[200q20v] toasty relays
hah at srv.net
hah at srv.net
Mon Aug 28 09:54:00 EDT 2000
Since you sent this to quattro as well, you probably already have a
response, but oh well.
>a)the relay was -very- hot, almost too hot to hold. This was after a
>40 minute drive. Everything else in the box seemed cool to the touch.
>b)shorting out the top of the relay failed to initiate the code dump
>procedure(I have a bulb installed in the check-engine light spot; I
>have successfully used this before to get codes.) i know there was a
>code stored because the light came on while driving(and the car was
>running like garbage because of the loose clamp.)
>I seem to remember that when the relay is hot, this is a sign of bad
>solder joints inside and indicates impending failure. I'm in the
>middle of trying to pop it open now.
Possibly, heat is not the best thing for electrical connections.
b) that's not how you pull codes on a Motronic car. See
http://www.sjmautotechnik.com/ecuf20v.html#fcthree, newer cars use the
diagnostic connector in the driver's footwell.
1991 200 quattro, 110k, shiny until the next dust storm
1988 GTI 16v, 211k, ~1500mi road trip coming up this weekend
Saw a nice pearl 91 20v Avant with eurolites on Idaho Hwy 55 headed to
McCall yesterday afternoon. So surprised by the euros and 20v-indicating
fender flares I didn't get a look at the plates. Anyone? I haven't seen a
20v Avant locally before, there are a couple other sedans and a nice blue
Took a friend by the dealer (she was unfortunately looking at Toyota trucks
to trade in her Golf, but fortunately couldn't find a clean, cheap one) and
the 17-in five-spoke wheels on the A6 4.2 look *really* nice. The
twin-spoke ones on the 2.7t don't do much for me, though. That car's brakes
look kind of small under there...wonder if they fit over UFOs...
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