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Re: FYI Stunning Prices
> Audi parts expensive...No way..really?
> I just bought a Power Steering hose for my 1990 V8. It's a
> two foot hose that goes from the PS pump to the accumulator
> (hand granade) and it cost me $280.00 !! List on this piece
> of rubber is over $340.00! You want to drive like a sport..
> I guess you have to pay like a sport.
JF> I read this with interest. My 90 V8 arrived on tuesday & was promptly
JF> taken into dealer for perusal. We put it straight up on hoist &
JF> started looking around. Jim the mechanic pointed out the hose and
JF> commented that he had replaced it on a V8 last week. he went on to say
JF> that it is common for the rest of the hoses to fail shorty after one
JF> has been replaced. So much so that they order a full set rather than
JF> having to wait when the next hose goes.
JF> Given the ludicrous prices from Audi, has anyone tried to replace the
JF> hoses with ones from a hydraulic hose specialist?
Welcome to the V8 club. I changed the hose today, and inspected
the old hose. Seems that it didn't have a specific leak, just
got porous over time. However, I doubt that any other hoses
will be going soon. (I'm hoping to convince myself here.)
They don't operate under the same pressure. The reservoir hose
isn't that expensive (for Audi anyway), it's $89.00.
I also noticed some small pieces of black rubber inside the
screen of the banjo bolt...a sure sign of deterioration.
So far, since buying the car in August, I've changed the oil,
($20 oil filter..joy oh joy), done the PS hose, fixed a
problem with the automatic stop on the headlamp wipers,
did a radio swap (Audi dealer didn't charge the usual $85 because
the radio wouldn't take any code) and I ordered the repair manual
on micro fiche. (The fiche has been on backorder since August.)
I'm going to do the following as soon as I get the fiche:
Change the drive (fan) belt.
Change the timing belt.
Check the Tranny Fluid.
Replace a not too bad, but getting there, motor mount.
Replace the two cracked black molding pieces between
the rear door and glass.
Change all 4 Dunlops for some decent tires. (Any suggestions?)
Change the tranny fluid, differential oils, and brake fluid.
I do all my own work, and did my teething on my 5000S, which
kind of prepares one to tackle the mighty V8.
What did "Jim" discover when he inspected your car? I'd really
be interested in knowing so that I can keep an eye out for
potential weak spots. I did have the PS hose on my 5000S
fabricated by a local AC specialist shop, but I had to
cut the banjo fittings and reweld them to new standard
crimp fittings. It was a pain, and the hose began seeping
after two years, so I just bit the bullet and bought
OEM on this one.
... A big enough hammer fixes anything