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Hi all! I'm a new member and I actually signed up because I was looking for answers to my lil' dilemma. I own an 2000 A4 1.8T quattro (my baby!) and have had her for about a year. About 6 months ago I had to have the starter replaced and took it to a shop. Of course $500 later I pull out of the shop and my MIL is on. Well, I figured since the shop was unfamiliar with Audi's that I just needed to have the code from the starter reset. Of course come inspection time when I went to get everything reset and inspected, the same place told me I had a code PO411 "Secondary Air Flow Malfunction". Great! I overheard the one mechanic talking to the owner and felt a lil' suspicous of their conversation. So I decided to take matters into my own hands. Upon inspection of my engine i found a small diameter hose not connected to anything!!! Unfortunately I can't fit my big head (or hands for that matter) into those small Audi crevices to find where that hose came from or where the air pump, vacuum hose, or valves are located. Could use and would greatly appreciate a lil' help on this! Thanks!!

Blak Majik
 

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Sounds a bit suspicious that the garage has tried to hide a fault at time of starter motor replacement.
I had a similar problem with a local garage that replaced an oil pump for me but when i drove it out the oil pressure light was still on and i also thought that Audi needed to reset it and checked back with garage who said the same.
Still a little concerned i decided to ring Audi technicians for free advice and they confirmed warning light did not need to be reset by them so there must still be a fault with the oil pressure.
So i went straight back to garage and made them sort it out.

It may well be worth you spending a few more dollars and putting it into Audi if you cant be sure of the garage that first worked on it.
 

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After my car went off warranty, I found an independent Porsche Audi specialist by asking around. He is half the price of the Audi dealer and does better work. Worth his weight in gold.
 

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thanx for the advice... i was able to figure out where the hose came from and where it went. I put it on and suddenly i heard an air pump go one that i hadn't heard for a while (since i put the car in for the starter, actually). i'm not sure if that was the whole problem, but i will post again with an update. but that hose was removed by someone... now, i'm extra suspicious. only prob with going to an audi dealer is that they're few and far between around my area. but it's definitely better than going back there! again, thanx for the input!
 
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