QUESTION RATTLE AND SHAKE

2004 Audi S4

Tiny

Jeff Martin 77

January, 29, 2008 AT 2:20 PM

Engine problem
2004 Audi S4 Question V8 All Wheel Drive Automatic 92000 miles

During ingnition, my car makes a rattle and shake sound that is coming from the engine and the idle drops to around 500 rpms. It only occurs for 3 seconds then after that it is fine. At stop lights, the vehicle idle decreases slightly giving an indication that it will staul but then goes back to normal. What could be the cause? Thanks

Jeff

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5 Answers

Tiny

Jack42

January, 31, 2008 AT 8:06 AM

Does it sound like rocks in a coffeee can?. Lol Might be the catyletic converters falling apart inside then jamming tight after the exhaust pushes the pieces around. Any change in performance? Full of oil and properly maintained? Any work done on the car before?

Tiny

Jeff Martin 77

January, 31, 2008 AT 1:09 PM

Yeah. Actually it kind does. Lol. I just had the catyletic converter replaced under the 80,000 mile warrenty by Audi in May of 2007! I don't notice any change in performance. I have maintained the vehicle very well and check the fluids every 2 weeks. The only work done on the engine was the new catyletic converter in May.

Tiny

Jack42

January, 31, 2008 AT 1:37 PM

I would get under it and tap on the exhaust with a soft faced hammer to see if the exhaust is rattling. Might be pieces of the old cat in the muffler

Tiny

Jeff Martin 77

January, 31, 2008 AT 3:50 PM

I brought the car to a mechanic the other day and they said that the noise seems to be coming from the inside of the engine. They did a 70 point inspection and said I should bring it to Audi and find out what is wrong because they didn't know.

Should Audi have taken steps to make sure the pieces of the old converter (if it is) be cleaned out before installing the new converter?

Oh and there is not a single sensor on to tell me if anything is wrong and I would assume with a car like that it would.

Tiny

Jack42

January, 31, 2008 AT 4:37 PM

The o2 sensor after the cat will tell you if the efficiency is low (cat is bad). Sounds like this could be a timing belt/chain tensioner problem. They will usually rattle first start up until they build up enough oil pressure to hold tension. If this is th ecase, I would have it looked at immediately

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