks (cracks, core fractures, cross-sectional fractures)
Layer separation (top layer, cord strands)

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Audi A6 1998
Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Base break-up
Fraying of cord strands
Flank wear (material wear, frayed flanks, flank brittleness glassy flanks-, surface cracks)
Traces of oil and grease
Fit toothed belt guards (left and right).
Install lock carrier.

6.32

Bearing bushes for poly V-belt tension


er: checking
Note

Only perform check when renewing toothed belt.


Removing and installing lever of tensioner Engine, crank
shaft group, servicing belt drive; Rep. gr. 13 ; Removing and
installing bearing bushes at bracket for power steering pump
and oil cooler
Check whether mounting pin -arrow- in bracket for power
steering pump and oil cooler can be turned or moved.
Check mounting pin for rust.
Check lever of tensioner for rust.
WARNING

If the mounting pin cannot be moved or if there are visible


traces of rust, the mounting pin and the bearing bushes must
be renewed (repair measure).

6.33

Air cleaner housing and snow strainer:


cleaning; renewing filter element

V8 petrol engines (biturbo RS 6) page 59


Pull cover -A- off upwards (if fitted).
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Take intake hose -A- off upwards. Pull lug -1- (if fitted) out of
retainer for activated charcoal filter valve.
Unscrew both bolts -2- and remove air intake hose -B-.
Note

On several engine types the intake hose -A- is fitted with a snow
strainer. Be sure to remove and clean strainer.
Vehicles with 4-cylinder petrol engine (turbo):
Pull off hose connections -arrows-.

Release spring retainers -1-.


Move top section of filter housing to side, remove air intake
hose -2- if necessary.
Vehicles with V6 petrol engines (biturbo)

Unplug the five connectors -4- and remove cable tie -5-.
Pull wiring harness out of clip -2- and place next to intake
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Release both fuel filter retaining clips -3-.

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Release hose clip -arrow- and spring retainers -1-, remove


upper section of air cleaner.
Vehicles with 6-cylinder petrol engine (3.0 ltr.)

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Audi A6 1998
Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Loosen both bolts -2- and pull off hose -1-.
Remove air intake hose -4- and unplug connector -3-.
Pull both fuel lines out of retainer on air cleaner (upper section)
and lift off the upper section of the air cleaner.
Continued for all engines:
Loosen spring retainers and move upper section of filter hous
ing to side.
Remove old filter element.
Clean filter housing and snow strainer (if fitted), install new
filter elements.
Important: observe notes at the end of the section14)

6.33.1

Vehicles with 8-cylinder petrol engines


(biturbo RS 6):

Loosen quick release fasteners -1- and -2- and pull engine
cover off upwards -arrows-.

Unscrew 16 bolts -arrows- and remove air cleaner housing


cover.

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Unscrew 8 bolts -2-.
Remove retaining frames -3- and -5-.
Remove old filter elements -1- and -4-.
Clean filter housing and snow strainer (if fitted), install new
filter elements.
Tightening torques

Nm

Retaining frame to air cleaner housing


Cover to air cleaner housing

1.5
1.5

14) Important: observe notes at the end of the section.

Note
If the air filter element is very dirty or soaked with water, dirt

particles or moisture can reach the air mass meter -G70- and
falsify the detected air mass values. This will cause a loss of
power, as the calculated injection quantities will be too low.

Always use genuine air filter elements (same as original equip

ment).

Use a lubricant (silicone-free) when installing intake hose.


Secure all hose connections with genuine hose clips: Parts

catalogue

Check whether the water drain hose in the bottom section of

the air cleaner is dirty or blocked (clean if necessary).

Clean the air cleaner housing (top and bottom sections) to re

move any salt residue, dirt and leaves (if necessary vacuumclean).

Check air mass meter and intake hose (engine intake side) for

salt residue, dirt and leaves.

Check intake ducts as far as air filter element for dirt.


When installing the air filter element make sure it is positioned

centrally on the mounting in the bottom section of the air


cleaner.

Carefully fit air cleaner (top section) on air cleaner (bottom

section) without applying any force. When fitting air cleaner


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element (to prevent air leaks).

Then secure top section of air cleaner to bottom section.

6.34

Engine cover panel: removing

6.34.1

4-cylinder petrol engine, 4-cylinder tur


bocharged engine

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012

6.34.2

6-cylinder petrol engine

6.34.3

6-cylinder petrol engine (biturbo)

Remove covers A, B and C.

6.34.4

8-cylinder petrol engine

6.34.5

4-cylinder TDI engine

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6.34.6

4-cylinder TDI engine (unit injector)

Pull oil dipstick -1- out of guide tube.


Unclip caps.
Remove nuts -arrows- and remove engine cover panel.
Remove noise insulation which is now visible.
Re-insert oil dipstick into guide tube.

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6.34.7

6-cylinder TDI engine

6.35

Engine (from above and below) and en


gine compartment: visual check for
leaks and damage

Carry out visual check as follows:


Remove engine cover panel page 60 .
Check engine and engine compartment for leaks and damage.
Check the pipes, hoses and connections of the fuel system,
the cooling/heating system and the brake system for leaks,
chafing, porosity and cracking.
Perform a visual check of the same components from below with
the vehicle raised on a lifting platform and the noise insulation
removed.
WARNING

Any faults found must be rectified (repair measure).

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012

6.36

multitronic gearbox 01J: checking ATF, changing ATF

Special tools and workshop


equipment required
Vehicle diagnostic, testing
and information system VAS 5051- with adapter
lead -VAS 5051/1- (or fault
reader -V.A.G 1551- with
adapter lead V.A.G 1551/3- )
Charging device VAS 5162 Drip tray -V.A.G 1306-

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Safety goggles

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6.36.1

Changing ATF

Note
Always observe the relevant environmental regulations for

disposal.

The engine must not be started without ATF!

Engine switched off.

Attach filled container of ATF filler system -VAS 5162- to ve


hicle, securing it as high up as possible.
ATF for multitronic -G 052 180 A2- , container size 1.0 ltr.
Capacity approx. 4.5 litres
Note
The gearbox can only be filled if the container is positioned

higher than the gearbox.

The tap of filler system -5162- must be closed.


Raise vehicle.
Place drip tray -V.A.G 1306- under the gearbox.

Unscrew ATF drain plug -A- with socket insert -3357- and drain
ATF.
Screw in drain plug.
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Unscrew ATF filler plug -B-.


Screw in connection on tap of filler system -VAS 5162- into
opening of ATF filler plug -B-.

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Audi A6 1998
Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Fill up gearbox with 4.5 litres of ATF by turning the tap in the
direction of the filler hose -arrow-.
Move selector lever to position P.
Start the engine.
Check and top up ATF level page 65 .

6.36.2

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Checking ATF level and topping up if


necessary

Note

Observe all notes and test requirements which are listed under
Checking ATF level.

Vehicle must be level (horizontal).

Air conditioner and heating must be switched off.

Start engine and move through all positions (P, R, N, D) at


idling speed with footbrake and handbrake applied, leaving the
selector lever in each position for approx. 2 seconds.
Selector lever in P, let engine run at idling speed.
Note
ATF level will change depending on ATF temperature.
If ATF level is checked when ATF temperature is too low, this

will lead to overfilling.

If ATF level is checked when ATF temperature is too high, this

will lead to underfilling.

Underfilling or overfilling is detrimental to the function of the

gearbox.

The ATF temperature can be checked with the vehicle diag

nostic, testing and information system -VAS 5051- or the fault


reader -V.A.G 1551- .

Checking the ATF temperature


Switch off ignition.

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Connect the vehicle diagnostic, testing and information sys
tem -VAS 5051- with diagnostic lead -VAS 5051/1- . You can
also connect fault reader -V.A.G 1551- with diagnosis lead V.A.G 1551/3- . multitronic 01J, front-wheel drive - Selfdiagnosis; Repair group 01; Performing self-diagnosis
Start the engine.
Indicated on display:
Rapid data transfer
Select function XX

HELP

Enter 02 for gearbox electronics and then 08 for the func


tion read measured value block. To confirm then press the
Q key.
Indicated on display:
Read measured value block
Input display group number XXX

Enter 010 to select display group number 010 and confirm


entry with Q key.
Indicated on display:
Read measured value block
1
2

4
3

->
4

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Read ATF temperature in display zone -3-.


Checking and topping up ATF level.
Note

The ATF level can be checked at the ATF inspection plug.


The ATF level is correct if, at a temperature between 35 C

and 45 C 15), a small amount of fluid still comes out at the ATF
filler plug ( ATF filler system -VAS 5162- is connected). This
is caused by the rise in fluid level due to an increase in tem
perature.

15) 50 C for countries with hot climate.

If no ATF emerges from the ATF inspection plug by the time


the ATF has reached 40 C, top up ATF.

Filling up with ATF


ATF for multitronic -G 052 180 A2- , container size 1.0 ltr.

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Turn tap in direction of filler hose -arrow-. ATF will run into
gearbox.
Hold suitable container underneath drain of filler system.
Check ATF level by turning the tap in direction of drain
-arrow-. The fluid level is correct if only a small quantity of ATF
drips from the drain before the ATF reaches a temperature of
45 .
Note: When opening the tap approx. 5 cl of ATF will always drip
out of the inner fluid level tube.
If no additional ATF emerges, turn tap back in direction of filler
hose and fill up with more ATF; check fluid level repeatedly.

Unscrew the tap again once the correct fluid level has been
reached.
Note: After unscrewing the tap a small quantity of ATF will drip
out.
Close the filler plug again before the ATF reaches a temper
ature of 45 C.
Note: If the ATF temperature is higher than 45 C, too much ATF
will emerge due to the increase in temperature, resulting in the
gearbox being underfilled!
Tighten the ATF filler plug to 20 Nm.
Tightening torque

Nm

Filler plug

20

Use the "Go to" function to end output on the -VAS 5051- .
Press key on -V.A.G 1551- .
Enter 06 for the function End output and confirm the entry
with the Q key.

6.37

Engine oil: draining or extracting, chang


ing oil filter
Note

Oil should always be changed when engine is warm.

6.37.1

Draining/extracting engine oil

Special tools and workshop equipment required


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Torque wrench -V.A.G 1331-

Renew oil filter page 69 .


Note

If the engine oil is drained and not extracted with an extraction


probe, replace drain plug seal. This prevents leaks.
Observe disposal regulations.
Remove noise insulation page 38 before draining oil.
Clean engine sealing surface.
Tightening torque for oil drain plug

Nm

4-cylinder engines
4-cylinder engines
4-cylinder engines (unit in
jector)
6-cylinder TDI engines
6-cylinder engines
8-cylinder engines

30
50
25

with sheet metal sump


with aluminium sump

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Fill up with engine oil, specifications page 70 .


Check engine oil level page 72 .

Capacities with filter change: ELSA maintenance table


Engines with turbocharger:
When the engine oil and oil filter have been changed, it is impor
tant to note the following after starting the engine for the first time:

The engine must only run at idling speed as long as the oil
pressure warning lamp in the dash panel is on. Do not rev up!
If the engine is revved up the turbocharger can be damaged
or fail completely.

The full oil pressure is not attained until the warning lamp has
gone out, only then can the engine be revved up.

All engines:
Finally, check engine oil level page 72 .

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6.37.2

Renewing oil filter

On engines with oil cooler:


WARNING

After renewing oil filter cartridge, check clearance of hoses


from oil cooler to adjacent components, if necessary correct oil
cooler position.
Vehicles with 6-cyl. petrol engine and 4-cylinder TDI engine:
Loosen oil filter -arrow- with filter strap and remove oil filter.
Lightly lubricate rubber seal.
Screw on new filter and tighten hand-tight.
All other vehicles with petrol engine (including turbocharged ver
sions):
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Special tools and workshop equipment required


Oil filter tool -3417-

Loosen oil filter with oil filter tool -3417- and remove oil filter.
Lightly lubricate rubber seal.
Screw on new filter and tighten hand-tight.
Note

On vehicles with 8-cylinder petrol engine the oil filter is located


under the engine (rear right).
V6 TDI and 4-cyl. unit injector engines:
Special tools and workshop equipment required

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Torque wrench -V.A.G 1331-

Loosen sealing cap -1- with 32 mm ring spanner .


Renew O-ring -2- and oil filter element -3-.
Extract remaining oil from filter housing using oil extractor.
Open oil drain plug / draw off engine oil.
Screw in oil drain plug with new seal.
Tighten sealing cap -1- with 32 mm ring spanner .
Tightening torques
Sealing cap for oil filter
Oil drain plug

6.38

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Engine oil: filling up

The engine is filled with a high-quality multi-grade oil at the fac


tory: this can be used all year round, except in extremely cold
climates.

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Viscosity grades
Select the viscosity grade of the oil according to the chart.
A - High-lubricity multi-grade oils, specification page 71
B - Multi-grade oils, specification page 71
A - LongLife high-lubricity multi-grade oils, specification
page 72
Note

The oil does not need changing for brief variations of outside
temperature beyond the temperature ranges shown.
Viscosity grades and oil specifications
The specifications listed here must appear on the container - ei
ther singly or together with other specifications.
Note

When topping up it is permissible to mix different types of oil.

6.38.1

Oil specification for standard service

Vehicles with petrol engine


A - High-lubricity multi-grade oils, specification -VW 500 00- 16)
or high-lubricity multi-grade oils, specification -VW 502 00- 17)
B - Multi-grade oils, specification -VW 501 01- 16)
- Multi-grade oils, specification -API-SF-

18)

or -API-SG- 18)

16) The date given after the VW specification must not be earlier than 10/97.
17) The oils are particularly suitable for turbocharged petrol engines.
18) These oils should only be used if the approved engine oils are not available.

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16)

- Multi-grade oil, specification -VW 501 01- 19) (only in combination


with specification -VW 505 00- )
- Multi-grade oils, specification API-CD (should only be used for
topping up if approved grades are not available)
19) The date given after the VW specification must not be earlier than 10/97.

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6.38.2

Oil specifications for LongLife Service

Vehicles with petrol engine


A - High-lubricity multi-grade oils, for flexible oil change intervals
New VW standard (specially developed, resistant to ageing) ac
cording to specification:
-VW 503 00- Petrol engines/turbocharged petrol engines
-VW 503 01- Petrol engines with code letters ASN
-VW 503 01- Turbocharged petrol engines, 154 kW and above
(only Audi S3, Audi TT and Audi RS 4)
Vehicles with diesel engine
A - High-lubricity multi-grade oils, for flexible oil change intervals
New VW standard (specially developed, resistant to ageing) ac
cording to specification:
-VW 506 00- Diesel engines (not unit injector)
-VW 506 01- Diesel engines (unit injector)

6.39

Engine oil level: checking

Test conditions

Only check oil level with engine at operating temperature (oil


temperature above 60 ).

The vehicle must be horizontal when measuring the oil level.


Wait a few minutes after switching off the engine to allow the
oil to flow back into the sump.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe with a clean cloth and insert again
as far as it will go.
Pull out the dipstick again and read off the oil level.
Markings on oil dipstick:
a - Oil must not be topped up.
b - Oil can be topped up. The oil level may rise as far as area
-a- after topping up.
c - Oil must be topped up. The oil level is sufficient if it is some
where in area -b- (grooved area) after topping up.
Note

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The oil level must not be above marking -a- on the dipstick.

6.40

Low range gearing: performing basic


setting

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Vehicle diagnostic, testing and information system -VAS 5051with adapter lead, 5m without voltage supply -VAS 5051/3- or
Fault reader -V.A.G 1551- with lead -V.A.G 1551/3 Adapter -VAS 6017/B-

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Requirements:

The temperature of the low range gearing should be between


+10 C and +50 C.

Voltage supply OK and all electrical equipment switched off.

The basic setting can only be performed with engine not star
ted and vehicle standing.

Performing basic setting


Connect the vehicle diagnostic, testing and information sys
tem -VAS 5051- or the fault reader -V.A.G 1551- page 36 .
Switch on ignition.
Select low range gearing control unit with address word 22
(electronics for four-wheel drive).

Fault memory interrogated, faults rectified (if applicable) and


fault memory erased.

Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Press keys 0 and 4 . (04 selects Initiating basic setting func


tion).
Note

Accelerator pedal should rest in idling position.


Indicated on display:

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04 - Basic
setting

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on display:

Basic setting
Input display group number XXX

Press keys 0 , 0 and 2 .


Indicated on display:

Basic setting
Depress pedal

OFF

->
> 4

Basic setting
Operate tip down

OFF

->

Basic setting
U1 V
U2 V

ON
U3 V

Basic setting
U1 V
U2 V

OFF
U3 V

Depress clutch pedal all the way and hold in this position while
performing basic setting.
Press key 4 .
Indicated on display:
Press low range gearing button on gear knob.
Indicated on display:

->
X1mm

Wait for approx. 20 seconds until display changes from -ON- to


-OFF-.
Indicated on display:

->
X1mm

Press key.
Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Read out fault memory.

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Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Press keys 0 and 2 . (02 selects Interrogate fault memory


function).
Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


02 - Interrogate fault memory

Confirm entry with Q key.


The display shows either no fault or the number of faults that
have been stored.

X faults recognised!

The stored faults are displayed one after the other and printed
out.
Press key.
Indicated on display:
If faults have been stored these must be rectified. The fault log is
required for the repair work.
The system is in basic setting if no faults have been detected.

6.41

Dust and pollen filter element: renewing

The filter is located below the plenum chamber cover, on the right
side.
Remove plenum chamber cover.
Clean the area around the pollen filter retainer housing in the
plenum chamber.
Press bracket -2- to rear.
Take dust and pollen filter -1- out of housing -arrows-.

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Note
Observe disposal regulations.
The dust and pollen filter element must be fitted into the frame

-B- facing in the correct direction. The arrow markings -A- in


dicate the direction of air flow.

Install new filter element.


Fit plenum chamber cover.

6.42

Road test

To what extent the following can be checked depends on vehicle


equipment and local conditions (urban/country).
The following points must be checked during the road test:

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Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

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Engine: performance, misfiring, idling speed, acceleration
Clutch: pulling away, pedal pressure, odours
Gear selection: ease of operation, gear lever position
Automatic gearbox: selector lever position, shift lock / ignition
key lock, shift behaviour, instrument cluster display
Brake pedal and handbrake: operation, travel and effective
ness, pulling to one side, juddering, squeal, ABS function
Steering: operation, steering free play, steering wheel central
ised when wheels are in straight-ahead position
Sliding roof: function
Cruise control system: operation
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Driver
Information System (DIS): functions

Air conditioner: operation


Vehicle: moving off line when travelling straight ahead (level
road)
Imbalance: wheels, drive shafts, propshaft
Wheel bearings: noises
Engine: hot starting behaviour

6.43

Tyre repair kit: checking


Note

The bottle of tyre filler is located in the spare wheel well.


Take out the bottle and check the expiry date (printed on bottle
-arrow-).
Check that the compressor is available for use.
Note
Used bottles must be replaced.
The bottle must be replaced if the expiry date has been ex

ceeded.

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6.44

Wheel bolts: tightening to specified tor


que

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Torque wrench -V.A.G 1331-

Remove trim cap


Puller -A- for removing trim caps is included in vehicle tool kit.
Wheel bolts
The adapter for loosening and tightening anti-theft wheel bolts is
included in vehicle tool kit.
Note

Ensure that wheel bolts are tightened in diagonal sequence to


the following tightening torque:
Tightening torque

Nm

Wheel bolts

120

Place puller and adapter back in vehicle tool kit after com
pleting work.

6.45

Radio / Navigation System plus (chorus,


concert, symphony): deactivating trans
port mode

Transport mode may have been activated in dash panel insert


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To deactivate the transport mode in Radio 56 follow the same


procedure.
Connect vehicle diagnostic, testing and information system VAS 5051- page 88 .

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Switch on ignition.
Indicated on display:
Selecting operating mode:
Press button for Vehicle self-diagnosis on display.
Note

If the display does not coincide with the work sequence shown:
Operating instructions for Vehicle Diagnostic, Testing and In
formation System VAS 5051.
Indicated on display:
Selecting vehicle system:
Press 17 - Dash panel insert on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
The control unit identification and coding are displayed -arrow-.
Press arrow button -1- on the display.

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Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

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Indicated on display:
On the number block of the display -arrow- press key 9 twice.
The transport mode is activated or deactivated in adaption chan
nel 99.
Press Q key on display number block to confirm entry.
Note
0 transport mode off
1 transport mode on
Indicated on display:
Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until 0 is
displayed above the scroll bar -1-.
0 - Transport mode off
Press Save button -2- on the display.

Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.
Ending output:

Indicated on display:
Press Go to button on display -arrow-.

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Indicated on display:
Press Exit button on display -arrow-.
Press Exit button in the Exit menu.
Switch off ignition.
Note

The vehicle diagnostic, testing and information system -VAS


5051- must remain connected for various checks and for carrying
out the exhaust emissions
(if required).
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6.46

Radio / Navigation System Plus: activat


ing anti-theft coding by entering fixed
code number

The radio units are supplied with a fixed code. This means that
each radio unit with anti-theft coding is programmed with its own
code number. The fixed code is not activated by the factory.
The security coding of the ready-to-use unit is only activated by
entering the fixed code.
Activate the fixed code as follows:
Radio Chorus, Concert and Symphony page 79
Navigation System Plus page 80 .
Switch on radio or navigation unit.
Press buttons TP and TA simultaneously until 1000 appears
in the digital display. Release the buttons.
Use radio station buttons 1 to 4 to enter the code number
which appears on the adhesive radio code card. Button 1 is
used to enter the first digit of the code number, button 2 for
the second digit, and so on.
Then press buttons TP and TA simultaneously again and hold
down until SAFE appears on the frequency display. Release
the buttons. After a brief delay a frequency will appear auto
matically.
If the fixed code number has been entered correctly into the radio
unit, when the ignition key is removed the diode located next to
the unit name will flash.

6.46.1

Chorus, Concert and Symphony ra


dios:

Press buttons TP and RDS simultaneously until 1000 ap


pears in the digital display. Release the buttons.
New radio generation (model year 02)
Press buttons RDS and SCAN simultaneously until 1000 ap
pears in the digital display. Release the buttons.
All radios:
Use radio station buttons 1 to 4 to enter the code number
which appears on the adhesive radio code card. Button 1 is
used to enter the first digit of the code number, button 2 for
the second digit, and so on.
Then press buttons TP and RDS simultaneously again and
hold down until SAFE appears on the frequency display.
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(New radio generation: press buttons RDS and SCAN.) Re
lease the buttons. After a brief delay a frequency will appear
automatically.

6.46.2

Navigation System Plus:

Press the buttons NAVIGATION and DISPLAY simultaneously


and keep pressed until the code input mask appears. Release
the buttons.
Turn the rotary pushbutton to highlight the digits of the code
number one after the other and confirm each digit by pressing
the rotary pushbutton. The digits are entered in the 4 number
zones below. The code number is attached to the device in
formation card (operating instructions).
Use the rotary pushbutton to highlight the OK option and
confirm by pressing the push button. Once input has been
successfully completed the unit will switch to its normal oper
ating status.

6.47

Service interval display: resetting >


1999 (-X-)

When a service is due, this will be indicated in the trip recorder


display once the ignition is switched on. The display will continue
flashing for about 60 seconds after starting the engine.
The individual displays indicate the following cases:
serviceOIL
serviceINSP

Engine oil change or


Inspection Service

The service interval display will appear 1,000 km or 10 days be


fore the next service is due.
The service interval display must be adapted during the Delivery
Inspection and also after each Oil Change or Inspection Service.
The service interval display
adapted
by
the following
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by setting
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Type of service
serviceOIL
serviceINSP

Specification
(mileage)

Specification
(time)

15,000 km
30,000 km

365 days

Service interval display: resetting


The service interval display can be reset using one of two meth
ods:
With adjustment buttons for trip recorder and clock on instru
ment cluster page 82 .
or
With fault reader -V.A.G 1551- or vehicle diagnostic, testing
and information system -VAS 5051-

6.47.1

Resetting service interval display with


fault reader -V.A.G 1551- or vehicle di
agnostic, testing and information system
-VAS 5051-

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Fault reader -V.A.G 1551- or vehicle diagnostic, testing and
information system -VAS 5051-

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Adapter lead, 5m without voltage supply -VAS 5051/3 Adapter -6017/B Connect fault reader -V.A.G 1551- or vehicle diagnostic, test
ing and information system -VAS 5051- page 36 .
Switch on ignition.
Press 1 for Rapid data transfer mode.
Press key 1 and 7 for address word dash panel insert and
confirm entry with key Q .
Press the key twice.
Press key 1 and 0 for function Adaption and confirm entry
with key Q .
Indicated on display:

Adaption
Enter channel no. XX

Press keys 0 and 2 to select Adaption channel 02 and con


firm entry with key Q .
Indicated on display:

Channel 2

Adaption

1
->
<-1 3->

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0 - means that no service is due.


1 - means that an Oil Change is due.
10 - means that an Inspection Service is due.
11 - means that an Oil Change Service and Inspection Service is
due.
Press key.
Indicated on display:

Channel 2
Adaption
Enter adaption value XXXXX

Channel 2
Adaption
Enter adaption value

Adaption

Q
<-1 3->

Channel 2
Adaption
Store changed value?

After completing the service enter the adaption value as follows:


Adaption value
00000
00010
00001

Service setting
Erase serviceOIL and
serviceINSP.
Erase serviceOIL.
Erase serviceINSP.

Example:
Press key 0 five times.
Indicated on display (example):

00000

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on display:

Channel 2

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on display:
Confirm entry with Q key.

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Indicated on display:

Channel 2
Adaption
Changed value is stored

->

Press key to continue.


Indicated on display:

6.47.2

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

Resetting service interval display with


out fault reader -V.A.G 1551- or vehicle
diagnostic, testing and information sys
tem -VAS 5051-

Switch off ignition.

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Press and hold reset button for the trip recorder -2- in instru
ment cluster.
Switch on ignition with button pressed.
Release the button.
The display of trip recorder -3- shows: serviceOIL.
Keep the clock adjuster button -1- in the instrument cluster
pulled out until the serviceOIL display is reset.
The display -3- shows: - - -.

Press the reset button for the trip recorder -2- again to call up
the next type of service.
The display -3- shows: serviceINSP.
Keep the clock adjuster button -1- pulled out until the serv
iceINSP display is reset.
The display -3- shows: - - -.
Switch off ignition.

6.48

Service interval display: resetting Long


Life Service from model year > 2000
(-Y-) onwards

Resetting service interval display after completing a service for


Audi A6 as from chassis No. 4BYN 002 888.
Resetting service interval display with Vehicle diagnostic, testing
and information system -VAS 5051- page 88 .
Note

If resetting is performed without fault reader -V.A.G 1551- or ve


hicle diagnostic, testing and information system -VAS 5051- this
will automatically set fixed intervals for servicing.

6.48.1

Resetting service interval display with


fault reader -V.A.G 1551-

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Fault reader -V.A.G 1551 Adapter lead -V.A.G 1551/3 Adapter -VAS 6017/B Connect fault reader -V.A.G 1551- page 36 .

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Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Rapid data transfer


10 - Adaption

Press keys 1 and 0 and confirm entry with key Q .


Indicated on display:
Confirm entry with Q key.
Indicated on the display:

Adaption
Enter channel no. XX

Press keys 0 and 2 .


Confirm entry with Q key.
Note
The service interval display serves to remind the driver that a

service is due. It is shown in the centre display.

The service reminder will first appear 1 month or 2,000 km

before the next service is due. The display changes at intervals


of 100 km. Example: after covering a total mileage of 28,700
km the display will show SERVICE IN 1300 km.

The remaining mileage to the service can be called up via the

menu in the centre display by pressing the clock reset button


once.

Once a service is due, an appropriate text message will be

shown in the centre display for about 5 seconds when the ig


nition is switched on. It is displayed after the automatic gear
box info and after entering a destination in the navigation
system (if applicable). Display shows: SERVICE!.

Indicated on the display:


The service setting is displayed

Channel 2

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Adaption

1
->
(-1 3-)

display

Note

The service interval display must only be reset by direct numerical


input.
Press key.
Indicated on the display:

Channel 2
Adaption
Enter adaption value XXXXX

The service is reset by entering the following adaption value:


Adaption value

Service setting

00000

Resetting

Use the keypad to enter the correct adaption value -00000- to


delete the service.
Press key 0 five times.

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Indicated on the display:

Channel 2
Adaption
Enter adaption value

00000

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Channel 2

Adaption

0
(-1

Q
3-)

0 means that the Service has been reset, i.e. the instrument
cluster display will show SERVICE IN 15,000 km once the entry
has been confirmed with the Q key.
Note

The service interval display will initially show the starting value of
15,000 km. The conversion to the higher mileage (e.g. up to
50,000 km for 4-cyl. diesel engines) only takes place when the
vehicle is driven.
Confirm entry with Q key.
Indicated on the display:

Channel 2
Adaption
Store changed value?

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:
Press key to complete

Channel 2
Adaption
Changed value is stored
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of
service
interval display.
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Checking or changing adaption values:


After resetting the service interval display, the following channels
and adaption values must be checked or changed (according to
the engine version fitted in the vehicle):
Table of channels and adaption values
Channel 42 (min. mileage)
Channel 43 (max. mileage) petrol engines
Channel 43 (max. mileage) 6-cyl. diesel engines
Channel 43 (max. mileage)
4-cyl. diesel engines
unit injector engines from model year 02 onwards
Channel 44 (max. time interval to next due service)
Channel 45 (oil grade for max. mileage of 30,000
km)
Channel 45 (oil grade for max. mileage of 35,000
km)
Channel 45 (oil grade for 4-cyl. diesel engines,
max. mileage of 50,000 km)
unit injector engines from model year 02 onwards

15,000 km
30,000 km
35,000 km
50,000 km
730 days
2

Procedure for correction of adaption values:


Channel 42 (min. mileage), page 85
Channel 43 (max. mileage), page 85
Channel 44 (max. time interval to next due service),
page 86
Channel 45 (oil grade for max. mileage), page 87

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Minimum mileage
This function specifies a minimum mileage (shown in km) for the
service interval display in the instrument cluster.
Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Rapid data transfer

Press keys 1 and 0 and confirm entry with key Q .


Indicated on display:
Confirm entry with Q key.

10for-private
Adaption
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Indicated on the display:

Adaption
Enter channel no. XX

Press keys 4 and 2 .


Confirm entry with Q key.
Indicated on the display:

Channel 42
Adaption
min. val. oil in 1,000 km

15
(-1

->
3-)

The display shows the minimum mileage in km before the next


service is due (in this example: 15 = 15,000 km).
Note
The required value can only be entered in steps of 1000 km.

Accordingly, the readout on the display will also only show


steps of 1000 km.

When using the keypad on the fault reader, only direct numer

ical input is possible!

If an incorrect value is entered the function Adaption will be

terminated automatically and must be restarted!

Maximum mileage
This function specifies a maximum mileage (shown in km) for the
service interval display in the instrument cluster.
Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Rapid data transfer


10 - Adaption

Press keys 1 and 0 and confirm entry with key Q .


Indicated on display:
Confirm entry with Q key.
Indicated on the display:

Adaption
Enter channel no. XX

Press keys 4 and 3 .


Confirm entry with Q key.
Indicated on the display:
The display shows the maximum mileage in km before the next
service is due (in this example: 30 = 30000 km).

Channel 43
Adaption
max. val. oil in 1,000 km

30
(-1

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->
3-)

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Note
The value entered for the correct engine version must corre

spond with the value specified in the table page 84 .

The required value can only be entered in steps of 1000 km.

Accordingly, the readout on the display will also only show


steps of 1000 km.

When using the keypad on the fault reader, only direct numer

ical input is possible!

If an incorrect value is entered the function Adaption will be

terminated automatically and must be restarted!

Press key.
Indicated on the display:

Channel 43
Adaption
Enter adaption value XXXXX

30

Enter input value via keypad, filling in first digits with 0.


Input value: e.g. 50,000 km
Keypad input: 00050
Indicated on the display:

Channel 43
Adaption
Enter adaption value

30
00050

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Channel 43
Adaption
max. val. oil in 1,000 km

50
(-1

Channel 43
Adaption
Store changed value?

50

Q
3-)

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Channel 43
Adaption
Changed value is stored

50

->

Press key to complete adaption of maximum mileage.


Maximum time interval
This function specifies a maximum interval (shown in days) for the
service interval display in the instrument cluster.
Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Rapid data transfer


10 - Adaption

Press keys 1 and 0 and confirm entry with key Q .


Indicated on display:
Confirm entry with Q key.
Indicated on the display:

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Adaption

Enter channel no. XX

Press keys 4 and 4 .


Confirm entry with Q key.

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Indicated on the display:

Channel 44
Adaption
>
max. val. Insp. in 1 days

730
(-1

3-)

Indicated on display: maximum interval in days before the next


service is due (in this example: 730 = 730 days).
Note
The value entered for the correct engine version must corre

spond with the value specified in the table page 84 .

The specification must be entered in days. Accordingly, the

display will also only show the figure in days.

When using the keypad on the fault reader, only direct numer

ical input is possible!

If an incorrect value is entered the function Adaption will be

terminated automatically and must be restarted!

Press key.
Indicated on the display:

Channel 44
Adaption
Enter adaption value XXXXX

730

Enter input value via keypad, filling in first digits with 0.


Input value: e.g. 730 days
Use keypad to enter 00730
Indicated on the display:

Channel 44
Adaption
Enter adaption value

730
00730

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Channel 44
Adaption
max. val. Insp. in 1 days

730
(-1

Channel 44
Adaption
Store changed value?

730

Q
3-)

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Channel 44
Adaption
>
Changed value is stored

730

Press key to end adaption of maximum time interval.


Adaption of oil grade
Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

copyright.
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or commercial
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Indicated on display:
Rapid

data transfer
10 - Adaption

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Adaption
Enter channel no. XX

Press keys 4 and 5 .


Confirm entry with Q key.

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Note
The oil used for the vehicle has to be adapted after each Serv

ice.

Settings for the adaption value range from 1-4. Each value

from 1-4 is linked with a max. mileage (channel 43) and max.
time interval (channel 44).

The value entered for the correct engine version must corre

spond with the value specified in the table page 84 .

Indicated
on the display:
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Channel 45
Oil grade

Adaption

1
(-1

->
3-)

Press key.

Indicated on the display:

Channel 45
Adaption
Enter adaption value XXXXX

Channel 45
Adaption
Enter adaption value

Enter input value via keypad, filling in first digits with 0.


Input value: e.g. 2
Use keypad to enter 00002
Indicated on the display:

00002

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Channel 45
Oil grade

Adaption

2
(-1

Q
3-)

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Channel 45
Adaption
Store changed value?

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:
Press key to complete adaption of oil grade.

6.48.2

Resetting service interval display with


vehicle diagnostic, testing and informa
tion system -VAS 5051-

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Vehicle diagnostic, testing and information system -VAS 5051 Adapter lead -VAS 5051/1 Adapter -VAS 6017Connecting vehicle diagnostic, testing and information system VAS 5051 Apply handbrake.
Automatic gearbox: move selector lever to position P.
Manual gearbox: gear lever in neutral.
Connect -VAS 5051- page 36 .

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Channel 45
Adaption
Changed value is stored

->

Audi A6 1998
Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Switch on ignition.
Indicated on display:
Selecting operating mode:
Press button for vehicle self-diagnosis on display -arrow-.
Note

If the display does not coincide with the work sequence shown:
Operating instructions for Vehicle Diagnostic, Testing and In
formation System VAS 5051.
Indicated on display:
Selecting vehicle system:
Press 17 - Dash panel insert on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
The control unit identification and coding are displayed -arrow-.
Press > button -1- on the display.

Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

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Indicated on display:
Press keys 0 and 2 on display number block -arrow-.
The service interval display is reset via adaption channel 02.
Press Q key on display number block to confirm entry.

Indicated on display:
Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until -10- is
displayed above the scroll bar.
Press Save button -2- on the display.

Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.
Ending output

Indicated on display:
Press Go to button on display -arrow-.

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Indicated on display:
Press Exit button on display -arrow-.
Press Exit button in the Exit menu.
Switch off ignition and detach diagnostic connector.
Note

The -VAS 5051- must remain connected for checking the adap
tion values page 91 and for carrying out the exhaust emis
sions test (if required).
Switch on ignition.
After switching on the ignition, the mileage display in the instru
ment cluster will no longer indicate that a service is due.

6.48.3

Checking or changing adaption values

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Vehicle diagnostic, testing and information system -VAS 5051with diagnosis lead, 5m without voltage supply -VAS 5051/3 Adapter -VAS 6017/B Connect vehicle diagnostic, testing and information system VAS 5051- page 88 .
Indicated on display:
Selecting vehicle system:
Press 17 - Dash panel insert on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
The control unit identification and coding are displayed -arrow-.
Press > button -1- on the display.

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Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press keys 4 and 5 on display number block -arrow-.
Adaption channel 45 is used to adapt the instrument cluster to
the oil grade.
Press Q key on display number block to confirm entry.

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Indicated on display:

Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until adaption
value 2 is displayed above the scroll bar -1-.
Note

The adaption value in the top line indicates the current status of
the service interval display:
Channel 45 (oil grade for petrol engines
max. mileage 30,000 km)
Channel 45 (oil grade for 6-cyl. diesel engines,
max. mileage 35,000 km)
Channel 45 (oil grade for 4-cyl. diesel engines,
max. mileage of 50,000 km)
unit injector engines from model year 02 onwards

2
3
4

Note

Encode flexible service interval (LongLife Service) on instrument


cluster. For petrol engines enter adaption value 2, for 6-cyl. diesel
engines enter adaption value 3 and for 4-cyl. diesel engines (unit
injector engines from model year 02 onwards) enter adaption val
ue 4.

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Press Save button -2- on the display.

Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press -arrow- button on display.

Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

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Indicated on display:
Press keys 4 and 4 on display number block -arrow-.
Adaption channel 44 is used to adapt the time interval which
may elapse before the next service is due.
Press Q key on display number block to confirm entry.

Indicated on display:
Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until adaption
value 730 is displayed above the scroll bar -1-.
Note

The adaption value displays the maximum time interval which


may elapse before the next service is due.
Channel 44 (max. time interval to next due service) 730 days
Note

Encode flexible service interval (LongLife Service) on instrument


cluster. Enter adaption value 730.
Press Save button -2- on the display.

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Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.

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Indicated on display:
Press -arrow- button on display.

Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press keys 4 and 3 on display number block -arrow-.
Adaption channel 43 is used to adapt the maximum mileage
which can be covered before the next service is due.
Press Q key on display number block to confirm entry.

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Indicated on display:
Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until adaption
value 30 is displayed above the scroll bar -1-.
Note
Briefly press the scroll bar -2- to the right of the cursor to in

crement the figure by one.

Briefly press the scroll bar -3- to the left of the cursor to reduce

the figure by one.

The adaption value in the top line indicates the maximum mile

age which can be covered before the next service is due.

Channel 43 (max. mileage)


petrol engines
Channel 43 (max. mileage)
6-cyl. diesel engines
Channel 43 (max. mileage)
4-cyl. diesel engines
(unit injector engines from year 02)
Note

30,000 km
35,000 km
50,000 km

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Encode flexible service interval (LongLife Service) on instrument


cluster. For petrol engines enter adaption value 30, for 6-cyl. die
sel engines enter adaption value 35 and for 4-cyl. diesel engines
(unit injector engines from model year 02 onwards) enter adaption
value 50.
Press Save button -4- on the display.
Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press -arrow- button on display.

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press keys 4 and 2 on display number block -arrow-.
Adaption channel 42 is used to adapt the minimum mileage
which can be covered before the next service is due.
Press Q key on display number block to confirm entry.

Indicated on display:
Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until adaption
value 15 is displayed above the scroll bar -1-.
Note
Briefly press the scroll bar -2- to the right of the cursor to in

crement the figure by one.

Briefly press the scroll bar -3- to the left of the cursor to reduce

the figure by one.

The adaption value in the top line indicates the minimum mile

age before the next service is due.

Channel 42 (min. mileage)


Note

15,000 km

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Encode flexible service interval (LongLife Service) on instrument


cluster. Enter adaption value 15.
Press Save button -4- on the display.

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Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.
End output.

Indicated on

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Press Go to button on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press Exit button on display -arrow-.
Press Exit button in the Exit menu.
Switch off ignition and detach diagnostic connector.

6.49

Service interval display: resetting In


spection Service (fixed interval) from
model year 2000 > -Y- onwards

Resetting the service interval display after completing a service


for Audi A6 as from chassis No. 4BYN 002 888
Resetting service interval display with Vehicle diagnostic, testing
and information system -VAS 5051- page 100 .
Resetting service interval display without fault reader -V.A.G
1551- or vehicle diagnostic, testing and information system -VAS
5051- page 109

6.49.1

Resetting service interval display with


fault reader -V.A.G 1551-

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Fault reader -V.A.G 1551- with lead -V.A.G 1551/3 Adapter -VAS 6017/B Connect -V.A.G 1551- page 36 .

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Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Rapid data transfer


10 - Adaption

Press keys 1 and 0 and confirm entry with key Q .


Indicated on display:
Confirm entry with Q key.
Indicated on the display:

Adaption
Enter channel no. XX

Press keys 0 and 2 .


Confirm entry with Q key.
Note
The service interval display serves to remind the driver that a

service is due. It is shown in the centre display.

The service reminder will first appear 1 month or 2,000 km

before the next service is due. The display changes at intervals


of 100 km. Example: after covering a total mileage of 13,700
km the display will show SERVICE IN 1300 km.

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menu
in the centre display by pressing the clock reset button
once.

Once a service is due, an appropriate text message will be

shown in the centre display for about 5 seconds when the ig


nition is switched on. It is displayed after the automatic gear
box info and after entering a destination in the navigation
system (if applicable). Display shows: SERVICE!

Indicated on the display:

Channel 2

Adaption

1
->
(-1 3-)

The service setting is displayed.


1 means that Service is active, i.e. the instrument cluster display
shows SERVICE!.
Note

The service interval display must only be reset by direct numerical


input.
Press key.
Indicated on the display:

Channel 2
Adaption
Enter adaption value XXXXX

The service is reset by entering the following adaption value:


Adaption value

Service setting

00000

Resetting

Use the keypad to enter the correct adaption value -00000- to


delete the service.
Press key 0 five times.

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Indicated on the display:

Channel 2
Adaption
Enter adaption value

00000

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

Channel 2

Adaption

0
(-1

Q
3-)

0 means that the Service has been reset, i.e. the instrument
cluster display will show SERVICE IN 15,000 km once the entry
has been confirmed with the Q key.
Confirm entry with Q key.
Indicated on the display:

Channel 2
Adaption
Store changed value?

Confirm entry with Q key.


Indicated on the display:

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Press key to complete resetting of service interval display.


Checking or changing adaption values
After resetting the service interval display the following channels
and adaption values must be checked or changed.
Table of channels and adaption values
Channel 42 (min. mileage)
Channel 43 (max. mileage)
Channel 44 (max. time interval to next due service)
Channel 45 (oil grade)

15,000 km
15,000 km
365 days
1

Procedure for correction of adaption values:


page 85 , Channel 42 (min. mileage)
page 85 , Channel 43 (max. mileage)
page 86 , Channel 44 (max. time interval to next due service)
page 87 , Channel 45 (oil grade for max. mileage)

6.49.2

Resetting service interval display with


vehicle diagnostic, testing and informa
tion system -VAS 5051-

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Vehicle diagnostic, testing and information system -VAS 5051with adapter lead, 5m without voltage supply -VAS 5051/3 Adapter -VAS 6017/BConnect vehicle diagnostic, testing and information system VAS 5051- page 36 .

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Switch on ignition.
Indicated on display:
Select operating mode
Press button for vehicle self-diagnosis on display
-arrow-.
Note

If the display does not coincide with the work sequence shown:
Operating instructions for Vehicle Diagnostic, Testing and In
formation System VAS 5051.
Indicated on display:
Selecting vehicle system:
Press 17 - Dash panel insert on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
The control unit identification and coding are displayed -arrow-.
Press arrow button -1- on the display.

Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

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Indicated on display:
Press keys 0 and 2 on display number block -arrow-.
The service interval display is reset via adaption channel 02.
Press Q key on display number block to confirm entry.

Indicated on display:
Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until -10- is
displayed above the scroll bar.
Press Save button -2- on the display.

Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.
Ending output:

Indicated on display:
Press Go to button on display -arrow-.

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Audi A6 1998
Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Indicated on display:
Press Exit button on display -arrow-.
Press Exit button in the Exit menu.
Switch off ignition and detach diagnostic connector.
Note

The -VAS 5051- must remain connected for checking the adap
tion values page 103 and for carrying out the exhaust emis
sions test (if required).
Switch on ignition.
After switching on the ignition, the mileage display in the instru
ment cluster will no longer indicate that a service is due.

6.49.3

Checking or changing adaption values

Special tools and workshop equipment required


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Indicated on display:
Select vehicle system
Press 17 - Dash panel insert on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
The control unit identification and coding are displayed -arrow-.
Press > button -1- on the display.

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Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press keys 4 and 5 on display number block -arrow-.
Adaption channel 45 is used to adapt the instrument cluster to
the oil grade.
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Indicated on display:
Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until adaption
value 1 is displayed above the scroll bar -1-.
Note

The adaption value in the top line indicates the current status of
the service interval display:
Channel 45 (oil grade)

Note

Encode non-flexible service interval (Inspection Service) on in


strument cluster. Enter adaption value 1.
Press Save button -2- on the display.
Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.

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Maintenance - Edition 05.2012
Indicated on display:
Press -arrow- button on display.

Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press keys 4 and 4 on display number block -arrow-.
Adaption channel 44 is used to adapt the time interval which
may elapse before the next service is due.
Press Q key on display number block to confirm entry.

Indicated on display:
Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until adaption
value 365 is displayed above the scroll bar -1-.
Note

The adaption value displays the maximum time interval which


may elapse before the next service is due.
Channel 44 (max. time interval to next due service) 365 days
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Encode non-flexible service interval (Inspection Service) on in


strument cluster. Enter adaption value 365.
Press Save button -2- on the display.

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Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press -arrow- button on display.

Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press keys 4 and 3 on display number block -arrow-.
Adaption channel 43 is used to adapt the maximum mileage
which can be covered before the next service is due.
Press Q key on display number block to confirm entry.

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Indicated on display:
Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until adaption
value 15 is displayed above the scroll bar -1-.
Note
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The adaption value in the top line indicates the maximum mile

age which can be covered before the next service is due.

Channel 43 (max. mileage)

15,000 km

Note

Encode non-flexible service interval (Inspection Service) on in


strument cluster. Enter adaption value 15.
Press Save button -4- on the display.
Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press -arrow- button on display.

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Indicated on display:
Press 10 - Adaption on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press keys 4 and 2 on display number block -arrow-.
Adaption channel 42 is used to adapt the minimum mileage
which can be covered before the next service is due.
Press Q key on display number block to confirm entry.
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Indicated on display:
Move the cursor -arrow- on the display to the left until adaption
value 15 is displayed above the scroll bar -1-.
Note
Briefly press the scroll bar -2- to the right of the cursor to in

crement the figure by one.

Briefly press the scroll bar -3- to the left of the cursor to reduce

the figure by one.

The adaption value in the top line indicates the minimum mile

age before the next service is due.

Channel 42 (min. mileage)

15,000 km

Note

Encode non-flexible service interval (Inspection Service) on in


strument cluster. Enter adaption value 15.
Press Save button -4- on the display.

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Indicated on display:
Press Transfer button on display -arrow-.
Ending output:

Indicated on display:
Press Go to button on display -arrow-.

Indicated on display:
Press Exit button on display -arrow-.
Press Exit button in the Exit menu.
Switch off ignition and detach diagnostic connector.

6.49.4

Resetting service interval display (after


completing a Service) without the use of
-V.A.G 1551- or -VAS 5051-

Note

If resetting is performed without -V.A.G 1551- or -VAS 5051- , this


will automatically set fixed intervals for servicing.
The service interval display has to be reset after carrying out a
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The service interval display can also be reset as follows:


Switch off ignition.
Press the reset button for the trip recorder in the instrument
cluster and at the same time switch on the ignition.

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When you release the trip recorder button the display will show:
SERVICE IN ???? km or SERVICE!.
Keep the clock adjuster button in the instrument cluster press
ed until the display is set back to SERVICE IN ???? km or
SERVICE!.
The display will show: SERVICE IN 15000 km.
Switch off ignition.

6.50

Track rod ball joints: checking play, se


curity and boots

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Torque wrench -V.A.G 1331-

Note

The test must be carried out with vehicle raised on a lifting plat
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Check play by moving the track rods and wheels.


There must be no noticeable or visual play.
Check that lock nut -1- is secure.

Check boots all around -arrows- for damage and correct seat
ing.
As a rule you can identify damage to the boots by emerging
grease.
Tightening torque

Nm

Lock nut

40

6.51

Joints on front axle: checking play, at


tachment and boots
Note

The test must be carried out with vehicle raised on a lifting plat
form (wheels free to move).

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Check boots all around -arrows- for damage and correct seat
ing.
As a rule you can identify damage to the boots by emerging
grease.
Check play by moving the track rods and wheels.
There must be no noticeable or visual play.
With no weight on the wheels, check for play between wheel
bearing housing and track control link.

The relative movement between wheel bearing housing and


suspension joint can be assessed by lifting and lowering the
wheel several times with your hands.
If you identify noticeable play while lifting and lowering the
wheel, the track control link must be renewed.
Check the inner and outer drive shaft boots all around for
damage and make sure they are correctly seated. If necessary
turn the wheel.
You can identify any ruptures in the boots at an early stage by
turning the steering.
As a rule you can easily identify damage to the drive shaft boot
by a lot of grease emerging from the boot.

6.52

Windscreen wiper/washer system:


checking jet settings and operation

Audi A6 and Audi allroad


Special tools and workshop equipment required
Adjusting tool -T10127- fitted with needle -3125/5 A-

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Setting
Mark the four points on the glass using a water-soluble marker
pen.

Distance -a- = 350 420 mm

Distance -b- = 190 260 mm

Distance -c- = 330 340 mm

Distance -d- = 500 510 mm


Note

Ignore distances -e h-.


Use adjusting tool -T10127- to aim the individual jets at the
points marked.
Procedure is identical on passenger side, but symmetrically
opposite.
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Setting
Mark the four points on the glass using a water-soluble marker
pen.

Distance -a- = 400 50 mm

Distance -b- = 190 50 mm

Distance -c- = 420 50 mm

Use adjusting tool -T10127- to aim the individual jets at the


points marked.
1-

Water deflector on A-pillar.

2-

Cowl panel grille.

6.53

Windscreen and headlight washer sys


tem: topping up with washer fluid

Fill container up to top with washer fluid. Be sure to add a phneutral windscreen cleaner fluid (with freeze-resistant additive
in winter).

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6.54

Headlight washer system: checking jet


settings

The headlight washer jets are set by the manufacturer and there
fore do not need to be adjusted.

6.55

Wiper blades: checking park position


and checking for damage

6.55.1

Wiper blades in park position wind


screen

Procedure:
Switch on ignition.
Perform brief wipe and let wiper arms move into park position.
Switch off the ignition and remove the ignition key from the
lock.
Measure the distance as specified below; if measurement is
not identical to specification, perform the following steps.
Use a screwdriver to prise the cover caps off the wiper arms.
Loosen hexagon nuts -arrows- several turns.
Release wiper arms from wiper shafts by tilting them slightly.
Unscrew and remove hexagon nuts and then detach wiper
arms.
Switch on ignition.
Perform brief wipe
park position.

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Switch off ignition.

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Place wiper arm (with wiper blade already fitted) on wiper shaft
and adjust wiper blade on windscreen as follows:
Type of vehicle
Audi A6 up to model year
2000
Audi A6, Audi allroad from
model year 2001 onwards
Audi V8, Audi S6,
Audi RS 6

Distance -ain mm

Distance -bin mm

12 22

25 35

24 32

24 32

20 25

48 53

Note

These figures specify the distance between the tip of the wiper
blades and the black cowl panel grille at the bottom edge of the
windscreen.
Tighten securing nuts for wiper arms.
Switch on ignition.
Perform brief wipe and let wiper arms move into final position.
Switch off ignition.
Check setting for wiper arms once more and correct if neces
sary.
Tightening torque
Component

Nm

Wiper blade to wiper shaft

16

6.55.2

Setting angle of wiper blades

Note

Only check the setting angle if the wiper blades judder or make
noises.
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Wiper arm setting tool -3358 A-

Possible causes for juddering wiper blades


Scratches on windscreen.
Rubber on windscreen wiper torn or has come off retaining
clips.

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Windscreen wiper arms/blades loose or bent.
Windscreen wiper blade uneven or covered with wax.
If the faults described are not causing the problem wiper blades
juddering, first check wiper arm setting angle and adjust, if nec
essary, before renewing wiper blades.
Procedure:
Switch on ignition.
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Switch off the ignition
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ignition inkey
from the
lock.

Detach windscreen wiper blade.


Insert wiper arm -2- into windscreen wiper arm setting tool
-3358 A- and secure wiper arm with locking screw -3-.
Compare indicated angle with specification.

Driver side = -9 0

Passenger side = -5 0

If setting angle is not correct:


Position open-end spanner, 24 mm -item 1- at setting tool to
adjust windscreen wiper arm -2- -arrows-.
Slacken locking screw -3- and pull windscreen wiper arm -2out off setting tool.
Once again insert wiper arm -2- into windscreen wiper setting
tool -3358 A- and secure windscreen wiper arm with locking
screw -3-.
Compare indicated angle with specification.
If necessary, repeat setting and checking procedure until set
ting angle meets specification.
Detach setting tool and install wiper blade.

6.56

Sliding/tilting sunroof: cleaning and lu


bricating

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Lubricating paste G 060 751 A2
Krytox lubricating paste G 052 141 A2
Cleaning solution D 009 401 04
Caution

Hold a cloth under the relevant part of the sunroof to protect


the interior from dirt.

Note

Bend brush (commercially available, approx. 15 mm wide) by ap


prox. 40 using workshop equipment.

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Cleaning and lubricating wind deflector seal
Run glass sunroof panel to the rear until wind deflector is com
pletely extended.
Remove grease and dirt from cowl panel seal -arrow- using
cleaning solution D 009 401 04 and a lint-free cloth.
Note

It is not necessary to remove the wind deflector.


Using a paintbrush (commercially available), apply a small
amount of Krytox lubricating paste G 052 141 A2 to rubber lip
at cowl panel -arrow-.

Make sure that no white grease film remains visible after ap


plying lubricant.

Remove surplus Krytox paste from rubber lip with a lint-free


cloth.
Cleaning and lubricating glass panel seal
Tilt open glass sunroof.
Note

With glass sunroof open, first lubricate seal at front, then tilt sun
roof at rear.
Remove grease and dirt from glass panel seal -arrow- using
cleaning solution D 009 401 04 and a lint-free cloth.
Using a paintbrush (commercially available), apply a small
amount of Krytox lubricating paste G 052 141 A2 on glass
panel seal -arrow-.

Make sure that no white grease film remains visible after ap


plying lubricant.

Remove surplus Krytox paste from seal with a lint-free cloth.


Cleaning and lubricating guide rails
Open glass sunroof completely.
Remove grease and dirt from guide rail with a lint-free cloth.
If necessary, use a workshop vacuum cleaner to remove sand
and fine dust from guide rail.

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Apply lubricating paste G 060 751 A2 to inside of guide rail
-arrow- using a paintbrush (commercially available).

Apply lubricating paste G 060 751 A2 to outside of guide rail


-arrow- using a paintbrush (commercially available).

Apply lubricating paste G 060 751 A2 to side guide rail


-arrow- using a paintbrush (commercially available).
Remove surplus lubricant on guide rails with a lint-free cloth.
Repeat procedure on opposite side of vehicle.

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6.57

Lock carrier: pulling to front

For some procedures, the lock carrier does not have to be re


moved. If is sufficient to pull it slightly to front as described below.
Special tools and workshop equipment required
Special tool -3369-

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Drip tray -V.A.G 1306-

6.57.1

Removing
WARNING

Hot steam or hot coolant might escape when opening the cool
ant expansion tank. Put cloth around filler cap and open care
fully.
Open filler cap of coolant expansion tank.
Take off both front wheels.

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Loosen fasteners -1 ... 4- and remove noise insulation.
Remove front bumper: General body repairs, exterior; Rep.
gr. 63 ; Front bumper .

Remove air cowls -1- in front of both charge air coolers.


Place drip tray -V.A.G 1306- under the engine.

Turn drain plug -arrow- on radiator anti-clockwise; attach hose


to hose connection if necessary.

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Loosen quick release fasteners -1- and -2- and pull engine
cover off upwards -arrows-.

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Unscrew bolts -1-.
Loosen hose clips -2-.
Unscrew bolt and nuts -arrows-.
Unplug electrical connectors -3- on both air mass meters and
pull air cleaner housing off upwards.
Detach both air cowls from lock carrier.

Take outpermitted
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Detach upper coolant hose -arrow- from radiator.

Unscrew bolts -arrows- (left and right).

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Unplug electrical connector -arrow- for headlights on both
sides.
Remove both headlights:

Unscrew the two bolts on top -1- and another one bolt at bot
tom of headlight.
Note

Use a 1/4" TORX socket with extension for the bottom bolt -3-.
Swing the headlight to the centre and remove from body from
the front.

Screw in special tool -3369- into openings at left and right.


Unscrew bolts from impact damper -arrows- (left and right).
Pull lock carrier carefully to front.

6.57.2

Installing

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Installation is performed in reverse sequence; note the following:


Note

Secure all hose connections with genuine hose clips: Parts


catalogue
Install lock carrier with attachments General body repairs,
exterior; Rep. gr. 50 ; Body - front .
Install headlights: Electrical system; Rep. gr. 94 ; Servicing
headlights .
Install front bumper: General body repairs, exterior; Rep.
gr. 63 ; Front bumper .
Renew seals for air mass meter prior to fitting air cleaner.
Install air cleaner. Motronic injection and ignition system;
Rep. gr. 24 ; Servicing Motronic injection system .

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Fill up coolant. 8-cylinder engine (turbocharged), mechan
ics; Rep. gr. 19 ; Cooling system .
Adjusting headlights page 123

6.58

Manual gearbox: checking oil level, top


ping up with oil if necessary

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Special tool -3357- or

Hexagon key 17 mm
Note
To check the gear oil the vehicle must be standing absolutely

level. This work is best performed over an inspection pit or


using a 4 -column lifting platform.

The oil filler


plug is located on the left side of the gearbox,
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Depending on the version fitted, use either special tool -3357-

or a 17 mm hexagon key to loosen the oil filler plug.

Manual gearbox 01E, four-wheel drive:


Remove oil filler plug -arrow-.
Checking oil level; specification:

Manual gearbox 012, front-wheel drive: oil level 7 mm below


oil filler hole

Manual gearbox 01E, front-wheel drive: oil level to bottom


edge of oil filler hole

Manual gearbox 01A, four-wheel drive: oil level to bottom edge


of oil filler hole

6-speed manual gearbox 01E, four-wheel drive


Note

The prescribed oil level must be adhered to exactly; the gearbox


reacts very sensitively to overfilling.

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Remove oil filler plug -B- (in front of flange shaft) to check gear
oil level.
Check oil level using a self-made tool, e.g. a piece of angled
wire.
Specification: oil level 1 mm below bottom edge of oil filler hole
(tolerance: 1 mm)
Note
If the oil level is below the range specified, the gearbox must

be checked for leaks (repair measure). It is then not sufficient


to merely top up the oil.

If you do not find any leaks on the gearbox, top up with gear

oil SAE 75W90 (synthetic oil) -G 052 911 A- .

All models:
Tighten oil filler plug.
Tightening torques for screw plug

Nm

Manual gearbox 012, front-wheel drive


Manual gearbox 01E, front-wheel drive
Manual gearbox 01E, four-wheel drive
Manual gearbox 01A, four-wheel drive

25
40
40
25

6.59

Headlights: checking settings and ad


justing if necessary

The following checking and adjustment procedures apply to all


countries. However, national legislation and guidelines for indi
vidual countries must be adhered to.
Requirements for checking and adjusting:
The headlight adjustment on the A6 Allroad is performed in the
standard mode of the self-leveling suspension.
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Lenses not damaged or dirty.


Reflectors and bulbs OK.
Vehicle correctly loaded.

Loading: With one person or 75 kg on the driver's seat and the


vehicle otherwise unloaded (unladen weight).
The unladen weight is the weight of the vehicle ready for operation
with full fuel tank (at least 90 %) including the weight of all equip
ment normally carried (e.g. spare wheel, tools, jack, fire extin
guisher, etc.).
If the fuel tank is not at least 90% full put in additional weight as
follows:
Read fuel level in fuel tank from the fuel gauge. Calculate ad
ditional weight according to the following table and place
weight into boot.

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Capacity table
Fuel level on fuel 4-cylinder/6-cylinder
gauge
engines
Additional weight in
kg
1/4
1/2
3/4
full

8-cyl. engines
Additional weight in
kg

50
35
15
0

60
40
20
0

Example: 8-cyl. engine


When the fuel tank is half full an additional weight of 40 kg must
be placed in the luggage compartment.
Note

As an additional weight it is best to use a fuel canister filled with


water (a 5 litre fuel canister filled with water weighs approx. 5 kg).
Roll vehicle several metres or depress front and rear springs fully
several times so that springs settle correctly.

Vehicle and headlight adjuster must be on a level surface


Headlight adjuster operating instructions .

Vehicle and headlight adjuster must be aligned.


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Dip setting must be adjusted.

A % value is marked on top of headlight. This indicates the dip


setting that the headlights must be adjusted to. Percentage infor
mation on sticker is based on a projection distance of 10 metres.
At a dip setting of, for example, 1.0% (for vehicles with headlight
range control), this converts to 10 cm.

6.59.1

Adjusting halogen headlights

Checking headlight setting (with new test screen without 15 set


ting line)
Check the following:

The knurled wheel for headlight range control must be in po


sition -0-.

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Headlights:
With the dipped beam switched on, check whether the hori
zontal light-dark border contacts the setting line -1- on the test
screen.
The break-away point -2- between the horizontal section of the
light-dark border on the left and the rising section on the right
should coincide with the vertical line running through the cen
tral point -3-. The bright spot in the centre of the beam should
be to the right of the vertical line.

Note
To make it easier to find break-away point -2-, cover and un

cover left half of headlight (as seen in direction of travel) a few


times. Then check dipped beam again.

If dipped beams have been adjusted correctly the centre point

of the main beam should lie on central point -3-.

Checking headlight adjustment (with 15setting line)


If using an old test screen with a 15 setting line, the adjustment
procedure is the same as for the new test screen. To avoid in
correct settings, ignore the 15 setting line.
Adjusting headlights
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Adjuster screws on left headlight


1-

Adjuster screw for lateral setting

2-

Height adjuster screw

Use a cross-head screwdriver or hexagon key to reset adjuster


screw accordingly.
Note

On the right headlight, the adjuster screws are in a symmetrically


opposite position.

6.59.2

Adjusting gas discharge headlights

Note the requirements for checking and adjusting


page 123 .

Connect -V.A.G 1551- page 36 .


Switch on ignition.

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Switch on dipped headlights.
Indicated on display 20):

V.A.G - SELF-DIAGNOSIS
1 - Rapid data transfer

HELP

V.A.G - SELF-DIAGNOSIS
2 - Flash code output

HELP

Rapid data transfer


Enter address word XX

HELP

20) Appears alternately

Enter 1 for Rapid data transfer.


Indicated on display:

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Enter 55 to select the addresswith
word
Headlight
range
control

and confirm entry with Q key.

Indicated on display:

4B0907357 HEADLIGHT RANGE CTRL X009 >


Code 00005
WSC 02389

Press key.
Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Enter 02 for function Interrogate fault memory and confirm


with Q key.
Indicated on display:

No fault recognised!

Press key.
or
Indicated on display:

X faults recognised!

When the printer is switched on, the stored faults are displayed
and printed one after the other.
The faults must be eliminated once the last fault has been dis
played and printed.
Press key.
Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Enter 05 for function Erase fault memory and confirm with


Q key.
Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Fault memory is erased!

->

Press key.
Indicated on display:

Rapid data transfer


Select function XX

HELP

Enter 04 for the function Start basic setting and confirm with
the Q key.
Indicated on display:

Basic setting
Input display group number XXX

Enter 001 to select Display group number 001 and confirm


entry with Q key.
Indicated on display:
The headlights are moved into the setting position.

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System in basic setting


Waiting

1 ->

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Indicated on display:

System in basic setting


Set headlight

1 ->

Note

The headlights are now in the setting position. Adjust the head
lights. Basic setting function 1 switches off automatic range con
trol and fault Headlights not set will be stored in fault memory.
Adjust setting using a suitable screwdriver (do not damage
adjuster wheel) or hexagon key.
1-

Adjuster screw for lateral setting

2-

Height adjuster screw


Note

The illustration shows the left headlight. On the right headlight,


the adjuster screws are in a symmetrically opposite position.
Press key.
Indicated on display:
Rapid data transfer
Enter address word XX

HELP

Enter 04 for the function Start basic setting and confirm with
the Q key.
Indicated on display:
Basic setting
Input display group number XXX

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Enter 002 to select Display group number 002 and confirm


entry with Q key.
Indicated on display:
System in basic setting
Ctrl pos. learnt

2 ->

Note

The control unit has now "learnt" this position as reference posi
tion. The fault Headlights not set in the fault memory will be
erased and the automatic range control function will be restored.
Press key.
Indicated on display:
Rapid data transfer
Select function XX

HELP

Enter 06 to select End data transfer and confirm entry with


Q key.

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6.59.3

Adjusting fog lights

Dip setting:
Fog lights 20 cm
Check whether the upper light-dark border touches the setting
line horizontally over the complete width of the test screen.

Pull cover panels -arrow- off lower part of bumper.

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Turn the adjuster screw -arrow- anti-clockwise to reduce the


range. Lateral adjustment is not possible.
Note

The illustration shows the right fog light. On the left fog light, the
adjuster screw is in a symmetrically opposite position.

6.59.4

Other additional lights

Additional lights from other systems which have been retrofitted


must be checked and adjusted according to the applicable guide
lines.

6.60

Door hinges with arresters, lock cylinder


and bonnet arrester hook: lubricating
Note

The vehicle must be at least at room temperature.


Operate moving parts several times so that the lubricant is

able to penetrate.

Remove surplus lubricant with a lint-free cloth.

6.60.1

Door hinges with arresters: lubricating

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Universal spray oil -G 000 115 A2-

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Lubricate door arrester with universal spray oil G 000 115 A2
at points marked with -arrows-.

Lubricate all door hinges with universal spray oil G 000 115
A2 at points marked with -arrows-.

6.60.2

Lock cylinder: lubricating

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Lock cylinder lubricant spray -G 052 778 A2 Lubricate lock cylinders with
spray-on
grease
G private
052 778
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6.60.3

Bonnet arrester hook: lubricating

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Universal spray oil -G 000 115 A2-

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Lubricate bonnet arrester with universal oil G 000 115 A2 at
moving friction points -arrows-.

6.61

Transport locks: removing

Some models are supplied with transport locks fitted on the front
suspension struts. These vehicles are identified by a tag fixed to
the mirror -arrow-.
Relieve the load on the coil springs (e.g. by raising vehicle on
a lifting platform).
Note

It is not necessary to remove the wheels.

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Pull auxiliary spring -2- downwards.


Remove locking elements -1- from the suspension struts (two
on each suspension strut).
Push auxiliary spring -2- upwards and engage in spring plate.

6.62

Telematics: renewing emergency back


up battery
Note

On vehicles with telematics system the emergency backup bat


tery should be renewed every four years.
The telematics control unit is located in electronics box in right
footwell (under floor covering on passenger's side).
Remove trim on A pillar, lift floor covering: General body
repairs, interior; Rep. gr. 70 ; Trim, insulation
Activate service mode Activating service mode; Rep. gr.
91 ; Infotainment .
Removing and installing emergency battery, telematics -A16 Removing and installing emergency battery, telematics A16-; Rep. gr. 91 ; Infotainment

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6.63

Underseal: visual check for damage

When performing visual check, check underbody, wheel hous


ings and side members.
Note

Any faults found must be rectified (repair measure).

6.64

Steps required before disconnecting


battery
WARNING

Activate the service mode on the telematics control unit before


disconnecting the battery.
Vehicle diagnostic tester
Note

Obtain the anti-theft code for the radio/navigation unit before


disconnecting the battery.

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When reconnecting the battery, please ensure that the vehicle

equipment (radio/navigation system, clock, electric windows,


engine) is activated as described in the Owner's Manual/ Op
erating Manual. Also remember to deactivate the service
mode on the telematics control unit vehicle diagnosis, test
ing and information system VAS 5051; Guided Fault Finding;
Adaption; Telephone/telematics .

6.65

Hoses for charge air cooler: cleaning

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Torque wrench -V.A.G 1331-

Removing noise insulation page 38 .


Place a drip tray under air intake hose of left charge air cooler
to catch escaping condensation fluid.

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Remove air intake hose (bottom) -arrows-.
Up to 100 ml condensation fluid might escape.
Clean inside and outside of all hoses and connections thor
oughly with a rubber-compatible degreasing agent.
Re-install air intake hose.
Perform the same work steps on the right charge air cooler.
Note

Secure all hose connections with genuine hose clips: Parts


catalogue

Hose connections and charge air system hoses must be free


of oil and grease prior to fitting. DO NOT use lubricant.

Tightening torque
Component

Nm

Hose clips for air intake hoses

6.66

Plenum chamber: checking and clean


ing water drain
Note

Accumulated debris in the plenum chamber (leaves or conifer


needles, etc.) can prevent the water from draining properly. As a
result, the water level in the plenum chamber can rise (e.g. in a
car wash or heavy rain) and water can enter the interior via the
grommets or the fresh air intake chamber.
Remove plenum chamber cover page 133 .
Checking water drain on driver's side
Carry out a visual inspection of plenum chamber and water
drains for dirt (e.g. leaves) and clean if necessary.
Cleaning plenum chamber and water drain grommets
Note

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The cleaning procedure, as well as the removal procedures re


quired, are a repair measure and should be invoiced separately.
Remove coarse dirt from plenum chamber and water drain
grommets with a flexible picking tool (commercially available).
Remove fine dirt using a thin water hose or a suction-feed
spray gun V.A.G 1538 and a flexible nylon probe V.A.G
1538/2.

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6.67

Plenum chamber cover: removing

Remove rubber seal -arrow- in direction of travel.


Remove plenum chamber cover -1- in direction of travel.
Note

Make sure that plenum chamber cover is securely fitted into water
trap below windscreen to prevent water from entering the pollen
filter and the heating.

6.68

Winter tyres (factory-fitted)

On vehicles supplied from the factory with winter tyres, check the
inflation pressures as part of the Delivery Inspection.
The warning sticker indicating the maximum permissible speed
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6.69

Toothed belt for camshaft drive: check


ing (4-cyl. TDI engines up to chassis
number 4BYN 002 887)

Checking for damage and measuring belt width


Release the two tensioning clips at the top of the toothed belt
cover and upper edge of cover forwards.
Check condition of toothed belt for:
Cracks, cross-sectional fractures
Layer separation (toothed belt body, cord strands)
Break-up on toothed belt body
Fraying of cord strands
Surface cracks (synthetic coating)
Traces of oil and grease
WARNING

Any faults found must be rectified (repair measure).


Measure toothed belt width -a-.
Wear limit = 22 mm
WARNING

If width of toothed belt is less than 22 mm it is essential that


you renew the toothed belt (repair measure).

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6.70

Spark plugs: renewing

Special tools and workshop equipment required


Spark plug socket and extension -3122 B-

Puller for pencil-type ignition coils -T40039-

WARNING

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Position puller -T40039- on thick rib at the top of pencil-type


ignition coils -arrow- and then pull ignition coils off spark plugs.
Do not apply puller to lower ribs, as these could be damaged.

6.70.1

Vehicles with 4-cylinder naturally aspi


rated engines

Switch off ignition.


Remove engine cover panel page 60 .

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With ignition switched off, unscrew/unclip connector and earth
wire on ignition coil with output stage -arrows-.
Remove spark plugs using spark plug socket -3122 B- .
Fit spark plugs and ignition coil with output stage.
Tightening torques

Nm

Spark plugs in cylinder head

30

Check that ignition cables and spark plug connectors are cor
rectly seated.
Note
Spark plug designation Data sheets for exhaust emissions

test

Observe disposal regulations.

6.70.2

Vehicles with 4-cylinder turbocharged


engines

Switch off ignition.


Remove engine cover panel page 60 .
Lift retaining clips for ignition coil connectors and unplug con
nectors.
Unscrew and remove the ignition coils -arrows-.
Remove spark plugs using spark plug socket -3122B- .
Install new spark plugs using spark plug socket.
Tightening torques

Nm

Spark plugs in cylinder head

30

Install ignition coils. Renew seals if damaged.


Note
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Spark plug designation Data sheets for exhaust emissions

test

Observe disposal regulations.

6.70.3

Vehicles with V6 engines

Vehicles with 3.0 ltr. V6 engines page 137


Switch off ignition.
Remove engine cover panel page 60 .
In order to unscrew rear left spark plug, remove coolant ex
pansion tank with hoses still connected.

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Pull off spark plug connectors -arrows-.
Remove spark plugs using spark plug socket -3122B- .
Install new spark plugs using spark plug socket and extension .
Tightening torques

Nm

Spark plugs in cylinder head

30

Fit spark plug connectors.


Check that ignition cables and spark plug connectors are cor
rectly seated.
Note
Spark plug designation Data sheets for exhaust emissions

test

Observe disposal regulations.


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6.70.4

Vehicles with V6 engines (biturbo)

Switch off ignition.


Remove engine cover panel page 60 .
Cylinder bank (right-side)
Remove upper section of air cleaner page 57 .
Loosen hose clip -1- and bolt -2-.
Detach connectors from ignition coils.
Unscrew and remove the ignition coils.
Remove spark plugs using spark plug socket -3122 B- .
Install new spark plugs.
Install ignition coils. Renew seals if damaged.
Tightening torques

Nm

Spark plugs in cylinder head


Ignition coils to cylinder head cover

30
10

Cylinder bank (left-side)


Remove coolant expansion tank with hoses connected.
Loosen hose clip -1- and bolt -2-.
Detach connectors from ignition coils.
Unscrew and remove the ignition coils.
Remove spark plugs using spark plug socket -3122 B- .
Install new spark plugs.
Install ignition coils. Renew seals if damaged.
Tightening torques

Nm

Spark plugs in cylinder head


Ignition coils to cylinder head cover

30
10

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6.70.5

Vehicles with 3.0 ltr. V6 engines

Switch off ignition.


Remove engine cover panel page 60 .
Cylinder bank (right-side)
Remove upper section of air cleaner page 57 .
Remove both bolts -1-.
Push connector -2- towards pencil-type ignition coil, press
catch down by hand and pull off connector.
Use puller -T40039- to detach pencil-type ignition coils -3from spark plugs.
Remove spark plugs using spark plug socket -3122 B- .
Install new spark plugs.
Tightening torques

Nm

Spark plugs in cylinder head

30

Note

Press pencil-type ignition coils into the openings provided on the


cylinder head cover by hand.
Cylinder bank (left-side)
Remove coolant expansion tank -arrow-.
Tie coolant expansion tank to one side with coolant hoses
-1...3- attached.

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Remove both bolts -1-.
Push connector -2- towards pencil-type ignition coil, press
catch down by hand and pull off connector.
Use puller -T40039- to detach pencil-type ignition coils -3from spark plugs.
Remove spark plugs using spark plug socket -3122 B- .
Install new spark plugs.
Tightening torques

Nm

Spark plugs in cylinder head

30

Both sides:
Note
Press pencil-type ignition coils into the openings provided on

the cylinder head cover by hand.

Spark plug designation Data sheets for exhaust emissions

test

Observe disposal regulations.

6.70.6

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Switch off ignition.

Remove engine cover panel page 60 .


Cylinder bank (left-side)
With ignition switched off, detach connectors -1- from ignition
coils.
Loosen bolts -2- and remove bracket.
Loosen and remove bolts -3- on the four ignition coils.
Remove spark plugs using spark plug socket -3122B- .
Install new spark plugs using spark plug socket and extension .
Install ignition coils. Renew seals if damaged.
Tightening torques

Nm

Spark plugs in cylinder head


Ignition coils to cylinder head cover

30
10

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Cylinder bank (right-side)
With ignition switched off, detach connectors -1- from ignition
coils.
Loosen bolts -2- and remove bracket.
Loosen and remove bolts -3- on the four ignition coils.
Remove spark plugs using spark plug socket -3122B- .
Install new spark plugs using spark plug socket and extension .
Install ignition coils. Renew seals if damaged.
Tightening torques

Nm

Spark plugs in cylinder head


Ignition coils to cylinder head cover

30
10

Both sides:
Note
Spark plug designation Data sheets for exhaust emissions

test

Observe disposal regulations.

6.70.7

Vehicles with V8 engines (biturbo RS 6)

Switch off ignition.


Loosen quick release fasteners -1- and -2- and pull engine
cover off upwards -arrows-.

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Unscrew bolts -1-.
Loosen hose clips -2-.
Unscrew bolt and nuts -arrows-.
Unplug electrical connectors -3- on both air mass meters and
pull air cleaner housing off upwards.

Disconnect electrical connectors on both sides from:


Injectors (8x) -1Ignition coils (8x) -2 Remove ignition coils.
Remove spark plugs using spark plug socket -3122B- .
Fit spark plugs and ignition coils.
Tightening torques

Nm

Spark plugs in cylinder head


Ignition coils to cylinder head cover

30
10

Connect electrical connectors.


Renew seals for air mass meter prior to fitting air cleaner.
Install air cleaner housing Motronic injection and ignition
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housing
.
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Note
Spark plug designation Data sheets for exhaust emissions

test

Observe disposal regulations.

6.71

Toothed belt: checking (2.5 ltr. TDI en


gines)

6.71.1

Checking toothed belt for camshaft drive

Remove top cover of toothed belt.


Check condition of toothed belt for:
Cracks, cross-sectional fractures
Layer separation (toothed belt body, cord strands)

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Break-up on toothed belt body
Fraying of cord strands
Surface cracks (synthetic coating)
Traces of oil and grease
WARNING

Any faults found must be rectified (repair measure).

6.71.2

Checking toothed belt for injection pump

Remove top cover of toothed belt.


Check condition of toothed belt for:
Cracks, cross-sectional fractures
Layer separation (toothed belt body, cord strands)
Break-up on toothed belt body
Fraying of cord strands
Surface cracks (synthetic coating)
Traces of oil and grease
Check tension of toothed belt for injection pump.

The markings -1- and -2- must align.


WARNING

Any faults found must be rectified (repair measure).

6.72

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Toothed belt for camshaft drive: renew


ing

Fill in sticker for toothed belt renewal on lock carrier after


renewing toothed belt; if necessary, attach a new sticker.

6.72.1

Vehicles with 4-cylinder petrol engine

4-cylinder engine (5-valve), mechanics; Rep. gr. 13 ; Disman


tling and assembling engine .

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6.72.2

Vehicles with 4-cylinder petrol engine


(turbocharged)

4-cylinder engine (5-valve; turbocharged), mechanics; Rep.


gr. 13 ; Dismantling and assembling engine .

6.72.3

Vehicles with 6-cylinder petrol engine


(2.4 ltr. and 2.8 ltr.)

6-cylinder engine (5-valve), mechanics; Rep. gr. 13 ; Servicing


belt drive .

6.72.4

Vehicles with 6-cylinder petrol engine


(3.0 ltr.)

6-cylinder engine (5-valve), mechanics; Rep. gr. 13 ; Disman


tling and assembling engine .

6.72.5

Vehicles with 6-cylinder petrol engine


(turbocharged)

6-cylinder engine (5-valve turbocharged), mechanics; Rep. gr.


13 ; Belt drive .

6.72.6

Vehicles with 8-cylinder petrol engine

8-cylinder engine, mechanics; Rep. gr. 13 ; Dismantling and


assembling engine .

6.72.7

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(biturbo RS 6)

8-cylinder engine (turbocharged), mechanics; Rep. gr. 13 ;


Dismantling and assembling engine .

6.72.8

Vehicles with 4-cylinder TDI engine

4-cylinder diesel direct injection engine (TDI), mechanics; Rep.


gr. 13 ; Dismantling and assembling engine .
Dynamic check and adjustment of commencement of injec
tion: Diesel direct injection and glow plug system (TDI 4cyl.); Rep. gr. 23 ; Servicing diesel direct injection system .

6.72.9

Vehicles with 4-cylinder TDI unit injector


engine

4-cylinder diesel direct injection engine (TDI), mechanics; Rep.


gr. 13 ; Dismantling and assembling engine .

6.72.10

Vehicles with 6-cylinder TDI engine:

Removing and installing toothed belt for camshaft and toothed


belt for injection pump: 6-cyl. diesel direct injection (TDI),
mechanics; Rep. gr. 13 ; Servicing belt drive .
Dynamic check and adjustment of commencement of injec
tion: TDI direct injection and glow plug system (6-cyl.); Rep.
gr. 23 ; Servicing diesel direct injection system .

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Type plate, vehicle identification number

Vehicle data sticker


A - Type plate
- The type plate is located on the bulkhead.
- Vehicles for certain export countries have no type plate.
B - Vehicle identification number
- Is stamped on rear bulkhead of engine compartment.
Information encoded in vehicle identification number:
WAU

ZZZ

4B

000 001

Manufactur
er's
mark

Filler charac
ters

Type

Filler charac
ters

Model year
2000

Manufactur
ing location

Serial
number

Vehicle data sticker


The vehicle data sticker is located in the Service Schedule for the
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The sticker contains the following vehicle data:
1-

Vehicle identification number

2-

Model identification code/ production control number

3-

Model code

4-

Engine output/ emissions standard/ gearbox

5-

Engine and gearbox code letters

6-

Paint number/interior equipment identification number

7-

Identification numbers for optional extras

8-

Unladen weight/consumption/CO2 emission

Engine code and engine number


Note

The Engine code letters are also found on the vehicle data stick
er. The data sticker is located in the Service Schedule for the
customer and at the rear of the vehicle in the spare wheel well or
on the luggage compartment floor.

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4-cylinder petrol engine:
The engine number (engine code letters and serial number) is
located on the left side of the cylinder block.

6-cylinder petrol engine:


The engine number (engine code letters and serial number) is
stamped onto the right inner side of the cylinder block between
cylinder head and hydraulic pump.

8-cylinder petrol engine:


The engine number (engine code letters and serial number) is
stamped onto the left side of the cylinder block -arrow-.
There is also a sticker with engine code and serial number
attached to the toothed belt cover.

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4-cylinder diesel engine:


The engine number (engine code letters and serial number) is
located on the cylinder block between injection pump and vacuum
pump -arrow-.

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6-cylinder diesel engine:
The engine number (engine code letters and serial number) is
stamped onto the right inner side of the cylinder block between
cylinder head and injection pump -arrow-.

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Lifting the vehicle

Select jacking-up mode before raising an Audi allroad quattro.


See Owner`s Manual
WARNING

To avoid damaging the vehicle floor and to prevent the


vehicle from tipping, the vehicle should only be lifted at the
points shown in the illustration.
Never start engine and engage gear with vehicle lifted, so
long as even one driven wheel has contact with the floor.
There is a risk of accident if this is not observed.
If work is to be performed under the vehicle, it must be
securely supported by suitable stands.
Trolley jack:
Always use suitable rubber or wooden blocks to avoid damage.
On no account should vehicle be lifted at engine sump, gearbox
or on front or rear axle, as this may cause serious damage.
Vehicle may only be lifted with a trolley jack at points indicated for
use with lifting platform.
Before driving on to a lifting platform ensure there is sufficient
clearance between low-lying vehicle components and lifting plat
form.
Lifting points for lifting platform and trolley jack
Front:
by level
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WARNING

On no account must front of vehicle be raised on vertical rein


forcement of side member.
Rear

On vertical reinforcement of side member -arrow- level with the


marking for the vehicle jack.

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Attach tow rope or tow bar only to the following eyes:


Front towing eye
Pull cover panel -arrow- off lower part of bumper (right side).

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Take towing eye out of vehicle tool kit.


Screw in towing eye -arrow- as far as it will go and tighten it
with wheel bolt spanner.
Note

After use remember to unscrew towing eye and replace it in ve


hicle tool kit. The towing eye must always be carried in the vehicle.
Rear towing eye

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The rear towing eye -2- is located below the rear bumper (right
side).
Fold upper edge of cover -1- inwards.
Note
The tow-rope should be slightly elastic to reduce the risk of

damage to both vehicles. It is advisable to only use synthetic


fibre ropes or ropes of similar elastic material. However, it is
safer to use a tow bar.

Always avoid excessive towing forces and do not jerk. During

towing operations on unsurfaced roads there is always a dan


ger that the attachment parts will be over-stressed and dam
aged.

The battery from another vehicle should be used for starting if

possible before trying to start engine by towing.

Instructions for towing


Note
If the vehicle has to be towed or tow-started, please note the

following points:

Legal regulations concerning towing must be observed.


Both drivers must be familiar with towing procedures. Inex

perienced drivers should not attempt to tow-start or tow.

When using a tow rope, the driver of the towing vehicle must

engage the clutch very gently when moving off and changing
gear.

The driver of the vehicle being towed must ensure that the tow-

rope is always taut.

Both vehicles must switch on their hazard warning lights, un

less otherwise specified by local regulations.

The ignition must be switched on so that the steering wheel is

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Because the brake servo only works when the engine is run

ning, considerably more pressure is required on the brake


pedal when the engine is not running.

As power-assisted steering does not work when the engine is

not running, more force is required to turn the steering wheel


when the engine is off.

If there is no lubricant in the manual or automatic gearbox, the

vehicle must be towed with the driven wheels raised off the
ground.

Towing vehicles with manual gearbox


When tow-starting vehicles with manual gearbox, please note the
following points:
Before moving off, engage 2nd or 3rd gear, press clutch pedal
and hold.
Switch on ignition.
When both vehicles are moving, release clutch pedal.

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As soon as the engine starts, depress clutch and move gear
lever to neutral to avoid running into the towing vehicle.
Note
Vehicles with a catalytic converter (petrol engines only) must

not be tow-started over a distance of more than 50 m if the


catalytic converter has already reached operating tempera
ture. Otherwise, unburnt fuel may enter the catalytic converter
and cause damage.

For technical reasons, it is not possible to tow-start a vehicle

with an automatic gearbox.

Towing vehicles with front-wheel drive and automatic gearbox


When towing a vehicle with front-wheel drive and automatic gear
box the following points must also be noted:
Selector lever must be in position N.
Do not tow vehicle at a speed of more than 50 km/h.
The maximum towing distance is 50 kilometres.
If towing over greater distances, the vehicle must be lifted at
the front.
Reason: When the engine is not turning the gearbox oil pump will
not work - the gearbox will therefore not be adequately lubricated
for higher speeds or longer distances.
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ed with the front
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Reason: If vehicle is towed when raised at rear, the drive shafts


will turn backwards. As a result, the planetary gears in the auto
matic gearbox will then turn at such high speeds that the gearbox
will be severely damaged in a short time.
Towing vehicles with four-wheel drive and manual gearbox
When towing a vehicle with four-wheel drive and manual gearbox
the following points must also be noted:
When using a breakdown vehicle, the vehicle being towed can be
suspended (either at front or rear).
Do not tow vehicle at a speed of more than 50 km/h.
The maximum towing distance is 50 kilometres.
Note

If it is not possible to tow the vehicle normally, it must be trans


ported by a special transporter or trailer. This also applies to
distances greater than 50 kilometres.
Towing vehicles with four-wheel drive and automatic gearbox
When towing a vehicle with four-wheel drive and automatic gear
box the following points must also be noted:
Selector lever must be in position N.
Do not tow vehicle at a speed of more than 50 km/h.
The maximum towing distance is 50 kilometres.
When using a breakdown vehicle, the vehicle being towed must
not be suspended (either at front or rear).

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Note

If it is not possible to tow the vehicle normally, it must be trans


ported by a special transporter or trailer.

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Vehicle tests carried out as part of in


spection services and maintenance

We recommend using the dialogue receipt and inspection unit


VAS 5000 and the performance test stand V.A.G 1858 for the
vehicle tests.
Brake test
For information on carrying out brake tests of front-wheel drive
and four-wheel drive vehicles refer to the appropriate "Brake sys
tem" Workshop Manual.
Performance test
Please carry out the performance tests on the performance test
stands recommended by Audi. These performance test stands
take into account the corrective figures for automatic gearbox and
four-wheel drive. Vehicles with four-wheel drive must only be tes
ted on a four-wheel performance test stand. The four-wheel per
formance test stand V.A.G 1858 has adjustable roller sets to be
able to test vehicles with a different wheelbase.
Speedometer test
During the speedometer test the vehicle is driven by its own
wheels. Vehicles with four-wheel drive must only be tested on a
four-wheel test stand.
Shock absorber test
For information on shock absorber tests refer to the appropriate
Workshop Manual on "Running gear".

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