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Test drove an A4 2.8 quattro
In message <9612041440.ZM1296@platypus> Jason Benderly writes:
> There is one thing that concerns me about the Audi. The engine is
> soooo shoe-horned in there. How does anybody do work on it. Could
> not even see the alternator. How the hek do you get to the oxygen sensors.
> What about them spark plugs. I realize that this is supposed to be a low
> maintenance engine, nevertheless, all cars need maintenance. Do Audi
> mechanics know something I don't. Or do they have real thin hands.
> Any comments on this.
Well, the joke says: "A true Audi nut takes his front right headlight out more
often that he takes his wife out."
That's how you change the air filter on an ur-quattro - you take out the right
headlight. I have to change my clutch master cylinder at the weekend, and the
microfiche says I have to remove the steering column and all the other pedals.
Audi mechanics don't have thin hands, but they _do_ have (at least in Germany)
a bewildering array of service tools. Audi assumes that maintenance shops are
_fully_ equipped - not just two wrenches and a hammer. They always use the
ideal fastener for the job. On complex jobs you find yourself using hex
keys, cross-head screwdrivers, shallow and deep sockets, open-ended wrenches,
spline drive bits, etc., each for just one fastener before you move to the next.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club