[200q20v] Re: Help! Radiator installation

Larry C Leung l.leung at juno.com
Mon Aug 20 23:27:48 EDT 2001

I'm not sure how the threads will fare, but did you try to turn the bolt
directly instead of grabbing the rubber part. You could try running a
nut, washer, and second nut onto the bolt, locking them together and then
try turning off the "upper" (one closest to the rubber) off to get the
mount off. I'm surprized it's on this tight. Otherwise, I'd guess it's a
dealer only item, unless you can find one at a U-pull. BTW, the plastic
endcapped radiator in my 200 lasted 170K miles and 11 years. I don't
think you're in any hazard by having the OEM type radiator. I actually
chose OEM style, it's lighter and certainly capable of going a long way,
and unlike brass, isn't as susceptable to pinhole leaks like my 4KQ and
Saab and Ford and.....


On Sun, 19 Aug 2001 18:52:00 -0700 (PDT) Dave Haupt
<quattrodave at yahoo.com> writes:
>Yikes!!! I hate it when I do this.  I tried to follow
>the Bentley, asked several people's advice, and I
>still didn't get it right.
>The radiator in my 1989 200 Quattro croaked - failed
>plastic resulted in a complete draining of the cooling
>system while idling at a stoplight.
>On the advice of several listers, I ordered a Modine
>radiator, on the grounds that it would be all metal.
>It arrived, and is built just like the OEM radiator. 
>Metal core, plastic endcaps.  Oh well, at least it was
>cheaper than the OEM one would have been.
>But, now I've got the OEM radiator out.  It seems to
>have a rubber shock mount at the bottom.  I soaked it
>with liquid wrench (it's not rusty...) and still can't
>get it off.  Is this thing an integral part of the OEM
>radiator?  If so, where do I get a new mount to attach
>to the new radiator?  The new Modine clearly has a
>threaded hole for this mount to affix to - that's why
>I thought it probably was intended to move from the
>old radiator to the new one.  Oh, yes, plus the fact
>that in a dozen enquiries nobody mentioned this little
>mount problem to me.
>If I have to get a new one, is this a dealer-only
>item, or is there a slim chance that a local radiator
>shop might stock one?
>Thanks to the lists.  They've saved my posterior more
>than once.
>Santa Rosa
>1989 200 Quattro Sedan, 144k miles and a laundry list
>of "gotta get to it" repairs
>1988 Trek 8500 aluminum, getting a lot of use now that
>the Audi is my primary vehicle
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