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  1. My B5 S4 Journey... 
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    I have one for my passat on UKP so figured I will do one for my S4 here also.

    Car: 1999 S4 Avant in Ming Blue, 124k on the clock, good service history etc. Completely standard except 18Ē RS4 Alloys (Also have the Original S4 ones)

    Know Faults:
    1) Bodywork is tatty in places and needs tidying up/redoing particularly front and rear bumpers and tailgate. Shell/bonnet/doors is pretty much immaculate. Alloys also need a refurb due to curbing.

    2) Rear suspension arms and both sub frames need a bit of love. Getting quite flaky in places

    3) Front callipers (Lucas 4 pad system) are both missing the anti rattle springs, this is doing my head in and new ones seem tricky to source. I have found some £45ea from VW however.

    4) Boot Load cover spring has gone so itís all floppy and loose. Going to have a looksee..

    5) Headlight washers donít currently work, some people delete them, I want them working. Have traced this to the pump. Has voltage but isnít spinning.

    6) Suspect original Diverter valves are leaking, boost seems to disappear far to quickly when changing gear. I know thatís the idea but if you just lift off slightly it drops the boost until you hoon it again. They are the original plastic ones...

    7) DID LCD in cluster is dead, I know these can be repaired so will removed cluster at some point and send it off.

    8) Driverís seat is rocking. Found guides cheap enough on eBay so will get that sorted.

    9) Driverís seat also has a split on the bolster where itís worn through, needs repairing or replacing. Any suggestions?

    Done so far:

    A lot of history and receipts of stuff done over the last 8 years. Very good history and last owner of 8 years was an enthusiast.

    Fixed detached rear washer pipe by glovebox

    Fixed central locking in passenger door, deadlock bar had come off the cam in the rear of the key barrel.

    Iíll keep updating this thread as I go. Any help or advice always appreciated, whilst no where near a novice, Iím new to owning petrol cars so will take some re-learning in places.

    Iím going to colour code the car with Orange (FF6600), Callipers, all hoses, fog light surrounds, interior alu trim( wrapped so I dot ruin it) etc etc. I think orange will go nice with the navy blue colour of the car. Will start by getting callipers powder coated and rebuilding them with new seals etc.

    Watch this space....Aidan




























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    Worth replacing headlights with single unit with integrated indicator. Standard halogen 55w bulbs were shocking, regardless of upgraded bulbs. Did B5 S4 come with xenon headlights as option?

    If you're getting bumpers and alloys resprayed, then look at rear window spoiler and get it painted at the same time. Doesn't look much but I think it makes a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spartacus 68 View Post
    Worth replacing headlights with single unit with integrated indicator. Standard halogen 55w bulbs were shocking, regardless of upgraded bulbs. Did B5 S4 come with xenon headlights as option?

    If you're getting bumpers and alloys resprayed, then look at rear window spoiler and get it painted at the same time. Doesn't look much but I think it makes a difference.
    Iíll bare that in mind, I may get tailgate done as well but was debating getting it all smoothed out properly and wrapped instead.

    My Headlights are OEM Xenon so would rather not lose them, unless I can find some Xenon all in ones? Not sure if they exist... They are very bright, will get my drill and autoglym kit on them, then theyíll be good as new in no time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniMental View Post
    Iíll bare that in mind, I may get tailgate done as well but was debating getting it all smoothed out properly and wrapped instead.

    My Headlights are OEM Xenon so would rather not lose them, unless I can find some Xenon all in ones? Not sure if they exist... They are very bright, will get my drill and autoglym kit on them, then theyíll be good as new in no time.


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    Stick with them! Headlight lenses probably just need refreshed. Roof rails I'd go brushed aluminium, but hey that's just me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spartacus 68 View Post
    Stick with them! Headlight lenses probably just need refreshed. Roof rails I'd go brushed aluminium, but hey that's just me!
    I actually thought about buying some new headlights and separating the lenses off them and swapping them.


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    Well, got the front bumper on properly. Was sagging by 1/2Ē at each wing. Jesus Christ those clips are hard to get in! Managed in the end though so front end looks straight now happy days!

    Is this car a subframe off or engine out job to reach the turbos? Tried to find them but didnít have much look lol.


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    Well, another job tackled and another one added to the list.

    My new headlight washer pump came today. Easy to see why the old one was dead.... New one was £13 off eBay and took 2 days to come.





    So on with it, headlight out, also had to remove three bolts from the lock carrier so I could pull it forward. Just gave me enough room to squeeze pump out. Difficult with big hands haha.





    I then found that old pump had a flat male connector and new pump had a notch on it. So trusty Gerber soon sorted that out



    After:


    All fitted in nice





    And then onto the new job on the list....



    Found once they were working that the outside nozzle on passenger side has also split, I imagine due to frost, so Iíve ordered one, again from eBay, (a German one) which set me back £18 inc postage

    Thatís it for now. Also canít get the load cover out. The release button has broken inside.. when I get a new one Iíll cut it out I think. Haha.

    I have also found some brake rattle springs for the front callipers! VW told me there were 4 left in their database at a grand old price of £45+vat each!! (I need two)...ECS tuning is about the same with import costs so I did some research.... turns out RockAuto have them. I have ordered a set which were £9.50 for BOTH springs and £25 priority shipping as Iím not waiting four weeks... still cheaper than one spring from here.

    Result!


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    Good job. One we get into cold temperature territory keep the screen wash additive topped up with additive to avoid a repeat. Haven't had a bad winter as such for about 5 years or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spartacus 68 View Post
    Good job. One we get into cold temperature territory keep the screen wash additive topped up with additive to avoid a repeat. Haven't had a bad winter as such for about 5 years or so.
    Cheers. Yeah I will be doing. Was hoping new washer unit would turn up yesterday but no dice. Will be tomorrow now....

    My anti rattle springs didnít fit... evidently it seems my Caliper doesnít take them. Iím going to put the spare set of discs and pads on today and see if that helps as the spare set are Brembo and have soft backs on all the pads etc where the fitted ones donít.

    My Older HP2 Caliper




    Newer HP2 Caliper meant for the springs


    Iíve got a shot at a B6 S4 front upgrade if I can find some funds... 345mm Discs, calipers, pads etc and Iíll be looking to do the 300x22mm rear upgrade before Xmas as well if all goes to plan.

    Cheers
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