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RE: Warning Lights

Shut the engine off,
You should have 25-30 pumps before you lose assist,

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-quattro@audifans.com [mailto:owner-quattro@audifans.com]On
Behalf Of Livolsi, Stephane
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 9:11 PM
To: 'Fred Munro'
Cc: 'Audi Quattro List'
Subject: RE: Warning Lights

how do you "check" the bomb, and where is it?
Stephane Livolsi
180 Yorston St
Williams Lake, BC, V2G 3Z1
ph 250-392-2637
fax 250-392-2693

'86 5KTQ stock (if you don't know what it means, you aren't in the club)

>From:  Fred Munro[SMTP:munrof@isys.ca]
>Sent:  September 29, 1999 7:08 PM
>To:    Christopher Ritchie; quattro list
>Subject:       Re: Warning Lights
>Hi Christopher;
>    I can bet that your ABS did not engage, because without a bomb full of
>pressurized fluid, there is nothing to power the ABS system! From what I
>understand, when the ABS activated, it uses up a lot of pressure in a
>and without a charged bomb the pump can't keep up to the demand.
>    As you learned first hand, our cars drive around quite nicely with a
>bomb until you really need the brakes. Take note of Christopher's BTDT,
>folks. If your bomb is over 7 years old, it is probably bad. Check it and
>replace it!
>Fred Munro
>'91 200q  281k km
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Christopher Ritchie <cjr1@gte.net>
>To: quattro list <quattro@audifans.com>
>Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 7:43 PM
>Subject: Re: Warning Lights
>> Fred Munro wrote:
>> >Driving the car with a bad bomb or with low hydraulic pressure is
>> >dangerous. You will rapidly run out of brake assist in a panic stop,
>> >significantly increasing your braking distance (and resistance!). Unless
>> you
>> >have the legs of a power lifter, it is a very good idea to keep the
>> >assist system in good working order.
>> I wholeheartedly agree.  I drove around for awhile with a bad bomb.  The
>> brakes worked fine in normal braking and I reasoned that I could
>> for a hard stop.  _WRONG_  Almost soiled myself when someone pulled out
>> front of me too close.  When you step on the brake pedal hard and
>> it will not result in the instant braking action you expect.  It will
>> few milliseconds for you to realize what is going on.  Then you will
>> compensate by standing on the pedal.  But those few milliseconds will
>> lot longer when danger is imminent.  That, plus the braking distance will
>> longer.  I don't remember if the ABS engaged.
>> I replaced my bomb at the next available opportunity.