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The BELT BROKE--almost
So it rained all night and into the morning. Got up, put some extra Rain-X
on, sprayed a little belt stuff on my accident-prone alternator-belt, then
got on highway 280, smiling at the confidence I have driving that sweet 4WD
machine. Going around 75 (can't tell exactly, the speedo/odo work only
intermittently and never in the rain) but I was at around 3000 RPM in 5th.
Rain was coming down in sheets but sheeting right off the windshield. Life
Then it happened. 10 minutes into my glorious commute, a warning buzzer went
off and the amber yellow battery light glowed on. With horror, I looked over
at the volt guage as it plummeted from 12 to 10 to 8. I got off the freeway
to turn around and the ABS light came on. Due to traffic, it took half an
hour to limp it back to Carlsen P-Audi. Wierd thing was- the gauge showed
battery drain on acceleration. At stops, if I pumped the brake, the gauge
would nose up and the battery light would go off. Every once in a while,
just to add to the madness, the ABS light would go off then come back on.
If profanity was acceptable I would be screaming F*CK SH*T as loud as I was
in the car right now. Here's the kicker. The BELT DIDN'T brake, though it's
squealing. I think the alternator is toast, for sure.
I'm bracing for $300. Think that's too low? I'll let y'all know in a few
200QTW '89 IN THE HOSPITAL. Driving Dad's kick-ass Volvo 940SE with same
horsepower as Audi, lot more torque. ABS doesn't seem as good in the rain,