We hope you found the inaugural Inside Line on the Ford Focus as useful as we did. We’ve been swamped with technical information from every corner of the market, all of which you can see here, but more is always welcome.

This month we turn our attention to the popular Audi A4. In particular, we’re looking at the model which began production in 2008 and is still being used today (although the car did receive a facelift last year). Available in saloon, estate,  and Allroad Quattro body styles, the A4 came with seven different engine options split into three diesel and four petrol units.

The most popular model is the 1.9 TDi SE, of which there were 11,000 on UK roads last year. Also popular is the 1.8 petrol unit in SE trim, where 9900 were on the roads in 2012 according to the website

Again we’re so pleased to see so many of you getting in touch with hints and advice on how to fix the most common problems on the car. This month these range from faulty throttle intake valves to worn tie rod ends and a multitude of multi-link suspension failures. Rest assured you’ll find all the information needed to fix these problems here and online.

Next month we’ll be looking at the Peugeot 308 (2007-). To get your advice included contact or

Click below to see technical contributions from:

AutoelectroCommon electrical faults explained

BoschHow to diagnose and fix EPS issues

Castrol – Why identifying the right oil is so important

CES – A whole host of issues discussed

First Line – Talks us through its product range for the A4

Meyle – Steering and suspension issues sorted

Comma – More oil and lubrication problems solved

Corteco – The supplier’s latest developments revealed

Exol – Discusses its latest oil launch

RMIIdentifying common faults

TecDoc – Talks through common electrical issues

VM problems ‘benefit’ used market says ECP’s Hamilton

LKQ Euro Car Parts’ CEO speaks about the buoyant used car market and the aging vehicle parc

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New ACEA Heavy-Duty Engine Oil sequences published

New categories to replace obsolete E6 and E9 categories

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Supplier News: Bosch in at Carwood

Famous German brand now stocked by fuel injection firm

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FLP Group opens training centre

Refinish product manufacturer founds product demo and training facility

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Planning granted for large Copart Glasgow site

Work can now commence on faciliity

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