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Audi Gods Relent!
I don't know how, but I must have hit the Audi gods on a day of
kindness and benevolence. I had a GREAT day in the shop today!
I mnaged four things - and a success on EVERY one!
1) Replaced the broken lock link on the Audi's driver door; a 3
hour job requiring removal of the interior frame of the door....and
figuring out how to transfer the tumblers from one cylinder, complete
with LEETLE TIIIIINY springs which go with each tumbler. AND IT
WORKED! My thanks to the Hon. J. Goggin (aka: AudiDudi) for steering
me to the frame removal. It was a bit more complex than advertised,
but manageable. (If you need any hints on transferring the tumbler
links from one lock cylinder to another, email....there's an updat to
the lock cylinders in the '90 200 which eplaces those weak lock links
with a stamped steel part - but which requires changing the lock
cylinder as well. If you don't have circlip pliers, don't even try
2) Replaced the "bomb". I've had problems with this DAMN thing for
18 months! And the replacement works SUPER! Now I'm fairly sure
that we've never had a good bomb in the 200 for the three years we've
owned it! We've never had so much brake pedal travel before it
bottomed out, and NO brake light warning, even with 10 fast
brake pedal pumps at idle!! WOWSERS!!
3) I had a CLUNK under the car - and FOUND IT. There were two loose
bolts on the front sway bar (One bolt per side was about one to two
turns loose) and the bottom suspension link on the RF side had
one loose bolt where it mounts to the sub-frame, about two turns
loose. These take a 19mm socket and open end wrench, and they're not
that easy to reach...but NO MORE CLUNK!!
4) Finally, I've had a loose bumper fascia on the Audi, and I found
out that by pulling the RF parking light (2 screws) I had immediate
access to the area where the fascia sticks thru the bumper, allowing
me to apply the retaining clip needed to hold it in place.
Also - in the process of finding out how to get the bumper fascia
back in place, I removed the rectangular plastic duct which goes
form the bumper fascia to the oil cooler in the RF corner - and found
a few leaves in there which could partially block it. Cleaned them
out and probably improved the oil cooling.
Four successful operations (and one nice discovery) in 5 hours! Ain't
that a GREAT day in the shop?? Especially when there's cold Red Dawg
in da 'fridge??
Have a super weekend! Yoicks!!...da brewskis!!!!
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