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Do these EBC brake pads look like a counterfeit?

Checked EBC website FAQ There was a question on cross drilled rotors, that were represented as genuine EBC brand. Here is the last sentence of their reply: If you have any doubts that you are being ...
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Do these EBC brake pads look like a counterfeit?

I can see two differences: The EBC website shows a 3D view of the brake pads, which show a different shape for the black region. This may be because you have a different brake pad shape from the one ...
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How much distance would 1mm off front brakes translate into?

Here's a rough approach that should work regardless of vehicle You will need to know the current brake pad thickness the thickness of a brand new brake pad how much mileage you've put on the car ...
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Do these EBC brake pads look like a counterfeit?

I went ahead with Abbottcost's advice and messaged EBC Barkes directly. They replied promptly with a detailed answer to my question. Here is an excerpt for the email: We only powder coat the rear ...
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Mass Air Flow Expected Values

Also, remember that MAF is a reading of the amount of air entering the engine. If you have a backflow issues (high backpressure) or even a timing issue where the valves are not opening and closing at ...
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Is it bad to continuously turn cruise control on and off?

The cruise control on a modern car is totally electronic – obviously it has to interact with the car's controls, but no more so than would happen in "manual" driving. There should be no reason why you ...
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Is it possible to have glow plugs on all the time for certain amount of time?

The way the VW (so assuming Audi is similar) glow plugs are controlled on the TDI Jettas of similar vintage, the plugs should come on (what VW calls "pre-glow") whenever the block is cold. You should ...
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Do I need expensive tires for my Audi A4?

Perhaps you would be better served by going in with some specific questions rather than allowing a salesman (who might be paid on commission) to drive your purchase. For example, when I search Tire ...
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98 Audi has oil in coolant but oil is clean

You can still get oil into the coolant through a head gasket leak, even if you don't have any other symptoms. You symptom of oil into the water is very classic of a head gasket leak. Oil pressure is ...
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How to trigger headlight washers on 14 ' Audi S4 (B8.5)

It seems the way to trigger the headlight washers is to just hold the main washers longer. That would mean to me they cannot be triggered exclusively. If you don't actually like the little things, ...
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Audi A3 2001 1.9 TDI ASV - which motor oil to use?

Using the 5w40 is fine for that car, but more importantly make sure the oil meets the VW 507.00 spec. These specifications are very important for turbo diesels, so don't use just any oil. If you ...
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Can improper coolant concentration increase coolant temperature?

The coolant ratio does affect how the system cools the engine, but probably not as you'd think. Water is a better thermal conductor than is the antifreeze, so it will do a great job of shedding the ...
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For the '03 Audi A8 3.7 V8, can you retract the rear calipers without the need for dealer tools/software?

You can perform this action with a number of 3rd party diagnostic tools such as VCDS, Carista and OBDeleven. My uncle had some success removing the electrical mechanism from the rear of the caliper ...
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2000 Audi A4 1.6 weak motor power

First of all, no worries on the bad English side of things ... even those of us who speak it have issues sometimes! '-) As to your issue(s) ... the first thing I do when I've encountered a large ...
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Adaptive air suspension problems

The first thing I'd do is attach VAG-COM or VCDS to the vehicle and get the fault codes. There are two possible reasons for the problem. It could be that there is a physical fault or it could be ...
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How do I choose the correct thermostat?

Go to a site for parts diagrams with a VIN/chassis number lookup like http://www.realoem.me. Give it a try, I think it will be quite helpful. Using that site based on an ASV engine I believe you need ...
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"Minor" Rear-end Collision on Audi A4 (B6), Exhaust Damage

If the other friend rear-ended her, then that person is liable for the damage, and it's time to contact their insurance agency. There's no way to tell what was damaged in the collision; it's possible ...
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Push back /Obstruction feeling while braking

What you're describing sounds like the pulsing feedback that the ABS (antilock braking system) provides when it actuates on a slippery surfaces. The best way that I can describe it is as a roughness ...
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Tool for stubborn CV axle

Axle removed! The idea of banging on the axle bolt is a bad one if the axle is really stuck. Strong taps to dislodge are probably fine but above a certain degree of force, the inner threads on the ...
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What are these rubber parts called in my audi s4

I'd talk to the dealer about a Raintray Hood Seal
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Which should I fix first?

If you have to replace both and you can only replace one now, replace the cam position sensor first. If it goes completely out, the car will not run. It may not run as good without the new hose, but ...
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How do I read specification for wheels in Audi?

You can't get to where you're going from this chart. This chart ONLY tells you the tire pressures for the options given from the factory. The sizes you're seeing there are specific to the tire sizes, ...
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What will change when I replace my wheels from 225/50 R17 with 255/35 R19?

From: tire size calculator The diameter of the proposed tires is only 0.1" taller so changes to things like speedo, acceleration, fuel mileage will be minimal. I'd be most concerned about the 1....
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2015 Audi w/ Lane Assist The steering wheel sticks around center while driving on the free way

It seems this issue is caused by one of two things. Bad steering sensors that are mounted on the rack Steering sensors need to be 'aligned' Problem seems to be that the sensors in the steering rack ...
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1997 1.8t Audi Quattro - using coolant

Engine coolant can leave the cooling system by different ways: Through a damaged hose. Through a damaged radiator or reservoir. Through a damaged head or head gasket. In this case, white smoke (which ...
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Can you replace only the rubber in 2008 Jetta (Mk5) wipers?

You change the whole wiper Nobody makes just the rubber and sells it. They fit it to various wiper frame components that fit different models and sell the to the owners of the vehicle the wiper ...
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Diesel Engine difficult to start

If your engine struggles when it is cold, but starts fine when hot and the car runs fine afterwards with no loss of power, I would check the following: Check your battery with a voltmeter from the ...
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Squealing brakes on 14 ' Audi S4 (B8.5)

Carbon-metallic Brake Pads If you do have carbon-metallic brake pads, especially high performance ones like you might find on an Audi S4 (although I can't say for sure), the material that they are ...
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How does Audi Crown Gear Center Differential work?

This set up is a quazai differential/planetary gear set. This can make it difficult to see how it functions. Power comes in from the transmission and into the pinon gear carrier and pinon gears. The ...
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Do these EBC brake pads look like a counterfeit?

Just by going off the print quality of the silk screens shown in EBC's website images versus the ones on the actual break pads. I'd conclude they are made in an inferior factory. They are most likely ...
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