I was just thinking it would be easier to remove the front end and radiator for room.
Nice video FK161. It seems similar to my A3. Same thing happened to me where the nipple broke off the coolant pipe. What a lot of work to get to it. I don't have a lift and will have to do it on car ramps.
Thanks for the input men. Waiting on parts to get here.
What a PITA that was. I have a question about the oil cooler hoses. They seem to be squeezed in too tight. Is that normal. I could see why the nipple breaks of the coolant pipe with the pressure of the hose and the minimal room there. I really had to force the hoses in just to install the oil cooler back to the block. Will these hoses expand and form to shape once pressure and engine heat is introduced? Also I had to use a little vacuum grease on the o-ring where the coolant pipe meets the engine block. I could not just push it in. I tried for the longest time and it would not budge. I applied the slightest amount of the vacuum grease and it slid right in. I also applied a little, I stress little, bit of silicone to the o-ring and thermostat housing before installing to block. Okay to do?
Thanks for the input!