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-=> Matt Howe illuminates us with <=-
MH> Howdy listers, I've got an '85 5ks with a badly leaking steering rack.
MH> I don't mind driving a car without power steering (in fact, I like it
MH> better at highway speeds) but if I let the steering fluid drain
MH> completely away, I lose the vacum power assist for my brakes. This is,
MH> on the other hand, not acceptable. I am wondering if I can plug the
MH> vacum lines to my steering rack, so that I can be without steering
MH> fluid and still brake okay. I do plan to replace my rack, but I get
MH> the feeling I'm pretty po' as compared to most audi owners, so it
MH> could be a couple of months away. Has anyone attempted this kind of
MH> workaround before? I would appreciate any BTDT's.
MH> I can see some logic in using the same pump unit for the brakes and
MH> steering, since you have fewer parts to break down. I don't know if
MH> you've ever tried to stop one of these beasts without power braking
MH> (this is an avant by the way), but I'd consider the vacum assist to be
MH> a critical system. Whereas having no power steering just requires a
MH> little more muscle for parking. Are the newer audis designed
Don't touch anything until you get at least a basic understanding
of how the system works on your car. There is NO vacuum assist,
period. It is a high pressure "bomb" system. A rebuilt rack
will cost around $230 and an afternoon to replace. There is
plenty of info on this in the archives, albeit I personally
find the Quattro archives a royal PITA to sift through.
... Doubt is the root of education, not faith.
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