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Audi a8 front end removal

  1. 1. Audi A8 Front End Removal By oemcargps- http://how-to-gps.blogspot.comAudi A8 Front End RemovalIf you are going to be doing a timing belt replacement, oil cooler removal andinstallation or any other front end work, its easiest to do Audi A8 Front EndRemoval.Audi A8 Front End Removal Tools Required1 Large bucket to catch the engine coolant1 Small bucket to catch the windshield washer fluid10 mm allen wrench to remove bumper bolts6 mm allen wrenchMetric socketsScrewdriversAudi A8 Front End Removal ProcedureJack the front end of the car up, place on jack stands. Remove the belly pan by removingfasteners and plastic pan.Remove both lower outer grill pieces by prying out with a screwdriver.Place bucket under passenger side of bumper. Loosen hose clamp on passenger side lowergrill. Disconnect hose and the windshield washer fluid will drain out. Open the fill capto vent the system. Page 1 of 9
  2. 2. Audi A8 Front End Removal By oemcargps- http://how-to-gps.blogspot.comPop out the small pin holding the alternator ventilation duct to the bumper with ascrewdriver and pull it free (right next to the windshield washer fluid connection).Pop out the inner fender (both sides) at the forward part of the wheel well where ittucks in behind the bumper. Just get it started by prying out, and then work it out tothe top of the bumper. You should be able to do this with your hands (wear mechanicsgloves).Unbolt the bumper using the 10mm allen head wrench or socket end, do both sides. You cansee them if you lay on your back, they are vertically mounted into the bumper.Remove both bumper bolts with 10mm allen head wrench.Pull the bumper forward, it comes out like a drawer in a dresser. Page 2 of 9
  3. 3. Audi A8 Front End Removal By oemcargps- http://how-to-gps.blogspot.comDrain the coolant. This is accomplished by placing a large (5 gallon) bucket under therear of the radiator and opening the petcock on the side shown in the picture below. Openthe coolant expansion tank fill to vent the system.Bumper removed, drain the radiator next.Remove the engine plastic and other interference. See pictures below for details. Page 3 of 9
  4. 4. Audi A8 Front End RemovalBy oemcargps- Page 4 of 9
  5. 5. Audi A8 Front End Removal By oemcargps- http://how-to-gps.blogspot.comRemove radiator hose support.Remove upper radiator hose from engine. DO NOT DISCONNECT SMALL HOSE AT TOP OF UPPERRADIATOR HOSE! If you do, you will most likely break it. Just remove the upper radiatorhose from the block (2 places) and from the radiator. Place the hose on top of the enginewith the small radiator hose in the middle attached.Remove the lower radiator hose from the block. No need to disconnect it from theradiator, it will act as a stand pipe and prevent coolant from leaking all over. However,youll need to snake it around the torque support when pulling the front end.Disconnect Electrical ConnectionsDisconnect the following connections (you may have to cut some tie wraps on the driversside below the headlight):Headlight connectors (push metal piece to disconnect and pull)Ambient temperature sensor in front of radiator (push metal piece to disconnect and pull)A/C connector just in front of LH bumper shock absorber (push metal piece to disconnectand pull)Radiator electrical connector just above lower radiator hose (it just pulls off, try Page 5 of 9
  6. 6. Audi A8 Front End Removal By oemcargps- http://how-to-gps.blogspot.comprying a little with a screwdriver)Corner marker lights (wait until you pull the front end and just turn them and remove)Disconnect Hood Latch CableThere is no need to unbolt the hood latch cable, just pry it out using the picture below.Remove Driver Side HeadlightRemove the trim below the headlights by unscrewing the small phillips head screw on theinboard side of the headlight (both sides). Pull the trim out towards front.Remove drivers side headlight by unscrewing the four phillips head screws in the picturebelow. When reinstalling, tighten the top two first, then the bottom two. The cornermarker will come with it, no need to disconnect. Page 6 of 9
  7. 7. Audi A8 Front End Removal By oemcargps- http://how-to-gps.blogspot.comUnbolt Radiator SupportPrior to unbolting the front bumper shock absorbers, MARK THE OUTLINE WITH A PERMANENTMARKER! This will give you a good idea where the front end should sit when it goes backon.Unbolt the radiator support by removing the two 6mm hex heads in the fender. Pop theplastic piece above them and youll have access to them. Remove the bolts from the fenderotherwise it will get caught up on them when pulling it out. Page 7 of 9
  8. 8. Audi A8 Front End Removal By oemcargps- http://how-to-gps.blogspot.comRemove the six bolts from the bumper shock absorber mounts, remove bumper shockabsorbers. To clear the drivers side absorber, turn 90 degrees or so to get past theelectrical connector.Note the permanent marker markings outside of thebumper absorber to show where it was prior to removal. Page 8 of 9
  9. 9. Audi A8 Front End Removal By oemcargps- http://how-to-gps.blogspot.comPlace a dolly or other suitable support under the front end. Using a mechanics dollyworks well with a piece of wood on it. Pull the front end out, and wiggle it so thepassenger side comes out further than the drivers side. The headlight frame will justclear the drivers side fender.Audi A8 Front End Removal Installation NotesWhen installing the radiator assembly, snake the lower hose back around the torquesupport to get it in place.Once lifted back in place, start the hex head fender bolts to hold it in place. Tightenthese two bolts after tightening the bumper shock absorber bolts.The radiator support must be jacked up to get it back properly lined up. To do this, usea jack and a piece of wood under the radiator, slightly support it, get all six bumpershock absorber bolts started, jack it up (look at the markings you made as a guide), andthen tighten the bolts down. Jack it up as high as possible without putting too muchstress on it. If you do not do this, it will sit too low and the bumper wont clear it.Tighten the upper headlight screws before the lower headlight screws, this will pull itinto place. Use the old markings as a guide.Installation is reverse of removal. Page 9 of 9