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Fw: quattro quirks
From: Thomas Turse <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 1998 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: quattro quirks
>Thanks James. I really appreciate your advice. I am the previous owner of
>a long line of VW's (jettas, golfs,GLIs, etc..) and new the cars pretty
>well. This is my first quattro, and I'm addicted. I got a really good
>on the car but it has its quirks. Any thoughts on the cooling fan? When
>and how often should it come on. One mechanic, who new the cars very well,
>said it was coming on too frequently for the cold temperatures. My old VW
>mechanic wasn't sure but said it would be good in the summer. When the fan
>does come on it doesn't seem like it drops the temp on the gauge at all.
>Like on the GLI as soon as the temp reached a certain point, the fan
>on and brought the temp down very quickly. Just trying to get an idea how
>hot these cars usually run and if the problem, if it is a problem, can be
>easily repaired. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
>p.s. what is "4ks and 4kq" in reference to your cars?
>Thomas C. Turse
>From: James Marriott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: Thomas Turse <email@example.com>
>Date: Monday, January 12, 1998 10:26 PM
>Subject: Re: quattro quirks
>>Thomas Turse wrote:
>>> I've been recently having some minor problems with my 85 4000s Q.
>>> I've been told that the cooling fan is coming on too early and too
>>> frequently. I've replace the thermo-fan switch and thermostat with no
>>> change. Also, when the fan comes on or off, the headlights and the
>>> heater/blower fan click/dim for a split second-
>>As do most. Startup current is ~40 amps. Running is ~15 amps.
>>> and the fan even comes on
>>> at full throttle- which I was told should not happen.
>>You were told wrong. The 4kq only has a single-speed fan.
>>> Secondly, the front
>>> differential is not locking.
>>It's actually the center differential. The front is "open" and has no
>>> The rear diff. locks fine but the front one
>>> won't lock when control switched to position 1. It can be manually
>>> from underneath and then the light comes on at the dash. Could this be
>>> plastic vacuum switch on the outside of the transmission.
>>Likely the actuator servo on the transaxle. When you flip the console
>>switch, do you hear any hissing, like from a vacuum leak to the center
>>> Finally, the
>>> parking brake light on the dash comes on and off intermittently from
>>> to time. I disconnected the wiring at the brake handle and it still
>>You either have a short in the handle wiring or the fluid level is low.
>>The master cylinder cap has a "dipstick" that's wired into the light.