First I had an oil leak at the Crank… so I changed the seal and the oil pressure switch (died on me in Kassel… a story for another day).
Then I got an oil leak at the oil cooler (the one on the side of the engine) and changed the 2 (very cheap) o-rings and as I was in there anyways I changed all coolant hoses (not so cheap).
Now I have an oil leak in there again… I have located it to be just above the flywheel.
As shown on the attached Audi image
Audi writes you can remove the little (outer) cover (bolts 2+4) but I can’t and that’s also not where the leak is.
I then removed the bolts securing the larger cover (bolts 1+3) because here’s the leak, but I’m afraid the remove it completely.
When I get it out as far as seeing the second seal it suddenly feels heavier as if it holds something centered (balance shaft??).
The first seal was broken and very brittle… makes sense because that’s where the oil leak is.
I’m quite sure the second seal is just as brittle but doesn’t look like it’s broken.
Can I just change the 2 seals without taking the whole engine apart?
Is it safe to take the larger cover completely out or should I rather let it sit where it is holding the “shaft”?
Also I can’t seem to find part numbers for the seals nor the bolts (1+3 has to be renewed)… can anyone help with info?
One recommendation from me to anyone having leaks from front of engine… when you get in there… do yourself a favor and change all parts I have changed right away (leak or no leak)… at some point you will regret not having done it… trust me
Thanks in advance for any help