Might as well...

Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net
Sun Oct 31 09:23:35 EST 2004

Why not just jack up the horn and drive a new car under it?

> From: TooManyAudis at aol.com
> Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 06:35:02 EST
> To: 200q20v at audifans.com, quattro at audifans.com
> Subject: Might as well...
> I'm doing a front suspension rebuild on my 91 200q and, for some reason, I am
> contemplating doing some other work to the car as well.
> After spending hours and hours removing and pressing in subframe bushings
> (and ruining a Harbor Freight Ball Joint Press in the process), the thought
> comes 
> across me that I might as well replace the engine mounts.  Then, another
> thought comes across me that I might as well replace the steering rack with
> the 
> torn boot.  And, as long as I am at that, I might as well replace the high
> pressure hose.  You can see where this is going...
> Unfortunately, time and money are factors.
That one is hard to believe!
>  I have two engine mounts, so that
> is not going to cost me any additional money -- just the time to do the job.
> I don't have the steering rack or the high pressure hose.  Right now, I am
> looking at losing maybe 3 or 4 ounces a month of pentosin.  So, one bottle a
> year is within the budget.  A rebuilt rack and new hose is not.
Where is the oil leak, rack or hose?
> However, if replacing the rack is significantly easier with the subframe and
> struts removed, well, no sense in doing the same amount of work twice, right?
> However, if there really isn't much difference between replacing a rack with
> or without the suspension components installed, well, I will save the job for
> another day (or another owner).
Such is the case.
> Any insight or suggestions for additonal replacement components would be
> appreciated.
> Thanks.
> Tom Werner
> Charleston, SC
> 91 200q
> 88 80q
> 92 VW Cabriolet
> (Take your pick -- help me reduce my fleet)
> PS:  In a preemptive response to Bernie's inevitable DFIIIAB (Don't Fix it if
> it Aint Broke) Response, It's pretty much broke.

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