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In message <199706251119.MAA11096@mailserver.nhm.ac.uk> email@example.com (Graham Thackrah) writes:
> I too would like to know what that noise is after starting, I reckon it may
> be the little gear on the starter motor not disengaging from the big gear
> (excuse lack of proper terms) properly. It doesn't do it when starting from
> hot and it has been doing it for a long time with no obvious deterioration.
Take it off (only two bolts), brush all the rust off and lubricate the pivots
on the pre-engaging lever. Opinions differ as to whether the cog and spindle
should be lubricated. Disconnect the battery first - otherwise the big
cable _WILL_ cause a fire if it touches the chassis.
> I would also like to know how to stop the headrest from tilting backwards,
> although I suspect "they all do that sir".
Your headrests are too low. The pivot point should be exactly level with the
point at which your head touches the headrest. If you're a significantly
different height from other drivers of the car (my wife is 9" shorter than me)
you _must_ adjust the headrest when changing drivers. If the headrest tilts
backwards when your head touches it, just imagine what's going to happen in an
accident - when your head hits it with _real_ force. It will tend to stretch
(and in extreme cases break) your neck.
Even if you can make the pivot stiff enough to hold against casual pressure -
you'll _NEVER_ make it hold against the sort of forces met in accidents.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club