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5000 blower and steak knives

*** Resending note of 04/30/96 02:46                                            
Frank J. Bauer                                                                  
dassault systemes of America     email:fjbauer@dsavm.e-mail.com                 
Subject: 5000 blower and steak knives                                           
here is the post from eric.                                                     
i have made a few edits/additions - i just performed this procedure on tuesday. 
use the time you would have spent going out for RTV and do the job properly -   
and you won't need it or the knife!  (my changes marked with "fjb>")            

Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 02:46:13 -0400                                           
From: STEADIRIC@aol.com                                                         
To: fjbauer@dsavm.e-mail.com, quattro@coimbra.ans.net                           
Subject: Re: TqW A/C gremlins (longish post)                                    

>i think stediric once posted a treatise entitled "how to replace your          
>blower on the side of a freeway in a snowstorm with a ginsu knife, a           
>#2 phillips and duct tape"                                                     
>(or something like that) so if anyone has a copy laying around, please e       
>me since i may need it soon.                                                   

Hey I resemble that!  Here is the post in it's entirity....  I might            
humbly suggest that all 5K/100/200/V8 owners save this post.... You WILL        
need it sometime!                                                               


Well I finally got around to doing the heater blower in my beast, Heated        
driver's seat is next but I have a REAL good idea where the heater is           
broken.... Kinda where it burned me would be a clue.  Okay I think I've         
got a faster way but it's just a little ugly.... Here's how I did it.           
With this method you only have to raise the blower box up about 3 inches,       
and it can be done in about half an hour.                                       

Tools required:                                                                 
2 Flat bladed screwdrivers one short and one of the MONDO varitey.              
1 Short Phillips head screwdriver                                               
10mm socket                                                                     
12 or 13mm socket (I can't remember)                                            
fjb> it's a 13mm                                                                
3" and 9" extender bar and Ratchet                                              
Outside Snap ring pilers or Needle Nose Pliers                                  
Some RTV or Silcone                                                             
fjb> not necessary!                                                             
1 6" Steak Knife.....  Yes I said 6" steak knife.                               
fjb> not necessary!                                                             

Remove wiper blades with the 10mm socket.                                       
fjb>                     it's a 13mm                                            
fjb>  watch for the spring washer when you pop the blades loose                 
Remove the black plastic shield with the Audi Logo on it.                       
fjb> careful popping the clips or you'll crack the shield                       
Remove the wiper assembly 12 or 13mm Socket here, You might want to lube        
fjb>                     it's a 10mm                                            
the linkage while it's out....                                                  
fjb> you might want to vacuum all the crap out of the area at this point        
Remove the Heater box Retaining strap with the phillips driver.                 
Remove the Upper Radiator hose to dump about 1 quart of coolant and             
reinstall this will prevent a mess in the next step.                            
Remove the Heater core supply and return lines.                                 
Remove the Electric plug and Outside Snap ring from the back of the             
blower motor.                                                                   
Shove the Black Blower duct into the heater box.                                
fjb> up to the bellows                                                          
Take the small Flat bladed screwdriver and run it around the seal on the        
the firewall to loosen it.                                                      
fjb> just need to pry it loose here and there - enough so it will move some.    
fjb> now go into the passenger compartment and remove the lower panels,         
fjb> console panels and footwell ducts from both sides. also remove             
fjb> currogated ducts for upper vents from both sides.  now everything will     
fjb> move freely enough for the next step.                                      
Take the MONDO Driver and Pry between the Engine bay firewall and the           
blower housing to raise the housing 3".                                         
fjb> raise the housing enough so that the Black Blower duct will clear the      
fjb> black A/C heat exchanger box.  it may help to do some of this from         
fjb> inside the passenger compartment since there is much left/right clearance  
fjb> here.  the blower housing can be tilted up slightly on the passenger       
fjb> side to acheive the necessary clearance.                                   
With the housing raised take the steak knife and cut the black blower           
duct so that it can be compressed on itself and slid futher into the            
blower box duct.                                                                
fjb> skip the last step                                                         
Remove the 2 visable phillips head screws holding the blower duct adapter       
onto the blower housing.                                                        
fjb> remove all three screws - you may need a long phillips for the lower one.  
Take the MONDO screwdriver and break the lower screw out of the blower          
fjb> skip the last step                                                         
Remove the duct adapter.                                                        
Remove the Blower Motor cooling hose.                                           
Push the blower out of the housing through the duct hole.                       

Install as they say is the reverse of the removal.  Use the RTV or              
Silicone to seal the black duct that you cut and the blower housing back        
to the firewall.  That's it.  I did this in Half an Hour by myself in 30F       
fjb> skip the RTV part - add < hour to your time estimate.                      
fjb> when lowering and repositioning the blower housing, make sure the          
fjb> oval rubber grommet/hose thingy on the bottom lines up with the opening    
fjb> atop the transmission tunnel.                                              


Eric Fletcher                                                                   
'87 5KCSTQIA2RSR2B                                                              
St. Louis, MO                                                                   


fjb> muchas garcias to stediric!                                                
fjb> l8r...                                                                     
fjb> frank 86 TqW