[200q20v] Fusable link for cooling fan

CL Wong montesawong at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 7 07:54:01 EDT 2001

I just purchased a fusible link when I was at the
dealer a few weeks ago to get my radiator

Cost was $1.50 for the fusible link BUT I didn't
realize that they are rated at 35amps.  They either
gave me the wrong one or the fusible link assembly has
been upgraded to a new design using 2 fuses (which I
recall seeing somewhere but don't recall where)

--- Kneale Brownson <knotnook at traverse.com> wrote:
> Someone recently described installing one of those
> pop-apart fuseholder 
> things as a temporary replacement for the Audi
> fusible link.  I think they 
> found one with a buss-type fuse that was near the
> 80-amp rating of the 
> fusible link.  Some postings have indicated dealer
> prices for replacement 
> strip of fusible link at less than $2.  Probably
> can't find a fuseholder 
> and fuse that size for much less.
> At 01:18 AM 08/07/2001 -0400, PeterBergin at aol.com
> wrote:
> >Hi guys, had a little problem today and could use
> some feed back.
> >
> >Was driving back to my office today, car running
> great, AC working like a
> >champ, (98 degree heat in Minneapolis) than got a
> blast of hot air from the
> >AC vents, heat gauge  up some, came to stop waiting
> for a train, heat gauge
> >climbing slightly, a blast of steam from under the
> hood,  an occasional puff
> >of cold air from vents, shut car off, cooling
> reservoir down 1/2, apparently
> >small amount of coolant had leaked or blown through
> the reservoir cap,
> >currently not leaking, restarted car, drove last
> couple of blocks to office.
> >
> >Let car cool down for 2 hours, added two quarts
> water, restarted turned on
> >AC, blew cold air, noticed radiator fan off, shut
> car off, pulled cover off
> >fusible link, noticed wet from coolant leak and
> smoking, jumped with key ring
> >(ignition off) fan started too run, some smoke from
> the link.
> >
> >Link looked corroded but not blown.
> >
> >My assumptions, link bad, AC out on high head
> pressure.
> >
> >Now that that said. (WHEW!) I recall some
> conversation on the list about an
> >alternative to the fusible link.  I scanned the
> archives for June and July
> >topics and did not see it.
> >
> >Any feedback or advice is appreciated, as always.
> >
> >Thanks
> >
> >Pete in Minneapolis
> >200 avant
> >Silver with black sports seats
> >113k miles, chipped, Euros (still in box in garage)
> >200 S4 17 wheels, bilstines etc.
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