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The time finally arrived for the timing readjustment. The first Sunday dawned and at the crack of noon the jacking up commenced. A space was vacant outside the garage and after a matter of minutes the front of jthe car was 18" higher than normal and supported on some shiny new axle stands. Due to continuing works to the aircon system the sound deadening pan was not fitted so a depressing view of the underside could be rapidly obtained. Battle was commenced with the electric fan removal. Water draining, hose removal, airbox, cover, idle speed controller, throttle switch, distributors, plugs, brace, all came out with relative ease. Then came the viscous fan removal. Never having owned a car with one of these before I hadn't realised that they can be difficult (!) to remove without a peg spanner -
Some time before this part of the saga began the Matra 3199 locating camshaft locating flanges hasd been received from a dealer in America. They were from Germany but nobody in Europe seemed to be interested in them. After releasing the cambelt idler and removing the cambelt from the camshafts (why do people insist that the sprockets must be removed?) the flanges could be fitted -
I can't see that you can set the timing on these engines without the flanges as the numerous idlers and labyrinthine path of the timing belt make it very difficult to position the LH camshaft correctly when fitting the belt.
After doing the belt tension reassembly proceeded in time honoured Haynes manual fashion -
It became obvious that the front engine mounting was past its best when it fell into two pieces on removal. Audi ordered a replacement, and being convinced that weeks would pass before it arrived the old mounting was superglued back together and secured with long red-
At last, however, the last cable tie and jubilee clip was secured and the key turned. Started, no whirring noise, no leaks, no fault codes, went twice as well!
Not only was the whirring noise gone but also the low voltage that had plagued the car was also gone both due to the alternator removal, repair and refitting / replugging.