[200q20v] leaking hoses oh my!

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Sat Dec 22 11:50:17 EST 2001

At 11:02 AM -0500 12/22/01, Phil Rose wrote:

>(stuck e-brake

The bad-e-brake-switch is easy to test...lift the e-brake handle
while watching the light, ignition on/engine off.  Both Audis I've
owned, the light gets slightly, but noticeably, brighter with the
completion of the e-brake switch circuit.

As for the "hydraulic fluid everywhere", I'd recommend going through
the compartment with a sprayer of simple green and a few
rags/brushes.  For the really stuck on stuff, use a little WD40 or
similar as a solvent and scrub with an old toothbrush.  Do this with
the engine a little warm, and everything will dry up nicely, esp from
overspray from a garden hose etc.

Once everything's clean+dry(reasonably), check all fluid levels, make
sure there are no fountains, and take it on a short trip around the
block on a few curvy roads.  Come back, see where fluid appeared.

Brake fluid leaks are not "usual" nor can they be ignored; they're a
sign of something very serious, track them down immediately, they are
much more urgent than hydraulic fluid leaks.  Brake system failure
will result in a car you can't shift or stop!  At least if the
hydraulic fluid goes away, you can still control the car to some
degree, and the system will tolerate -some- air bubbles etc...

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safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin
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