How To Put An Audi A4 Into Service Position 1996-2001 B5 Models
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Always read the factory service manual safety instructions and guidelines. Always wear safety glasses and other safety items when performing the following repair.
NOTE: Images used are from a 1997 Audi A4 1.8T. However, the instructions are also applicable to Audi A4 models with 2.8L 30 valve engines.
How To Step 1
Elevate vehicle on an automotive lift or jack stands, using proper lift points as outlined in the owners manual. Remove the lower splash pan.
How To Step 2
If your car is equipped with fog lights, you must unplug the lower fog lights. Remove the lower bumper grilles to access the electrical plugs through the openings. If your vehicle does not have fog lights, just remove the lower bumper grilles.
How To Step 3
Pinch off the vehicle side of the headlamp washer hose and push down on the plastic latch clip to separate the connector. This hose is located on the driver side of the vehicle just behind the bumper cover. (Be careful not to break or destroy the clip as it will need to be reused)
How To Step 4
Locate and remove the (2) fasteners from inner fender liner in front of each tire (one fastener on each side of vehicle).
How To Step 5
Locate and remove (2) fasteners located in the top of each bumper grille opening (one fastener on each side of vehicle).
How To Step 6
To slide the bumper cover out and off, push straight down on the bumper cover between the fender and bumper cover seam just behind the headlight. At the same time while pushing down, place your second hand near the wheel well area, pull out. The top of the bumper cover should pop out of the bracket. Then grab the lower side of the bumper and pull upward and out to pop the bumper cover out of the lower side of the bracket. Apply this step on both sides of the bumper cover.
How To Step 7
Locate and remove the (2) fasteners that hold the air box intake to the radiator valance. Pull upward on the duct closest to the air box and then remove the duct.
How To Step 8
Remove the engine bay seal that runs across vehicle from fender to fender along the front side of the engine bay.
How To Step 9
Remove the upper and outermost fasteners located near the bumper shock brackets and then thread tool 3369 into those same threaded holes. When tool 3369 is in place on each side of the vehicle, remove the remaining fasteners from brackets.
How To Step 10
Locate and remove the (4) upper radiator valance fasteners located at the forward fender edge on each side of vehicle.
How To Step 11
Locate and remove the (2) fasteners holding the lower front edge of fender to the radiator valance. These fasteners are located just under the headlamp on each side of the vehicle.
How To Step 12
Locate and remove the (2) fasteners that hold the power steering cooler tube in place. This cooler is located directly in front of the radiator, A/C condenser. Let cooler tube hang free, ensuring it does not get damaged.
How To Step 13
Locate the radiator drain screw at the lower front driver side of the radiator. Drain the coolant from the system into a suitable drain pan.
How To Step 14
Please Note: Be careful here. Don't get too rough during hose removal. The radiator end caps and nipples are made out of plastic and can be fragile.
Remove both the upper and lower radiator hoses by gently prying with a screwdriver on the removal clip found integrated into the hose. Then, gently pull the hose outward, away from the radiator, allowing the internal o-ring / seal and hose to detatch from the radiator. Do not pry or pull in a vertical direction, as this will break or crack the plasic caps or nipples of the radiator.
How To Step 15
If the vehicle has a 1.8L turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, you will need to remove the lower intercooler hoses that connect to the crossover
pipe. If the vehicle has the 2.8L 6 cylinder engine skip this step.
How To Step 16
Slide the entire front radiator and support assembly forward along the previously installed special tool 3369.
Service BulletinsImportant Repair Information.
Please read the
following bulletins BEFORE beginning timing belt service.
- Subject: How to prevent premature water pump failure? Proper cooling system service procedures.
- Subject: How to prevent inadvertent damage to the pulley key? Proper front crankshaft timing belt pulley removal.
- Subject: How to prevent irreversible damage to the hydraulic tensioner damper? Proper hydraulic tensioner damper installation.
QuestionsDo you have a specific question regarding 2.8L Audi A4 front bumper removal or how to put into service position?
Troubleshooting GuideCommon installation problems.
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