Fwd: Hard Start/Timing Issue?

Peter Schulz pcschulz at comcast.net
Fri Jun 29 13:28:07 EDT 2007

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>From: "Paul @ Milepost Financial Planning" <PaulRoyal at MilepostFinancial.com>
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>         "'Craig Liechty'" <craigliechty at hotmail.com>,
>         "'Peter Schulz'" <pcschulz at comcast.net>,
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>Subject: Hard Start/Timing Issue?
>Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 12:16:48 -0500
>Organization: Milepost Financial Planning
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>I just spent way too many hours and suffered multiple lacerations to my
>hands replacing the delrin gear on the end of the distributor on our
>Audi 200 TQW.  The old delrin gear "exploded" right here in town so I
>had it towed home on the advice of Peter Schulz who had a metal gear
>sitting on the shelf for me to use and a Dremel tool that he loaned me
>in order to get the damn cover off over the UNREMOVEABLE screw over the
>hold down bolt.  Thanks much to Peter for his assist.
>At 10:30PM last night she fired up and I drove it around town to test
>her out.  It may have "nothing" to do with this issue since the car is
>chipped but the factory boost gage came up with 1.9BAR last night which
>is something I've NEVER seen in over 50,000 miles (1.8 on a nice cool
>day under hard acceleration in the right gear and speed has been the
>She started a bit hard, but I figured this might have been due to the
>multiple attempts at starting her which failed until I got the timing
>"correct."  Today I went to the auto parts store to get some oil for the
>diesel (only $6.50 a quart for Spec 505.1) and it was VERY difficult to
>start (engine is now warm obviously).
>I finally got her fired up by sitting on the key for quite a bit of
>Here's what I think is happening.  The longer I turn it over the more
>time the Hall sensor has to help "recalculate" electronic timing for the
>ECU and she fires up and runs great.  I "think" that the timing may be
>off just one or two degrees in advance or retard and that rotating the
>distributor body just slightly may solve the problem.  Could this also
>be why I saw 1.9BAR?
>I want to know if any of you thinks that this makes sense before diving
>under the hood again OR if you have some other ideas.
>Thanks in advance for the assist, and please forward to anyone else you
>think might know something about this.

-Peter Schulz
Chelmsford Ma, USA

1995.5 S6 Avant Emerald/Ecru
1995.5 S6 Avant Silver/Platinum

1991 200 20v Q Avant Titan Grey (for sale)

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