2012 Audi A3 Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2012 Audi A3 based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
The 2006 - 2017 Audi A3 2.0FSI, 2.0TFSI, and 3.2FSI direct injection engines are subject to carbon buildup in the intake system which can cause power loss, OBD codes and a check engine light, and a rough idle. In normal engines, the engine is cleaned by the gasoline flowing through the injectors and into the intake system, however, the A3 uses direct injection so gasoline does not flow through common carbon buildup areas.
The solution is to remove the intake manifold and professionally clean the intake manifold, intake ports on the cylinder head, and the intake valves. This may need to be done in as few as 20,000 miles.
The Audi A3 2.0T FSI and Audi A3 2.0TFSI engine looses power if the turbocharging system has a leak. The most common turbo boost leak is a torn rubber diaphragm on the diverter valve, which is intended to open only if pressure gets too high. Common symptoms are increased turbo noise when letting off of the gas pedal, power loss, and engine code P0234.
If there is a turbocharging system leak, the system will need to be inspected, and the defective seals and/or valve will require replacement.
2.0L turbo charged engines may develop a hesitation on acceleration and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light due to a failed high pressure fuel pump or a worn camshaft follower or camshaft. Our technicians tell us that whenever the high pressure fuel pump is replaced the camshaft and the follower should be checked for wear. The camshaft lobe pushes on the follower to operate the high pressure fuel pump. Frequent oil changes and use of synthetic oil may help with this wear issue.