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re: Annoying Engine Tapping

I really doubt that rod would fragment.  

The one thing I feel a strong urge to say is:
	IF you decide the rod should go, by all means take it out 
        yourself.  Most shops/mechanics charge a minimum labor charge, and 
        I'd hate for you to spend $30 for someone else to remove two nuts!

If you'd like a little more info on doing this, please e-mail me direct.  
I've taken mine off 4 or 5 times and I think I've found a way to quiet it 
down except for the 30 seconds or so after cold starts (with the rod left 

Jeremy R. King
1986 VW Quantum GL5
Audi at Heart

On Fri, 3 Nov 1995, heidi hudson wrote:

>      My 88 90Q has the vaccum assist unit.  The tapping has become 
>      progressively worse over the two years I've owned the car.  
>      This week my mechanic recommended removing the rod.  He tells me that 
>      the unit only provides vacuum at idle, and that there is sufficient 
>      vacuum without it.  He has done this mod on 4 audi's with good 
>      results.
>      Something no one has mentioned - the mechanic tells me that metal 
>      fragments from the rod could come loose and cause major damage.