[200q20v] Don't fix it if it aint broke

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Sun Jul 15 22:42:08 EDT 2001

I do appreciate the personal attention attribute.  Well deserved!  And I do
pain for your problem.

What is your, or the list's, recomended preventative maintaince schedule for
master cylinder replacement?   If there ever was one, this is a typical and
classic  "Don"t fix it if it ain't broke" item!  Your unfortunate failure is
at least of the 1/10x6 type.  A stistical long shot failure is not 'stupid",
it just happens.  Are you sure that a new MC comes with the push rod assy?
Bet not.  Nothing wrong with your master cylinder, just the push rod.

I do religiously (my only faith?) flush brake fluid every 2 yrs min,
whenever I'm in there.  A worthwhile and life long PM after having
overhauled each hydraulic component of a "new" used car.

Regards, Bernie

> From: "Cordeiro, Alan" <Alan.Cordeiro at mts.com>
> Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2001 22:31:53 -0500
> To: "'200q20v at audifans.com'" <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Subject: [200q20v] Don't fix it if it aint broke
> Bernie,
> I wish I had replaced my clutch master cylinder before it went south
> last Friday. I made it home by continuing to drive the rest of the way in
> second gear. I was fortunate had a straight road, and did not have any
> signals between me and home. The hydraulic part is OK, the threaded
> rod between the piston and the clevis pin snapped right where
> the lock nut sets it on the clevis pin.
> So much for prolonging the life of the hydraulic system by replacing
> the fluid every 4-5 years. The stupid things fail mechanically....
> I have a master cylinder on order, hopefully on its way..
> Has this type of failure happened to anyone else??
> Alan Cordeiro
> '91 200q 153k miles, temporarily not drivable..
> New struts, control arm bushings subframe bushings, all in a box
> in the basement, hoping for that "new car feel"
>> I would suggest that an alternative plan might well be to jack up the horn
>> and drive a new 200 under it.  Don't fix it if it ain't broke!
>> Bernie
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