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A3 Oil Change Mystery

Old 12-09-2016, 07:29 PM
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Hello all I am long time Audi owner and have had many differnt Audis over the last 30 years. Fast forward last year I fall in love with a 2008 A3 White S Line 2.0 Turbo Gas. After about 3 months it develops the dreaded chain rattle. With 115,000 on the clock and the previous owner not talkative about the service I bought the complete kit from ECS including the water pump. I had a local German specialty shop do the service . The car was quiet and ran great until about 2000 miles after the tensioner was done I heard a slight rattle at Idle. The I pulled the dip stick and the oil was good but slightly dirty. So I go to the local NAPA store and buy the NAPA gold filter insert and 5w40 Liquid Moly . At start up nice and quiet as expected. But about a week later mega chain rattle at idle. My first thought was the NAPA gold filter. I surfed for other owners with similer issues and found lots of postings . I am going today to dump the oil and filter . I bought Castrol VW grade 5w40 full Synthetic and a OEM Audi filter insert. The tensioner was FEBI . Has anyone else had these issues? I am miffed about this and pissed that I am another 60 bucks in the hole. I will update post updates after oil change . Hoping that my tensioner did not take a dump after 2000 miles. Anyone have any experiences with this? Thanks
Old 12-10-2016, 01:36 PM
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Napa Know How= Napa No Way Found the issue The NAPA Gold filter sucked in and collapsed WTH JUNK !!! Car is quiet at idle !! Oil pressure is perfect. Going back to NAPA to get my money back and will only use the OEM Mann products from here out. Pictures to follow.
Old 12-11-2016, 11:05 AM
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I've always used MANN or Bosch filters for that very reason. I've seen a couple of other filters get crushed or sucked together before when I used a one off once and never trusted them again (luckily never had it as bad as you).
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