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Well it was a cold and wet day in the North of England, so no better place to be than in the garage to start the winter deep clean.

I’ve had my R8 for about four months and I’m probably not your normal R8 owner, I have a very normal job, and saved long and hard to be able to afford my dream car, with 28k on the clock.
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With the outrageous prices Audi charge for R8 parts (£2,800 for a headlight), preventative maintenance is very important for me, giving me the chance to identify items that are coming up for replacement or look like they could fail in the near future, giving me the chance to try and source replacement items from forums like R8Talk and of course good old eBay. I always try and source OEM parts if possible and carry out most of the work myself. Servicing will be carried out by R8 specialists but maintenance will be down to myself.

And so the Deep Clean and inspection starts. Luckily I have a double garage and a good tool kit 😁😁😁

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Started off with the drivers side, gave everything a good clean and checked the mag ride shocks, no leaks. Brake pads have plenty of meat on them and will be fine for quite some time. Amazing how quickly the underside gets filthy, even though the previous owner said he never intentionally took the car out in the wet. Took me a day to steam clean and treat the underside to a light treatment of WD40. But overall I was pleased to find no leaks or items that needed replacing.

On to the near side ……

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Pleased to say that I found the near side much the same as the drivers side. No fluid leaks, nothing obvious needing replacement, I did find evidence of the front near side of the bumper has been repaired at some time in its life, looks like it may have come into contact with a kerb, as the repair is only on the lower edge corner, and some of the under tray fasteners need replacing.

So far so good, no unwelcome surprises.
 

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Looks great! I wish I was as meticulous as you with the steam cleaning! I purchased my car about a year ago and had a similar experience removing wheel liners last winter. I ordered a bunch of replacement fasteners, thinking I had enough. Not even close - there are so many! I replaced the ones showing the most rust, but would like to replace some more.

I'm planning to do some more invasive maintenance this winter - a 60k mile service on the engine! Luckily, I can take my time and do it over several weekends.
 

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A double garage certainly comes in handy when you need to do maintenance jobs. This is just the start, over the next few weeks I’ll get the under trays off to get to the whole engine and transmission, the following weekend will be the front under trays, as there are a few fasteners missing and some rusty fasteners that I’d like to replace. The never ending story 😅😅😅
 

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It's looking very nice. What are you using for the steam cleaning, and how much run off does it produce? Do you put a tray down underneath to catch the runoff?
 

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Very nice Jim, exactly what I did last week on mine.

If you jet wash here on the rear arch facing forwards in that vent you'll get loads of stones and dirt out.
 

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V10MANUAL : Many Thanks, that's really useful information.

I did vacuum out lots of small stones and grit from the recesses on the rear wishbones, right at the top where the wishbone attaches to the chassis there are a lot of recesses on the wishbone where grit accumulates.
 

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V10MANUAL : Many Thanks, that's really useful information.

I did vacuum out lots of small stones and grit from the recesses on the rear wishbones, right at the top where the wishbone attaches to the chassis there are a lot of recesses on the wishbone where grit accumulates.
Thank you thats useful too.

I'm not OCD but I do love giving my car a good clean haha. I'm keeping it forever and enjoy taking care of it. I'll spend 3 to 4 hours cleaning and detailing it each time.

Hopefully adding a 458 soon. How will I cope cleaning 2 cars I will have no time :LOL:.
 

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LOL....... I'm the same when it comes to cars like the R8, my buddies laugh when I tell them that I'm cleaning the underside of the car.
Haha. Nothing more therapeutic than cleaning cars! Genuinely love mine 😂.
 
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GOD this makes me want to clean the underside of my car!
Has anyone got a good guide to cleaning everything correctly?

Just had mine for a week, but have used it twice in the rain (had no choice) and a good deep clean before it goes into its cozy warm winter garage it would be nice to know that the WHOLE car is completely clean :)

beautiful organization and documentation btw!
 

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I'm doing this! I have all winter and QuickJacks to help! Ordered a pressurized handheld steam cleaner, will be getting to work in Jan!
 

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Good work. Last winter i did something very similar, took all the arch liners and undertrays off and degreased those. The amount of stones and dirt behind them was amazing.

Treated everything to some sealant and it still is clean in there now.

Also replaced all the T30 Torx with stainless items.
 

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Discussion Starter · #19 · (Edited)
Handy info re lifting points …….. personally I raise the car initially using the central sill lifting point using the proper lifting pad, just enough to to remove the wheels, Then use my hydraulic jacks on the lower wishbones to raise the car enough to for me to work under it, replacing the hydraulic jacks with axle stands on the suspension points (wishbones), all safe and no risk of damage.

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