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Re: Driveline slop (backlash) 4KQ & 80Q

> This question concerns Audi Quattro 4000's & 80's with 5 speed manual
> transmissions and is about the drive line slop (backlash). I bought a
> '85 4000 Q with 100K on it. I love the car but was always bothered by
> the amount of slop there was in the drive line. When you got off the gas
> then back on it again there would be a noticeable amount of backlash
> which would have to be taken up before the power would be transmitted to
> the ground. You learned to live with it and to step on and get off the
> gas slowly. 

> So my question for you is...does your Audi act the same? When your 4000
> or 80 was new, was it tight or has it always been this way.

I remember driving an 86 4kq back in late 86, with about 25k on it,
fresh from the 15k service (yah...).  Anyway, no slop in that
automobile.  You could drive 0 to 100 without any sensation of gearing,
machinery, or anything, just by toying with the clutch a bit.

I think there are 3 or 4 dozen rubber bushings that slowly wear out
under that car.  Replace them all, & the ball joints, tie rod ends, and
struts.  Report back.

Huw Powell


82 Audi Coupe; 84 4kq; 85 Coupe GT; 73 F250