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Re: 5k coolant leak

In message <37c836a3.1091289@mail.c2i.net> eyvind.spangen@c2i.net (Eyvind Spangen) writes:

> >Probably your water pump. These have been know to fail soon after they begin
> >leaking, so it is worth checking it.

> Fail how, and how soon? Seize and snap the timing belt, or stop
> pumping? 100 miles or 1000 miles? :-)

IME the normal mode of failure is a catastrophic water leak - with the
engine running, it pours out faster than you can pour it in.

Secondary failure is dragging the belt off the idler roller.  God in
His wisdom knows how, because the belt is fed to the idler by the
crank pulley which has guides and walls to keep the belt straight.

 Phil Payne
 UK Audi quattro Owners Club
 Phone: 0385 302803   Fax: 0870 0883933