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In message <Pine.SUN.3.91.970401094040.10626A-100000@marjoram.compnews.co.uk> Mike writes:

> Well the car is still not running, but it has been. Basically it was made 
> to run by removing the top off the Air Mass Sensor, and manually pulling 
> up the metal plate a little bit. So the theory is, that for some reason 
> the plate is not being pulled up far enough when trying to start the 
> engine. Does this rule out the fuse problem with the ECU?

If it will run at all, yes.
Have you tried spinning it on the starter for five seconds and then pulling the 
codes (without turning the ignition off, natch)?
Lifting the plate provides mechanical fuel enrichment.  If it won't run from 
cold without the plate lifted, there are a few ideas.  Favourite still has to 
be a complete failure of the control pressure regulator (a.k.a. warm-up valve) 
which is putting system pressure onto the top of the fuel distributor plunger.  

I've got a dead one here that has failed in the _other_ direction - applying 
too _little_ pressure - that you could swap in if you feel like trying.
I've forgotten how serious your manipulations were - how did all this start?

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