[200q20v] Re: how to build an intake pressure tester(20vt)

Todd Phenneger tquattroguy at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 27 12:27:43 EDT 2000

Just a thought but at higher pressures than 1 Bar manifold (2 bar absolute)  Did I get that right???   At any rate, at higher pressures its easier to diagnose leaks.  Like at say 2 Bar Man Pressure.  Fine if you have a 3 Bar ECU but fi you don't its pretty easy to pop off the vacuum line from the ECU and plug it.  THen you dont have to worry about it, just dont go so high you blow hoses.




  Brett Dikeman <quattro at pdikeman.ne.mediaone.net> wrote: 
In a burst of inventiveness, I measured the diameter of the intake 
hose on my 200q20v(other cars with maf sensors probably use the same 
diameter.) I then when rummaging through the kitchen drawer with my 
ruler and discovered to my great joy that a common household item 
fits this hose -perfectly-.

It is a rubbermaid 1-cup "servin saver" container. I had originally 
thought the top of the container would fit, but it was too wide and 
wouldn't fit; I flipped it around and discovered the base of the 
container is -perfect-; it's even beveled to make fitting it a 
breeze. Pop it on, tighten the clamp, you're done.

To make your very own intake system tester, just install a compressor 
nipple in a container you went and PURCHASED rather than stealing 
from the kitchen(whereas I can escape my mother's wrath by fleeing 
back to NY, I suspect those married individuals on the list do not 
have such a luxury :-) I think I've also heard of people installing 
tire stem valves(for trucks tires, I think.)

And, as I believe Chris Miller pointed out on the 200 list, be sure 
you don't do anything foolish like pressurize the system above the 
limits of the ECU's pressure sensor; 2 bar in the case of a stock 
200q20v ecu, 2.5 bar in most modified units. Now, just pressurize 
the intake system with a compressor(if you have a setup with a tank, 
that will probably make listening for leaks easier; one good reason 
to go this route and not do a tire stem.) You may want to purchase a 
very cheap low-range pressure gauge(boost gauge from parts-r-us or 
something), drill a hole in the side of the container, and 
install...so that you can make sure you don't exceed a safe pressure, 
and you can watch to see how fast the pressure drops.

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