[200q20v] power steering hose--progress at last

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Thu Oct 26 10:33:08 EDT 2000

Great going, Phil!

You shouldn't need any thread/rubber bands/vaseline, etc., because you'll 
have O-rings inserted into a groove in the banjo fitting on the hose.  Now, 
if the O-rings don't want to stay in the groove, a little vaseline will 
"glue" them in place.

At 11:08 PM 10/25/2000 -0400, Phil Rose wrote:

>News flash to the Audi Perseverance Hotline:
>Victory in sight. A minor bit of tool-customization seemed to do the trick.
>At a nearby auto supply I purchased a cheap 19mm combination wrench (at
>$4.49 it seemed pretty decent quality, but anyway, surgery was planned).
>After a few minutes of Moto-Dremeling (Dremelling?) I had done a
>boxendectomy. By cutting off the box-end I could get a 3/4" iron pipe (aka
>"cheater bar") to slide on snugly. I then set the open-end jaws onto the
>banjobolt, and with a tiny tweek (amazing how easily bolts break loose when
>you're at the end of a 4 ft lever) the bolt head turned a few degrees and
>became loose enough to turn without the cheater. A "few degrees" was all
>the movement I could get with the cheater because of brakeline
>interference. Anyway I now have  "teased" the bolt around a turn or two
>with wrenches, and it's just about movable using only my fingertips.  What
>The new hose had arrived from Carlsen this afternoon. Tomorrow morning I'll
>finish the extraction and start installing the replacement. I'll try to use
>one the tips I've read about how to keep the o-rings from falling off the
>bolt, (thread, rubber band, etc, etc.)
>Oh yes, I almost forgot: A no-extra-cost bonus, included with every
>official Made-in-Germany VAG-original-equipment hose (443 498 892 C), is a
>set of new banjo bolts and o-rings. And the best news is that you can have
>all this for a low, low price of only $138.00 (or four monthly payments of
>just $34.50 + shipping.) Operators in Palo Alto are standing by to take
>your calls. Ask for Didi and have Visa or Mastercard number handy. Some
>side-effects have been reported; these include insomnia, shortness of
>temper, transient hypertension, and mild pentosinemia. E-mail the 200q20v
>list if these symptoms persist.
>Many thanks to all those who graciously tried to answer my seemingly
>endless questions.

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