2001 Audi A4 1.8T started ticking


Asked by neogx89 Aug 23, 2013 at 07:22 PM about the 2001 Audi A4 1.8T

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi everyone,

I need your help

I recently got a 2001 audi a4 after my 03 jeep cherokee died on me (RIP). The audi has
been driving so well, until this morning on my way to work. I started the car, and heard
a loud consistent clicking sound. I was confused, but once i drove off it disappeared
and when i stopped, it came right back. I drove to work anyway. After work (8 hours
later) I started the car and the clicking wasnt there at all so I thought thank god, but
then i get on the high way then get stuck in traffic then the clicking came back as soon
as i stopped. But once again, when i drive it goes away. Im HOPING I just need an oil
change being that the last oil change was with the prior owner and according to the
sticker I have about 700 miles before I get a change. But after researching online, I see
people talking about a tension belt and such which I AM HOPING isnt the case
because I cant afford that at the moment. What do you guys think it could be? And
would I have to park it, or can I drive it until next Friday when I get my check. Thanks
for the help.

Im hoping it needs just an oil change.

8 Answers

Michael Kane

I would start by checking the oil level, make shure it its low. If that is good then I would change the oil and filter. I f your still having issues it could have the dreaded oil pump failure.


You have a sticky lifter try some slick 50 in your next oil change and it will fix the sound But it is good to check the oil levels and make sure your topped up. i would not try any of those engine cleaners or oil treatments to de sludge the engine audis love petro canada's 94 oct gas and run the best on it as the better the octane the better the engine performance, It also helps clear our deposits in the fuel system on the side note* . Slick 50 high miles is best for any audi making noises mine was making loud ticking due to sticky valves as well but slick 50 took that noise away in my 98 a4 2.8L

Elio Olivari

it could be the egr valve or AKA Kombi valve or combination valve, what was your problem ? did you fixed it ?


wouldnt be the egr most commonly its the lifters not getting enough oil during idle stage that causes them to tick at slow rpms and cold start ups. If it was a chain tensioner it would alays be there making hte clicking noise and only get louder if its was that. and these sliders only ware out if there is no oil in the compartment since they are only guides and don't physicly hold the chain.

Salah Haji

Bro I swear the only that brought me here is the same damn reason, I have an audi a4 1.8t and it's doing the same ticking you just mentioned !! When It's in motion the ticking goes away and then comes back when I stop . . I really need help cause I'm only learning about cars !!! Please let me know what to do, my oil level is perfectly right, it's clean and my dark and my filter is new . . Some guy just said it was the engine :( I pray it's not !!! I'm too broke for that


well read over the other replies and do a quick look. Open your oil cap when the cars running at idle. If you see oil moving about your car is fine. if you don't see any oil and its dry you most likely have an oil pressure issue that relates to the oil pump.


Hi Guys, just had same problemo with mine, climbed into the engine with my great mechanic friend as it was annoying me!!...turns out it needs a timing belt, hence the reason you only hear the clicking when stopped at light etc;, its one of the pulley wheels, he thinks its the cam tensioner one...the ticking caused by lack of tension from a worn belt...so the pulley is not spinning thru...its wobbling a little...tick tick tick....so lift your hoods and have a listen! if its coming from the front of engine....you have your answer!....i think!.....will know next week!....having new belt, tensioner, water pump and cam seals installed...also gonna do rocker and valve seals and put in new plugs while its all stripped down....then hopefully, no more tick tick tick!!..hope that helps...it could be a 100 other reasons i know....but thats my mechanics verdict....and he is a clever Audi man.


I belvie i already mentioned that the problem is most commanly the lifters sticking. My audi a4 2.8L engine was ticking alot on start ups and i thought it was the cam chain followers. Well i was wrong, In most cases even with my 367,000km engine the plastic followers were in great shape. The The lifts when they get older start to stick and cause noise on startup because there is no oil in the heads when its first started. Now i can't say that this is not for sure the problem with your car but out of all the parts to go the tensors can go early same as the water pump if you use cheap aftermarket parts. Have your belt done do all the bolts pulleys and pumps and tensions I would advise changing the serpentine follower pulley and the serpentine tensor at the same time as well if they have not been done recently. To get rid of lifter noise i used a syntheic brand of slick 50 which removed the clicking noise There is a full syntheic brand of it if you can find it not all stores will have it.

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