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Vehicle shaking on accelleration. CV joints???
I left that awful little town up country yesterday morning at 6:30am.
Got down to Cape Town by 6:30pm. Distance is about 1300km. Odd thing,
the car says 9.5 hours travelling, it would have been less if I didn't
run by the turnoff and had to travel another 160km to get back to it.
That happens when you're flying along at a steady 160km/h. Anyway,
finally got into the hot Karoo region and the car started to cook
a bit, about 100 celcius on the gauge so I had to stop for a while to
let it cool and then eased it on steadily until the weather got
cooler and there were more long downhills. Odd thing, I was pottering
along at about 120-140km/h most of the time the engine was hot (ie.
running over 90 celcius and close to 100) and I was just getting passed
all the time by Golfs, BMW, Audi, everything and they were all flying
along at 160+. I've never had my car run 100 celcius before and was
just wandering what other 200t owners consider "overheating". Would a
good radiator flush help reduce coolant temperature? My coolant overflow
tank is well coated in rusty scale.
I'm now back at sea level after 5 months up country. When I got up
there for the first time the car was thumping like mad as it was running
very rich. So it was tuned up. Now I'm back down here and the turbo
is saying: "Damn, I love all this air!!" :) It is going like a mad
Downside, everything sounds different down here now. On hard
accelleration I used to get tremors from the front left of the motor.
Now it is really hard tremors that really send large vibrations
through the car. The CV joints are recon'd ones, that's what the dealer
did when I got the car from him.
I was wandering if anyone ever used used CV joints as replacements for
recon'd joints? I mean, taking the original joints from a, say, used
or smashed Audi and fitting it into the Audi with recon'd joints. I was
thinking of hitting the scrapyards while I'm down here, finding some
smashed or old Audi 200 cars of the same year as my 200t and getting
the old parts as my financing is pretty damn tight (about $200 for
rotors, shocks, brake bomb, doors, locks, etc. etc. :-> )
Another thing in South Africa is that Audi parts are twice as expensive
as VW parts. This also applies to the VW Microbus parts, even though
the I5 in the microbus is the same motor as the Audi I5. The reason
I'm going on about this is that I was thinking of looking for the
same CV joints from a VW Microbus. Supposedly the Turbo (200t) cars
were fitted with larger CV joints than the NA I5 cars. The Microbus
that got the I5 from Audi also got the larger CV joints. I was wandering
if any VW/Audi tech or mechanic on this list ever uses parts between
them as they are essentially the same parts. The name "Audi" here
is German for "multiply by 2 on sunny days, and 3 on rainy days".
I have several pieces I am intending to get from scrapyards:
1. CV joints
2. (unwarped) rotors
3. T- or Y-joint for the crankcase/cylinder head breather
system (is this the same on 1990 200 and 200t cars?)
4. window mechanisms for rear-right door
5. possibly lock mechanisms/central locking vacuum pump for
6. rubber seal on front bumper
7. auxiliary water pump (but only if I'm lucky enough to
find a smashed 200t)
So, anyone fitting old CV joints instead of recon'd ones? Anyone
using the 2.5 litre I5 VW Microbus CV joints in Audi cars? (The engines
are the same, just pointing in different directions. :))
"a thousand miles from here, there is another person smiling"
1990 Turbo (200T)
name : gerard van vught
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