Wednesday, July 16, 2008 "I love concept cars and this because it is one of the few concept cars to make it into production pretty much unaltered."

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Wanted: A good Audi Mechanic in Northwest Arkansas

If you know of a reputable and good mechanic to work on my Audi here in NWA please let me know.

My windscreen doesn't seem to go up and down as it should....this will have to be fixed.

Car and Driver Ten Best - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Car and Driver Ten Best - Wikipedia:
"For 2001, Car and Driver created an award with a single winner in each of five categories.

Ten Best Cars

Price cap: $62,000
Model / Times on List
Audi A6/ 2
Audi TT / 2
BMW 3-Series /17
BMW 5-Series/ 6
Chrysler PT Cruiser /1
Ford Focus /5
Honda Accord/ 22
Honda S2000 /4
Mazda Miata /9
Porsche Boxster/ 9"

Audi TT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Audi TT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Mechanically, the TT uses a transversely mounted engine with front or quattro four-wheel drive. It was first available with a 1.8 L turbocharged inline four cylinder 20-valve engine, with either 180 PS (132 kW) or 225 PS (165 kW). The engines share the same basic design but the 225 PS version features a larger turbocharger, an additional intercooler on the driver's side, forged connecting rods, a dual exhaust, and a few other internals designed to accommodate the increase in turbo boost from roughly 10 psi peak to 15. Haldex enabled four wheel drive branded as quattro was optional on the 180 PS (132 kW) engine, and standard on the more powerful version.

Audi TT RoadsterEarly TT models gained press coverage for a series of high-speed accidents in Europe. Reported crashes and related fatalities occurred at speeds in excess of 110 mph during abrupt lane changes or sharp turns. Both the coupe and roadster models were recalled in late 1999/early 2000 to improve predictability of the car's handling at very high-speeds. Audi's Electronic Stability Programme, and rear spoiler were added, along with suspension modifications. All changes were subsequently incorporated into future versions of the car.
The original four cylinder engine range was complemented with a 250 PS (184 kW) 3.2 L VR6 in early 2003, which comes with the quattro four-wheel drive system. In October 2004 a new DSG (dual-clutch) gearbox, which improves acceleration through drastically reduced shift time, was offered along with a stiffer suspension.
Audi also developed a lightened and more powerful 'quattro Sport' model, with 240 PS (177 kW) and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph)."

quattro (four wheel drive system) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

quattro (four wheel drive system) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "How does the system perform: In on-road conditions the car will not be able to move if all four wheels lose traction altogether. Torsen effect with one wheel losing traction and spinning freely will not happen on quattro IV because EDL will apply brakes to the spinning wheel, and Torsen differential will transfer torque to another axle. However, in severe road conditions (wheels on ice or raised in the air and an obstacle restricting the vehicle from moving forward, on a slope) the car will not be able to move when one front and one rear wheel lose traction. EDL will brake the single spinning wheel on an axle trying to transfer torque to the opposite wheel, but because Audi's EDL action is too 'soft' it is not able to brake the wheel to the full stop. The car will end up spinning one front and one rear wheels but not moving forward."

Electronic stability control - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Electronic stability control - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Numerous studies around the world confirm that ESC is highly effective in helping the driver maintain control of the car and saving lives and reducing the severity of crashes.[3] In the fall of 2004 in the U.S., the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration confirmed the international studies, releasing results of a field study in the U.S. of ESC effectiveness. NHTSA concluded that ESC reduces crashes by 35%. Additionally, Sport utility vehicles (SUV's) with stability control are involved in 67% fewer accidents than SUVs without the system. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) issued its own study results in 2004 concluding that universal use of ESC could save 7,000 lives a year in the United States. In June 2006, the IIHS released a second study showing that up to 10,000 fatal US crashes could be avoided annually if all vehicles were equipped with ESC[4] The 2006 study concluded that ESC reduces the likelihood of all fatal crashes by 43%, fatal single-vehicle crashes by 56%, and fatal single-vehicle rollovers by 77-80%.
ESC is described as the most important advance in auto safety since the seat belt by many experts[5] including Nicole Nason,[6] Administrator of the NHTSA,[7] Jim Guest and David Champion[8] of Consumers Union[9] Max Mosley of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), E-Safety Aware[10], Csaba Csere, editor of Car and Driver[11], and Bill Kozyra, CEO of Continental Automotive Systems[7].The European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP) 'strongly recommends' that people buy cars fitted with stability control.[12]"

Friday, July 4, 2008

Year 2001 Changes and beyond - Audi TT

2000-2006 Audi TT - Consumer Guide Automotive: "2001 Audi TT: A two-passenger soft-top Roadster joined the original coupe in spring of 2000, as an early 2001 model. Also new were a standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP) to help prevent skidding, a rear spoiler, and a 225-horsepower rendition of the TT's turbocharged four-cylinder engine, driving a six-speed manual gearbox. Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system was standard on the Roadster and 225-horsepower coupe, and optional for the 180-bhp coupe. A power top was standard on the Quattro Roadster, but optional if the convertible had front drive. Both Roadsters had heated glass rear windows. A power-retractable glass windblocker went between the structural roll bars behind the headrests.
2002 Audi TT: Added midyear to mark Audi's participation in American LeMans Series racing were 1000 limited-production 225-hp ALMS coupes with 18-inch wheels and special trim. Also new for 2002 was a new radio with in-dash CD.
2003 Audi TT: Base models had a 6-speed automatic for the first time. Optional wheels on the 225-hosrepower model were now 18 inches.
2004 Audi TT: New for '04 is a 250-hp V6 engine standard on Audi's new V6 quattro TT, and now-standard xenon headlights. Also added mid-year was Audi's Direct Shift Gearbox, a clutchless manual that can be set to shift like an automatic.
2005 Audi TT: The TT saw no changes in 2005.
2006 Audi TT: Available satellite radio is the only change for 2006."

2001 Silver Audi TT Quattro Convertable

2000-2006 Audi TT Reliability - Consumer Guide Automotive

2000-2006 Audi TT Reliability - Consumer Guide Automotive: "Consumer Guide® Estimated Repair Costs
This table lists costs of likely repairs for comparison with other vehicles. The dollar amount includes the cost of the part(s) and labor (based on $50 per hour) for the typical repair without extras or add-ons. Like the pricing information, replacement costs can vary widely depending on region. Expect charges at a new-car dealership to be slightly higher.

Item NameRepair Cost

A/C Compressor$801



Clutch, Pressure Plate, Bearing$855

Constant Velocity Joints$2,635

Exhaust System$950


Shocks and/or Struts$1,795

Timing Chain or Belt$345"

2000-2006 Audi TT Reliability - Consumer Guide Automotive

2000-2006 Audi TT Reliability - Consumer Guide Automotive: "Trouble Spots
Consumer Guide's® Auto Editors have scoured repair bulletins and questioned mechanics to search for commonly occurring problems for a particular vehicle. In some cases we also give possible manufacturer-suggested solutions. In many instances these trouble spots are Technical Service Bulletins posted by the manufacturer, however, we have our own expert looking at additional vehicle problems.
Audio system: If the CD player and rear defogger are operated at the same time, a whining noise may come from the audio speakers. This requires a filter on the wiring harness. (2000)
Coolant leak: Coolant leaks from the thermostat housing on the VR6 engine due to bad O-ring or cracked housing. (2002-06)
Engine noise: Engine may groan or howl due to a problem with the charge pressure valve for the turbo system. A revised valve is available. (2000)
Paint/body: Hoists or floor jacks may damage early production models' sill panels. Later models are built with hoist lift pads that can be retrofitted. (2000)
Rough idle: Dirty throttle body bore and throttle control module commonly cause rough or low idle. (2000-01)
Rough idle: Backfires dislodge the idle control damper from the rear of the engine causing rough, or no idle due to faulty plugs or wires on vehicles equipped with the VR6 engine. (1992-04)
Suspension problems: To improve handling and reduce the risk of vehicle skid, front stabilizers (FWD) or front and rear stabilizers (Quattro) are being replaced. (2000)"

Top Gear : Audi TT Soft Top

Audi TT Trailer

AUDI TT -catch the fever.

11-10-2006 Bandimere, 2001 Audi TT Quattro

Audi TT - Avant Thunder Hill chase 7/9/2001

Audi TT - BMW M Roadster at Willow Springs 10/15/2001

MK1 2001 Audi TT 225

Audi TT @ 2001 World of Speed


2001 Audi TT 225 with custom Mufflex exhaust


Audi TT Quattro Powerflow Exhaust

Audi TT Stock Exhaust

2001 Audi TT Exhaust

Not really sure why someone would video this. Even less sure why someone would post it on You Tube.

Ti Kan: Audi Platforms, Parts Numbering, and Quattro Guide

Ti Kan: Audi Platforms, Parts Numbering, and Quattro Guide: "Audi Platforms, Parts Numbering, and Quattro Guide"

Alternator Replacement (2001 TT)

AudiWorld Tech Articles: "Alternator Replacement (TT)SparTTan2006

Plan on about 2 hours if you are mechanically experienced, or at least 3-4 hours if you tend to drop tools and parts, can't remember where you laid down your tools, like to take pictures so you can figure out how everything goes back together, get hungry, etc. etc.

Two preliminary (optional) steps:

1. Jack up the car and remove the belly pan. Completely optional, but save yourself the trouble and expletives when you drop stuff down through the motor.

2. Unhook the battery cable. Also optional, but probably a good idea since you are working with a part of the electrical system. I didn't do this, but my battery was dead after driving the car home 35 miles with a non-functional alternator. (So dead the window couldn't roll itself up after opening and closing the door.)

Now down to business. Remove the plastic trim on the passenger side."

***See page link above to see full instructions and photos***

Master Cylinder Replacement and Clutch Hydraulics

AudiWorld Tech Articles: "Master Cylinder Replacement and Clutch HydraulicsMelvin Gale 2007

This article applies to: 2001 TT CQ

Brake fluid is supplied to the master by a hose from the brake reservoir, which the clutch and rakes share. When you press on the clutch pedal, the master cylinder forces some of this fluid out the exit port, through a rubber hose about 2 feet long, ( by way of an aluminum 'frequency modulator' -to reduce vibration, I assume) to the slave cylinder. The slave is located inside the clutch housing. And that forces out the throwout bearing, which is part of the slave cylinder (a very unusual arrangement) that actually presses on multiple steel fingers, which move the clutch pressure plate off the clutch disc. This disconnects engine from transmission so you can shift quietly.

Usual cars have a spring in the master cylinder, so no matter what happens at the clutch and slave cylinder, the pedal comes back up. Then, a pedal-on-the-floor-defect usually means master cylinder failure. In contrast, where pedal feels fine but doesn't operate the clutch usually signals a slave cylinder failure. Of course, leaking fluid either place is almost a guarantee that's where the failure is.

TT master cylinders however do not have a spring, (also very unusual), except for the over center spring pressing on the clutch pedal. So, the only force pushing the pedal back up is the pressure plate itself, pressing on the slave cylinder, pushing the fluid back upstream to the master.

So if a TT clutch pedal goes to the floor, you cannot tell where the defect. This is a problem.

This is the clutch master cylinder."
'Vorsprung Dirch Technik' [ Advantage Through Technology" - Audi's German Tagline. Audi will import 5000 roadsters into North America for an on-sale date of April 2000. Half of these will be equipped as Quattros, and only 1250 are expected to be the 225-horsepower version. So what the heck does TT stand for anyway? That would be "Tourist Trophy" as in Great Britain's historic racing series of the Isle of Man. TT Now Stands for Terrifically Topless.

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