Steering Groan update...
pjrose at frontiernet.net
Mon Jan 3 12:21:31 EST 2005
At 8:20 AM -0800 1/3/05, Bernie Benz wrote:
>Whats to groan about, unless you are driving parking lots all day?
>I purposefully left the acoustic filter out of my 5 year old, $20. hose
>rebuild, and since I only notice the pump noise when parking or slow speed
>turns. Not much worse than the stock hose.
I think Bernie's joy with his 5 year-old $20 rebuild might be a
classic case of "thin-wallet syndrome". Since he's saving himself
about 10 cents per day over the past 5 years by using that rebuilt
hose, I suspect he might hardly notice the noisier operation because
he's managed to convince to himself that it's "not much worse than
the stock hose". Well, perhaps that's true, but IMO the pump with
"stock hose" is not noisy at all. Perhaps I have unusual Audis, but
neither of my cars makes noticable "groaning" noise during normal
driving--including slow-speed turns (with the exception of the
full-lock situations which, taking Bernie's advice, I try to avoid).
Both of my cars have the oem hoses with the restrictor tube
I don't think Tom paid well over $100 to get the equivalent
performance of a $20 rebuild, however "tolerable" that might be.
Anyone driving in urban (and suburban) areas needs to make slow-speed
turns all the time unless they're in the habit of running through
stoplights and stop signs, etc. He's well-justified in complaining to
Shokan, especially if the part they supplied turns out to be not
functionally identical to an authentic oem hose. Even if Shokan
agrees to refund the cost of the hose, I wouldn't let them off so
easy. The installation/removal job is a pain, and I'd request that
they pay for labor cost, too, assuming their hose is shown to be
missing that internal component. Of course there is that matter of
the part number discrepancy (if that could account for the problem
with the hose, although they claim it's not the case) since they
might say that it was Tom's obligation to verify he had the correct
part before installing.
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