[200q20v] Overheating issues

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Tue Feb 20 10:11:55 EST 2001

High turbo pressures will do it!  And if I'm right it will only get worse,
and fast.  Prove me wrong, get a comp. check.


> From: "digital leopard" <digitaleopard at hotmail.com>
> Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 16:06:56
> To: b.m.benz at prodigy.net
> Subject: Re: [200q20v] Overheating issues
> Um, no...The hose blows off (I think) because the radiator connection has
> snapped off and the remaining portion is kind of small...I have a new
> radiator on order, but the hose blows off only under high turbo pressure
> conditions, and rarely.  BTW, have you had any luck with aftermarket
> radiators that AREN'T plastic, avoiding broken radators in the future?
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: Bernie Benz <b.m.benz at prodigy.net>
> To: digital leopard <digitaleopard at hotmail.com>
> CC: 200q20V mailing list <200q20v at audifans.com>,   audi-20v
> <audi20v at rennlist.org>
> Subject: Re: [200q20v] Overheating issues
> Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 09:07:31 -0800
> For your sake I hope that I'm wrong, but IMO, you may have major problems!
> You said that the rad. hose blew off AGAIN, implying that it has blowen off
> before and that maybe you reconnected it and tightened the hose clamp.  Yes?
> With a known tight hose clamp, the only cause must be excessive coolent
> pressure and with enough volume that the over pressure valve in the coolent
> cap can't handle it.  You have a blown head gasket leaking into the coolent
> system!  Get a compression check.
> These engines are bullet proof!  The only thing than can blow the bottom end
> is running without oil.  The only thing that blows the top end is running
> without coolent.  If allowed to severely overheat, the head will warp and
> the head gasket will blow.  If so, the head must be removed, disassembled
> and planed flat.
> Bernie
>> From: "digital leopard" <digitaleopard at hotmail.com>
>> Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 14:14:05
>> To: 200q20v at audifans.com
>> Subject: [200q20v] Overheating issues
>> Ok, I am frustrated and need some help.  Got the car back last week, and
>> yesterday got the overheating alarm driving home.  Looked out the back,
> and
>> sure enough, blowing steam.  Not a big deal, the upper radiator hose blew
>> off again.  Got it home, let it cool, added coolant.  Now, get up today,
> and
>> the overheat alarm goes off almost as soon as I start it up.  No
> forseeable
>> reason.  Turned it off after making sure that the coolant is in the
> system.
>> Goes off again, even though the actual temperature is ok.  Eventually it
>> turns off, but on the drive there, the temperature slowly gets over the
>> normal mark and it goes off again.  Evidently the fan is not working.
>> Any suggestions?  I mean, I love the car, I don't want to get rid of it;
> but
>> I have to have a reliable car; if I get a call from work, I HAVE to get
>> there.  If the car is overheating during the drive, it's going to
> overheat.
>> So;
>> Does anyone have any suggestions about the fan?  I'm going to check the
>> fuses when I get home, but that's the extent of my electrical skills.
>> Anyone seen any problems with fans simply not working before?  Has the
> heat
>> killed it?  And;
>> Is there anyone here in the Denver/Boulder area who wants to try and help
>> with this?  As I said, I don't have the requisite skills for the
> electrical
>> skills; I will be glad to provide (semi-unskilled) assistance, parts,
> lunch,
>> etc. as needed.  But I can't get the car into the only good dealership in
>> the area (Stammler) in less than six weeks, and the car would be a low
>> priority for them anyway.  So, I need to go (network alarm) but can
> anyone
>> help?  Thandks-
>> Ron Merrell.
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