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FW: Overfilled V8, need a
-=> Quoting Lewis Schnaper <=-
RSP> Hi. I'm the new owner of a 92 V8 and am still in the phase where I'm
RSP> a little intimidated by the "new" hardware..
RSP> Yesterday the oil change place overfilled the engine (to a little over
RSP> the top of the little plastic limit marker on the dipstick). Today
RSP> I've got a small puddle on the garage floor and a little bit of burning
RSP> oil on hard running.
Don't EVER, EVER, take a car you care anything about, least
of all a V8 Quattro to an "oil changed place". They don't
know their ass from their elbow on Ford Escorts and you
trust them with your V8Q??
RSP> Some questions:
RSP> Is oil coming out of a breather somewhere or (sigh) have I blown a
RSP> Is it safe to drive it like this (till I can get it back to the shop
RSP> that did the work on Monday) or should I have it reduced asap?
RSP> I'd appreciate a direct reply.
There are several well documented leak spots on the V8Q,
take an afternoon and check the archives for Quattro. At
best the place left the filter loose, screwed up your
oil drain plug, spilled oil all over the place when
changing it, replaced the old filter when they found
out that they didn't stock the filter, and so on.
First place to look would be the breather hoses that
run under the air filter, they are usually rotted, then
the usual places you'd look for a leak on any other car.
My friends Foreign Repair shot did 2 Mercyless Benz's
last week for the local Quicky Oil Change
Place. A Mercyless Diesel to the tune of $5000 because
they stripped the oil filter bolt and all the oil pissed
out. The other was a newer Benz, instead of hydraulic
oil, they refilled/topped off the hydraulic reservoir
with a half gallon of brake fluid...$3500, they
didn't want to pay, but they made the mistake of
charging the customer for the brake fluid on the
If you're not up to doing the work yourself, find a good
reputable independent Audi mechanic with V8 Quattro
experience to work on the car. You own a car that
most people have never heard of, can't recognise when
they see it, didn't know existed in the first place,
is put together like no other, and you take it to
a quickie oil change place? It's like going to
Vet if you need a checkup, instead of an MD.
'66 Stang, coming out of storage next weekend
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