On Mar 20, 1:04pm, Stephen I Jagernauth wrote:
> Subject: Struts from hell
> Haynes just says 'pry the ball-joint loose" showing a picture so no special
> tools needed. Only thing I did not try was compressing the springs on the
> car? Is this the trick? BTW, I'm replacing oil-filled original struts with
> Boge Turbo Gas, also replacing the strut bearings, bump stops and boots so
> practical to do this on the car.
Do you mean the lower balljoint, which is connected to the strut
assembly via a knuckle? If so, the procedure is straightforward
(just did it this weekend) if not physically easy:
1. Remove bolt from knuckle (needs to be replaced, 10.9 hardness,
2. Get a four to five-foot long lever : I used a GI pipe as a
sleeve on a "pitchfork" ball joint separator. Get the end of the
lever on the underside of the A frame (?) and lever the balljoint
down: unless you're very strong, you'll have to stand on it. The
ball joint will separate and the strut assembly will work loose.
To get the strut out, you also have to separate the tie-rod end: if
you don't want to ruin the balljoint there, use a screw-type
separator. Then remove the three nuts on the mounting apron
under the hood, and the whole assembly will fall down (I mean
literally: you need to hold it firmly and it's pretty heavy).
But the entire procedure is unnecessary if you're only changing
the strut cartridge. VW/Audi (and probably all front-end shops)
have a special tool that allows you to unscrew the cartridge without
even jacking up the car: replacement looks like a ten-minute job
going by Bentley. I'm due to have mine done at Sears when they
get my cartridges in (cheap Gabriels): both fronts for $80
And, about your power antenna .....
On Mar 20, 12:09pm, Stephen I Jagernauth wrote:
> Subject: Broken Pwr Antenna
> I'm trying to fix the little bugs with the 5KT. The power antenna does not
> up. I removed the clear hose attached to the base of the antenna in the
> and there is no vacuum present with engine running. Is the antenna
Coincidentally, I have mine out right now (original Bosch). It's
electrically operated, and the clear hose is a water drain.
(Yes, I thought it was vacuum operated when I saw the hose, too!).
Mine went up one day and wouldn't come down. The nylon "cable"
inside is broken: Joe Garibaldi (are you listening, Joe?) described
his clever fix to me at our Bay Area quattro meet a few weeks ago:
maybe he can enlighten us both.
Or maybe we should both just go buy ourselves new Harada's ...