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Re: help resuscitate an old Audi
No, that's not a fair price. A rebuilt rack should cost around $250. The
headlight switch & headliner are both available used cheap. The hydraulic
system on this car is an evil Nazi plot that probably dates back to Hitler &
the SS. Knowing that they would lose the war, they designed a car that yuppie
Jews would buy in the 80's which would drive us to the brink of suicide trying
to fix. Sorry about that. Regardless, try Brandywine Foreign Auto
> Hi everyone,
> I'm a new list member. Sorry to bomb the list with this question,
> but the web page search engine is down and there are hundreds of
> messages in the archive; I just can't read them all.
> I have an '85 5000S (5sp) that I inherited and I need to get it through
> Maryland inspection. It "only" has 112k miles, but there's quite
> a laundry list of things I need to fix to get it to pass inspection.
> I need some advice on several of them:
> - steering rack. Seems to be leaking inside the boots on the inner
> end of the boot. (Both sides). Shop is quoting me $750 for a rebuilt
> rack, not counting labor. Fair price? What's the best source for
> these? I saw the writeup of the replacement procedure and it looks
> doable but more than I want to get into without a garage to work in.
> How many hours labor should I expect?
> - other hydraulic items:
> - hydraulic fluid appears to be being pushed out the reservoir cap.
> - there's a possible leak underneath the brake booster/master cylinder
> - one shop thought the pump might be overpressurizing the system?
> - what's a reasonable cost to get all this fixed?
> - who designed this thing anyway?
> - front wheel bearings
> - what's a good parts price? How many hours labor?
> - drum brake cylinder leaking -
> - I've never worked on drum brakes before. Can I just replace the
> cylinder, or ...?
> - The headlight lever is broken off. You can still turn the lights on
> and off but of course it doesn't pass inspection. They're quoting me
> over $300 for the whole switch assembly. Time to try a salvage yard
> I guess, unless anyone's got an old worn out switch that I can pull
> the lever from?
> - The headliner is sagging. I was going to try tacking it up with those
> corkscrew-shaped upholstery pins, but the insulation seems to be tougher
> than the pins I bought. In a past (Saab) life, I found that the 3M
> spray-on adhesives don't seem to work that well. Other ideas?
> - Anyone in the Rockville, MD area care to volunteer some garage space
> and Audi expertise if I decide to take any of this on myself?
> No, it wasn't meticulously maintained like most of the listmembers' cars.
> It's otherwise in very good shape; once I get these problems ironed out,
> I should have a real Audi again.
> Thanks. Sorry if these are in an FAQ somewhere; I did look for it first!