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Old 25th June 2011, 04:01 PM
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Hi my engine management lights come on on my d3 audi a8 4.2 v8 after a diagnostic its showing as running too lean could anyone enlighten me as to what needs replacing or fixing and why its showing this fault
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Old 26th June 2011, 12:19 PM
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I would check fault codes to start with.what part of the world are you in, there must be some one near by with vagcom, that would be willing to plug it in for you.
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Old 26th June 2011, 12:31 PM
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First you need to determine if it is actually running lean or if ii just thinks that it is running too lean.

If it is just thinking that it is running too lean then it's faulty lambdas.

Otherwise it could vacuum leak, faulty MAF or not enough fuel due fuel pressure regulator, fuel pump, clogged fuel filter or injector.
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Old 11th July 2011, 02:36 PM
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Do a lambda test in VAGCOM if I were you. Lambdas are a biatch to get to on these. Hopefully the MAF is at fault
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Old 11th July 2011, 03:29 PM
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Do a lambda test in VAGCOM if I were you. Lambdas are a biatch to get to on these. Hopefully the MAF is at fault
its showing as running too lean bank 1 i always use shell v power someones told me to be very careful as driving it could be damaging engine
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Old 19th July 2011, 04:59 PM
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its showing as running too lean bank 1 i always use shell v power someones told me to be very careful as driving it could be damaging engine
Yes it certainly could be.

As it says just one bank I would suspect possibly an injector or lambda.

In Vagcom you can do a lambda load test, I suggest you do this as it individually does each lambda sensor to check it.

Check your injectors as well.
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Old 19th July 2011, 05:54 PM
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Check inlet manifold is tight! They come loose and draw unmetered air in.

Failing that, secondary air system leaking or split vacuum pipes are most likely.
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Old 19th July 2011, 06:38 PM
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Would not vacuum leak affect both banks instead just one?
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Old 21st July 2011, 08:34 PM
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Yes it certainly could be.

As it says just one bank I would suspect possibly an injector or lambda.

In Vagcom you can do a lambda load test, I suggest you do this as it individually does each lambda sensor to check it.

Check your injectors as well.
could you tell me how to do the lambda load test on the Vagcom?
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Old 22nd July 2011, 09:29 AM
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Would not vacuum leak affect both banks instead just one?
No, the fault code designation is funny so it sometimes only logs one bank, just to confuse ya!
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