Coolant Leakage Solved- BUT . . .

Kerry Griffith i2k at
Tue Aug 2 12:49:33 EDT 2005

Nor do I understand. I'm driving the 35 miles to their area today a 
separate errand, so I intend to swing by and ask WTF, while requesting 
that they pull codes on the spot.
I've also begun shopping for a more thorough shop, so if there are 
codes someone else will effect repairs.


On Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at 09:46 AM, Brandon Rogers wrote:

> 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.
> Brandon
> ----- 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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