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Re: A4 Driveline Shudder

On Mon, 9 Dec 1996, Dan Masi wrote:
> On Dec 8,  7:23pm, Andy Poling wrote:
> > Mine has a shudder that feels more like a control system
> oscillating
> > than the mechanicals.
> That's exactly what I thought when I first felt mine shudder.
> Bad control system design.  But someone recently mentioned
> soft engine mounts, and I believe that could easily be the
> problem.

Yech - I hope not.  That would imply that we're stuck with it.  I also worry
about fatiguing other parts due to the twisting.

Maybe it's a combination, where the engine twisting is feeding back into the
throttle linkage or something.  I can't believe, given Audi pilots' appetite
for performance, that this would have gone un-noticed in testing (if it is,
in fact, an intrinsic problem in the engine mount design).

I intend to be pretty stubborn about this when I take it to the dealer since
I intend on keeping my A4Q for quite a while and I don't want to end up
replacing a bunch of torque-fatigued parts a few years from now... right
after the warranty expires.


'91 Miata: "ZIP"          '96 A4 Quattro: "ZOOM"       '84 Yam RZ350: "ZING"