November 2013 19:38
A week ago I decided it would be a great idea to run the front passenger rim into a gutter.
Needless to say I wasn't overly happy with myself.
I emailed the guys at Alloy Doctor - http://www.alloydoctor.com.au/ and was had a quote back within an hour. $190 to get it fixed.
Mobile service, friendly guys and it was all over in a coulple of hours. I'm very happy with their work.
November 2013 19:28
Took the RS6 back down to Harding Performance on the 11th to have a look at the ECU/TCU communication issues.
Plugging their VCDS into the car revealed codes which it's never had before -
01119 - Gear Recognition Signal
35-10 - Intermittent
01315 - Transmission Control Module
49-10 - No Communications - Intermittent
Report back from HP was that they "removed the trans ECU and inspected the loom and connector and all was fine. They also double checked the solder connections and there we no visible signs of a bridge or a dry joint. Ran over the connections again with the soldering iron and ensured they were all ok. Reinstalled into the car and test drove without any problems."
It's been back on the road for a week or so now and it has not kicked any of the fault codes. Here's hoping that it's fixed.
November 2013 13:27
Since getting the RS6 chipped I have been having problems with the transmission slipping / not fully engaging properly while under half to full acceleration.
I scanned the car this morning and found this - 18034.P1626 Data-bus powertrain: missing message from transmission control.
Theory at the moment is that the ECU and TCU aren't communicating properly and when accelerating the torque converter isn't locking.
October 2013 18:46
APR are currently running a 15% off sale which I decided to take advantage of.
The guys down at Harding Performance hooked me up with an ECU / TCU chip and tune.
The numbers from this page are quoting 390kw and 730nm of torque. I'm rather dubious of these numbers but we wont know until I get it on the dyno again. The car however does feel a lot better. There is defiantly a lot more toque being produced.
The chip comes with 4 pre-configured tunes to select from: stock, 95 octane , 98 octane, and valet mode.
Total cost with the 15% discount was $2885.00
October 2013 18:04
It's time to say goodbye to the APR cat back exhaust. It's been fun but it just wasn't worth it. The stock exhaust system has been put back on for the time being.
The removed and disassembled APR exhaust,
The stock RS6 exhaust before the refit,
And then this, because, why not,
And that concludes the APR exhaust trial. You can check out the initial system install and rev up comparisons here, the dyno and power comparisons here.
September 2013 06:16
The RS6 hit the 140,000 Kilometer mark today. Funnily enough, today also marks my 19th month of ownership. I'm actually suprisped I have racked up 30,000 Kilometers considering all the time the the RS6 has spent in the workshop.
September 2013 09:47
Oil leak has been fixed. There doesn't appear to be a sump gasket for the RS6, They use a silicone sealant. See how long it lasts this time.
Rundown of expenses this time.
Oil and Filter Change Only - No Additives - $451.29
- Removed and replaced Engine oil and filter.
- Road test vehicle - all O.K.
- Parts - Oil Filter (AD078115561K), Washer-Sump Plug (ADN0138503), Audi Oil - SLX III (POL).
Oil Leak from Engine - $252.77
- Engine sump leaking.
- Removed engine oil sump and cleaned sealing surfaces.
- Applied sealant and reinstalled oil sump.
- Degreased engine and road test vehicle.
- Reinspected engine oil sump - all O.K.
- Parts - Silicone Sealant 93G (ADD176404A2)
Total - $774.45
The oil alone was priced at $239.92. From the limited amount of research I've done it appears the C5 RS6 holds 8 quarts or 7.5 litres of engine oil. That works out to around $30 a litre for the Castrol SLX III. The Audi Maintenance check sheet states: Engine Oil: Replenish VW standard VW 504 00, VW 505 01 Filling quantity 7.4 litre.
I was also having some intermittent problems with the rear interior light. The lighting assembly was inspected and I was told that it should be replaced.
Quote from Audi was $268 for the part or $374 for the part and installation.
I checked on the ECS website for part number 4B09471116PS and found that they had the assembly for $196.51USD. The downside is they want $76USD to ship the part which makes it more expensive than buying it directly through Audi Australia.
I have my eye on some other parts on the ECS website so I will hold off until I decide to buy multiple items to offset the shipping costs.