Audi Radiators

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Audi radiators run the gamut of models from the 4000 and 5000 to the popular A4, A6, and A8 vehicles. There are also Audi radiators available for S4, S6, and TT models, as well as older issues from the '90s. Many of these radiators may be swapped between different models with similar-sized engines, though it's crucial to check this in advance before laying out the money to buy them.

A lot of Audi parts are notoriously expensive, namely because Audis are built to demanding specifications. That said, it's not uncommon to find Audi radiators online for well under 100 dollars, many of which remain in pristine condition. As evidence of wear and corrosion becomes more apparent, price tends to drop accordingly. A radiator that's seen 30,000 or 40,000 miles might go for as little as 10 or 15 bucks, depending on where you shop.

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Say you purchase a radiator for your new A8 sedan, only to find that it's not in fact your radiator that's causing your problems. Can that part be installed on your 1999 A4? As it turns out, not necessarily. While your A4 may take a spare radiator from, say, an old Quattro or 5000 series, there's no guarantee that your A8 radiator will fit. Many of the new Audis have been built from a radically different design than that of '90s-era Audis.

The same holds true when it comes to other cooling system accessories such as radiator fans and belts. Just because these parts are, from an engineering standpoint, less sophisticated than other radiator specs doesn't mean that they are interchangeable. If you've never worked on cars before, you're best off asking a rep at your dealership or perhaps a sales clerk from an aftermarket parts retailer about compatibility questions.


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