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My 1996 Audi A4 1.8 always starts when cold, without pressing the gas pedal. But when the engine has been run the engine turns over but it then struggles to fire up. Once the engine is running the idle speed is uneven and there is hesitation when first accellerating in 1st gear. There is also a mysterious high pitched chirping sound from the engine whilst at idle speed and the exhaust tail pipe sprays out water, even after driving on a long trip. "Please Help"
From standstill when I floor the gas pedal the engine pauses, with an almost complete lack of power, which results in the car hardly moving. I need to raise the engine speed by pressing the clutch back in again or nothing happens. If I drive away from rest slowly however, there doesn't seem to be a problem. If however I'm driving along in 4th gear at say 30mph and accelerate, there is little response and I need to drop into 3rd. I also need 3rd to climb even the mildest slope of a hill. The engine idles erratically and seems very noisy at idle - sounds like its a diesel when it's a 1.8 20v petrol. Driving at 70mph in 5th, no problems. Please help!
To begin with, the engine never starts without heavy pedal assistance from me. When I stop revving the engine (when cold or hot) the rev counter flutters above and below 1000rpm with the engine struggling to settle. This repeats about 8 times before finally settling at a rock steady 850rpm.