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Ack! Questions about pro maintenance...
In message <199712292220.OAA03869@bach.marimba.com> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> I went to Tahoe for a week, and the battery duly died. I went to
> German Motors (George Richey's shop) near Tahoe City. He impressed
> me. He does almost nothing but Audis and some VWs now, and he seems
> to really know what he is about. He spent quite a while after closing
> time explaining things to me. Anyway, he replaced the battery. It
> was down to half its normal fluid level. He claims that this kind of
> problem could not happen over a short timespan without making the
> cabin stink to high heaven. Why didn't Reitmeir's catch this problem
> on their numerous battery checks?
Have you asked Reitmeir's?
> He reported that the brake fluid was "black", although Reitmeir's
> claimed that they replaced it recently, and there doesn't seem to be a
Another question for Reitmeir's.
> George called my attention to the fact that if the timing belt is in
> the shape that the other belts are in, I could be in big trouble (is
> this really a turbo interference engine? He said it is). I don't see
> any timing belt replacement in the service records (after 126500
> miles) but I could have missed something. I sure hope so!
The belt will last for the life of the engine. No - that's wrong.
The engine will last for the life of the belt.
> The fuel pump is making quite a loud whine. George said that it's
> probably OK for now (it's been replaced once). His assertion is that
> the fuel pump can die if you just let it suck on air for a short while
> (running the tank empty, or even running on a quarter tank if you go
> over really steep hills, because the fuel can slosh away from the
> intake). Is this really true? It seems inconceivable that anyone
> could design something so ridiculous as a car that self-destructs if
> it runs out of gas.
An old pump _might_ be pushed over the edge by being run dry.
> So, my question is this: should I try to find a better mechanic? Has
> Reitmeir's been lying to me and to the previous owner? Everyone who
> knows the shop at all says good things about Joe and his son Jeff.
> Perhaps they're just not good at hiring help? Honest mistakes? No
> mistakes at all, but simply old information, perhaps? Could the
> battery have suddenly lost half its juice all at once? Could the
> brake fluid he put in be _meant_ to be black?
I'd be cautious.
> More and more I get the impression that if you want something done
> right you really have to do it yourself. Does anyone know if I really
> have to spend $169.95 for the Bentley manuals? Can I get them for
> less? I don't suppose that there's much of a secondhand market for
No, you generally have to pay. Those who've advertised secondhand manuals
on this list have seen dozens of enquiries.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club