[ba] My wrecked V8q (BA)

Buchholz, Steven Steven.Buchholz at kla-tencor.com
Fri Aug 23 17:00:19 EDT 2002

Man that really sucks!  I know how I felt when I came home from vacation to
find my car now has what appears to be a broken timing belt, but this sounds
to all the world like a screw up at the alignment shop.

What I have learned to do over the years is simply to hand the problem off
to the insurance company ... AAA is very good at getting their money back if
someone else is at fault.  In one occasion I had to pay the deductable up
front, but after the insurance companies settled I got a refund check in the
mail ...

As to body shops, there has been some discussion of that here ... check the
archives.  I've had really good luck with Anderson-Behel Body shop in Santa
Clara, but that is a ways away for you and I'm sure that there are good body
shops in your area ...

Hey, I noticed that you mentioned Steve Nechodom's name ... I hear he has a
business up in Berkeley, but I can't get any info on it.  Do you have any
contact info for Steve?  I'd like to talk to him about my plans for the
pearl V8 ... Thanks!

Good luck!
Steve Buchholz
San Jose, CA (USA)

 >  -----Original Message-----
 >  From: Shayne [mailto:thequattroking at yahoo.com]
 >  Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 2:34 AM
 >  To: BA quattro
 >  Subject: [ba] My wrecked V8q (BA)
 >  Coming home around 23:00 going west on 24 in the Caldecott
 >  tunnel my LF
 >  wheel came off!  So, needless to say, my poor V8q now sits
 >  three legged.
 >  This happened just 300 miles after doing a complete
 >  suspension.  I mean
 >  after getting
 >  that alignment done (thanx for the feedback on that post).
 >  I have NO idea why the wheel came off.  Best I can figure
 >  is the alignment
 >  shop removed the wheel to unloosen the tie rods and did not
 >  torque them.  I
 >  know my suspension rebuild was flawless.  I have done 6 of them on 6
 >  different Audis in the last 2 years.  I can give you torque
 >  specs by heart.
 >  I highly doubt it had anything to do with me.  I will
 >  confirm this in the
 >  light tomorrow.
 >  So, getting to my questions, any advice on how to handle
 >  this with the
 >  insurance company?  Basically, I have a modded V8q with new
 >  H&R springs,
 >  Bilstein Sports, Brembo rotors, Willwood Calipers, 5ktq
 >  strut housings, new
 >  EVERYTHING on the front, including Delrin bushings.  18"
 >  wheels, one of
 >  which some government vehicle hauled away before I could collect it.
 >  Also, being that I am in law school I don't have time to do
 >  this job again.
 >  Nor do I even have a proper shop setup yet.  I just moved.
 >  So, I have no
 >  idea who t take the car to.  This issue arises:  If I go to
 >  the dealer or
 >  just let the insurance handle it, I imagine they will
 >  insist the car be
 >  returned to factory shape.  NO WAY.  I am not getting rid
 >  of my Delrin,
 >  springs or Sports.  Nor I am dumping my Willwoods.
 >  I have Chubb but no experience with their claims.  I have
 >  never made one
 >  with them.
 >  Anyone have any feedback or input on what I can or should
 >  do?  Where to go
 >  to get it fixed?  Know how to get the wheel back?  I need a
 >  great body shop
 >  too.  I believe the CHP handled the claim.  No citation was given.
 >  Thanx so much.
 >  Shayne P.
 >  Oakland, CA.
 >  Enough Audis to give plenty of headaches.
 >  Parting:  1972 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 4.5
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