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Re: Audi Design Radio problems

In a message dated 9/21/98 Richard_Haroutunian@inso.com writes:

<< The radio in my 5KTQ seems to be dying finally. It's real strange:
sometimes when I turn it on -- nothing happens.  I wiggle the on/off/vol. knob
and it clicks on <snip>  >>

The problem is in the on/off/volume control. Replacing it is not all that fun
(from a repair technician's standpoint...BTDT X more times than I care to
remember when these were new). The PC board is delicate and double sided.
Getting to the thing is the fun part. Not technically difficult, just time
consuming. Once there, barring a good desoldering station, the best way to
remove the sucker is to cut it out carefully from above and heat and remove
the leads one at a time. The best way is to use a good quality vacuum
desoldering station.

There was a post recently with a bunch-o-Audi parts including radios (Chris
S.?). You might want to check that out.

Unless you are really wanting to keep your car stock for whatever reason, I
can see no good reason to sink anything into an old Rothenberg "Audi design"
radio. Your time and energy would be much better spent on a new one. 

You could "get by" by simply bridging the power switch terminals with a wire
soldered to the board and re-routing your radio power through an ignition
switched circuit. HTH (you and all others who are still using the o.e. radios
in their 80's Audis...they really were pretty decent radios in their day for

Mike Veglia
87 5kcstq (P.O. ditched the o.e. radio...and if she hadn't, I would have)