Having problems with your Audi A4 ?

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\015 I have an Audi a4 avant 1998 6 cly. 87k miles code p306,changed plugs has oil on old ones any ideas, plugs 4,5,6\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 20-11-2017

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P0306 is a misfire on cylinder number 6. The fact that you have oil on those plugs may or may not be causing it. The oil on the plugs is because of a leaking "internal" valve cover gasket. First thing I'd do is change the valve cover gaskets. Audi will murder you if you want them to do it (I've heard of people quoted $700 or more for this job). It's VERY easy to do. You can order the gaskets from www.ecstuning.com or www.purems.com for about $25 per side. I'd change them for sure, as they're a known issue on these cars.

Now, if your new plugs and changing the gaskets (and cleaning up of course) doesn't fix the misfire, you need to swap coil packs around and see where the code goes. The coil packs are the three parallel items on the top front center of the engine under the beauty cover. Trace the #6 wire back to see which coil pack it goes to. Then swap that pack with another pack, clear the codes, and fire up the car. See if the check engine light comes back and if so, scan the car to see what codes come up. If you still get P0306, then the failure didn't move, and the coil pack is not the issue (in your case, it's likely to be the wire, since you have new plugs and swapping coils didn't work). If the misfire moved to a different cylinder (one which is now hooked up to the coil pack that was originally firing the #6 cylinder) then that coil pack is bad and must be replaced (another known issue on the A4).
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