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I had a local independent shop specializing in steering systems and
suspensions rebuild my pump for $100. I believe most of this price was
labour because the mechanic worked on it nearly whole day, so they
probably used the $15 kit. They gave me 6 months warranty for the
rebuild pump and after nearly 10k miles it's still working fine. While I
talked to them they explained to me that not every leaking pump can be
repaired using the seal kit. According to their words, if one keeps
adding Pentosin and drives the car with leaky pump for extended time,
some internal parts in the pump can go bad and if they do, the pump is

Aleksander Mierzwa
Warsaw, Poland
87 Audi 5000CS turbo (mine)
88 Renault Medallion wagon (mom's)
91 mountain bike (just in case both cars broke at the same time :-)

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Osman Parvez [SMTP:oparvez1@Nycap.rr.com]
> Sent:	Friday, December 12, 1997 8:33 AM
> To:	quattro
> Subject:	
> [...]
> Okay, I qualify as a someone who has recently replaced the PS pump. My
> first inclination was to try the rebuild kit route, and I checked into
> it
> at work. I'm currently working at a dealership with a very
> knowledgeable
> service writer. We spoke about the rebuild kit for a while, and he
> told me
> that he and the techs had tried it several times and failed miserably.
> Even
> on his own car. He backed it up by telling me that even the techs go
> for
> completely rebuilt pumps instead of the kit.. "and if they could save
> a
> buck, don't you think they would??" 
> [...]
> On the other hand, I know of one lister who used the $15 rebuild kit
> and
> was succesful at the time of installation (last summer). I don't know
> if
> it's still leak free though. I recall it took him more than one try to
> get
> it right. You can ask Paul Waterloo about that. 
> [...]
> Good luck.
> Osman Parvez
> 89 200q
> 170K