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Wierd problem

In message <Pine.BSI.3.95.961204212905.8643L-100000@mv.mv.com> Trisha Bethen writes:

> A friend of mine just bought his wife an 89 or 90 90Q.  When they first
> got it the oil pressure guage fluctuated.  Today, the water temp and oil
> pressure guages pegged.  Not low on oil, Not low on water.  The chimes
> chimed constantly today.  Now the guages don't work.  No symbols on the
> computer reminder have come up at all.  Should she drive it?  Anyone else
> hear of this?  When the oil pressure pegged, the water temp was
> cold......doesn't make any sense at all......

Yup.  I don't know specifically about the 90Q, but on my urq and Audi 80s there 
are essentially separate chassis grounds for each instrument.  Look for a bunch 
of brown wires screwed to the engine somewhere - usually somewhere near the 
inlet manifold.  Check to see if they're fatigued.  It _can_ be a symptom of a 
worn engine mounting on that side of the car.

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club