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of Overheating starters and self loosening exaust manifolds
I was told that it was rather common with Ur-quattros for the starter to
refuse to turnover after lots of high thrill-factor driving (or anyother
driving that resulted in a hot turbo). Well I experienced this problem
frequently and was told that I simply had to pay lots of money to replace
my starter and wait (shortly) for the symptom to occur again. BUT FOR
ONCE A CHEAP SOLUTION WAS FOUND!!! As I was browsing through a Hot Rod
magazine (in a waiting room -there was nothing better to read) I noticed
a product called a "starter blanket" for $20.00. Ifigured 'what the hell'
and gave it a try. It wraps around the starter and is held together with
velcro. I called the owner of the company and he assured me it could be
used that close to the turbo. After a five-minute installation my starter
problem was cured! 5000 miles later I haven't experienced a single hot
start problem. I don't have their phone no. right now but anyone who is
interested can E-mail me and I'd be glad to provide it.
Self Loosening Exaust manifolds.
Is this truly as common a problem as I have been led to believe?
Is there a solution? I recently had to remove my head to drill out and
replace four broken studs that came as a result of this problem. I
replaced these studs with grade 8 studs of larger diameter and finished
it off with two nuts per stud. three weeks later the first two studs have
begun to loosen up. I installed racers safety wire on the front two but
am Concerned about the rears that are not so easily reached. Is there A
fix? Have you guys solved this problem or simply haven't had the
misfortune of experiencing it? ---