<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=2>Hi guys, had a little problem today and could use some feed back.
<BR>Was driving back to my office today, car running great, AC working like a
<BR>champ, (98 degree heat in Minneapolis) than got a blast of hot air from the
<BR>AC vents, heat gauge up some, came to stop waiting for a train, heat gauge
<BR>climbing slightly, a blast of steam from under the hood, an occasional puff
<BR>of cold air from vents, shut car off, cooling reservoir down 1/2, apparently
<BR>small amount of coolant had leaked or blown through the reservoir cap,
<BR>currently not leaking, restarted car, drove last couple of blocks to office.
<BR>Let car cool down for 2 hours, added two quarts water, restarted turned on
<BR>AC, blew cold air, noticed radiator fan off, shut car off, pulled cover off
<BR>fusible link, noticed wet from coolant leak and smoking, jumped with key ring
<BR>(ignition off) fan started too run, some smoke from the link.
<BR>Link looked corroded but not blown.
<BR>My assumptions, link bad, AC out on high head pressure.
<BR>Now that that said. (WHEW!) I recall some conversation on the list about an
<BR>alternative to the fusible link. I scanned the archives for June and July
<BR>topics and did not see it.
<BR>Any feedback or advice is appreciated, as always.
<BR>Pete in Minneapolis
<BR>Silver with black sports seats
<BR>113k miles, chipped, Euros (still in box in garage)
<BR>200 S4 17 wheels, bilstines etc. </FONT></HTML>