Coolant Leakage Solved- BUT . . .

Brandon Rogers brogers at
Tue Aug 2 11:33:55 EDT 2005

I don't understand why they would say that.....???!!

It's very easy and only takes a minute.  Why would they want to keep 
guessing when the car might be able to tell you the problem???  Forget those 
guys and find a Lister/friend close by who has Pro-Diag or vagcom.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kerry Griffith" <i2k at>
To: "Bernie Benz" <b.benz at>
Cc: "200q20V mailing list" <200q20v at>
Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 9:24 AM
Subject: Re: Coolant Leakage Solved- BUT . . .

> Thanks Bernie, but my increasingly frustrating shop guy didn't see fit
> to retrieve ECU codes. As I mentioned in one of my other posts today,
> I'm going to talk to a shop I've never used before that has a non-VAG
> code puller and a pressurizing system w/ "smoke" for detecting vacuum
> leaks.
> Kerry
> On Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at 08:03 AM, Bernie Benz wrote:
>> ECU codes?
>>> From: Kerry Griffith <i2k at>
>>> Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2005 07:12:51 -0600
>>> To: 200q20v at
>>> Subject: Coolant Leakage Solved- BUT . . .
>>> I believe I reported that the second new coolant reservoir cap solved
>>> the first leak. When we last left our hero, the second lead appeared
>>> to
>>> be from the radiator or hose. According to my mechanic, the reservoir
>>> tank had a leak that sprayed coolant onto the radiator area. New tank
>>> resulted in no more coolant leaks.
>>> BUT . . .
>>> Still no explanation for the following: After the car idled in 101F
>>> with A/C on for 10 minutes, it ran very poorly- the instant the turbo
>>> began to  make boost it would hesitate briefly until there was no
>>> positive manifold pressure, then run normally until the next
>>> application of anything but the most delicate throttle. After 10-15
>>> nervous minutes on the highway at warmer than usual but not overheated
>>> temps (no extreme gauge readings nor warning lights) the coolant and
>>> oil temps dropped a bit and the car ran fine for the remaining 20
>>> minutes home. After letting it cool for several hours it ran fine.
>>> My mechanic has no clue- says he's never encountered this before. This
>>> happened when my coolant leak was operational, but since the car
>>> cooled
>>> sufficiently so as to be within normal temps after 10-15 minutes on
>>> the
>>> highway, I assume it is a different and as yet undiagnosed problem.
>>> Since my mechanic is as clueless as I on this one, I once again seek
>>> group wisdom.
>>> BTW, I've driven the car about 100 miles in 80-90F and behavior is
>>> normal but for the need to apply throttle at start up (20% of the time
>>> only) and never more than 1.6-1.7 bar indicated for the last 6-12
>>> months instead of the 1.8 we enjoyed for years.
>>> Another (yet another!?) tiny vacuum leak?
>>> Help! I don't want to be Turning Japanese!
>>> Kerry
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