[200q20v] RE: wheel well liners and 17" rims

TM t44tq at mindspring.com
Tue Nov 13 17:39:25 EST 2001

I checked my liner today and no bulges of any kind. Weird.


-----Original Message-----
From: 200q20v-admin at audifans.com [mailto:200q20v-admin at audifans.com] On
Behalf Of Phil Rose
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2001 8:42 PM
To: TM
Cc: 'Brett Dikeman'; 200q20v at audifans.com; quattro at audifans.com
Subject: Re: [200q20v] RE: wheel well liners and 17" rims

At 6:27 PM -0500 11/12/01, TM wrote:

>Have you tried removing the wheelwell liner and reinstalling it? I
>guess it's possible that either it was removed at one time and not
>properly reinstalled or something broke and it is not properly mounted
>any longer.

Most '91 200q20v cars (that I've checked) seem to have this defect, so
appears to be a "factory defect" not result of damage, reinstallation,
etc. It's typical of what will happen when the liner and fender have
slightly mismatched dimension (radius of curvature, mounting
holes,...)--something's gotta give, and the plastic liner is what
"gives". On my car the liners were bulging on both passenger and driver
side--in same relative location toward the front of the wheel arch.
Heating the area with a hair-dryer (while applying some clamping
force--a small C-clamp works fine) fixes this in about 10 minutes (plus
some cooling time). If the bulge returns (later
on) it might mean the temp wasn't  sufficiently high and/or the heated
area wasn't large enough.


Phil Rose				Rochester, NY
'91 200q				mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net

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