[Es2] Sucks to be me (Ignition Woes/thanks to S-car list) - longish
davekase at pdqlocks.com
Fri Jul 21 13:08:16 EDT 2006
So...I got the AAN powered e//S2 up and running again on all 5.
Last week I mysteriously dropped two cylinders after I had changed the
aux rad on the car. I found it after I had just finished buttoning up
the car after the rad change and went to pull it outside. I looked
around and found nothing obvious and as it was 11PM, I threw in the
towel for the night.
The next morning I visited Audifans and, within minutes, found my exact
problem (no spark in all conditions). The problem described a bad POS
and a nifty fix for it. I went home with a happy face and started the
repair. I quickly found that the repair had already been done ( the
repair can only been done once). Crap.
So...I thought I needed a new POS. I called Chris at F5 and he
overnited one to me. Since it was after hours it was going to actually
be two days. So, I went to the local Audi garage and got two new POS's
to try. I popped them in and...the same miss! Dammit!
Hmmm, must be a bad coil. Up until this point I thought I had only one
dead cylinder. I pulled the injector plugs one at a time and found two
bad cylinders. Shit, two bad coils at $125 each...
Well, I could return the POS's to the local garage and save the $250 for
the coils and buy the 1.8T kit for $355. I contacted 034 and none could
be had for at least two weeks. I was then directed (by the list) to
check with Apikol. Brendan went to work and whipped one up for me in
one day and overnited it to me (Brendan rocks!).
I received the Apokol kit (absolutely beautiful kit, very professional
and stock looking) and popped it on in minutes flat. Now, here is where
I find the /real/ problem.
I unplugged the old harness without paying much attention. When I went
to plug the new one it I see there are four (?) plugs. Up until this
point I only thought there were the two going to the POS's. Clearly an
AAN newbie mistake.
Well, when I went to plug in the "other" two plugs I found the harness
in the car had the plugs, but the plugs had no /housings/! Now
wait...how can the plug stay, well, /plugged/ if there is no housing
with a retaining clip? The answer is, it can but not for long. One of
the damn plugs came apart (as there was nothing but contact friction to
hold it together) and /that /was my problem all along! UGH!!!!!!!!!!
I did not do the conversion myself so I did have someone to blame. What
lame brain would actually leave those plugs like that!!! Son of a b*tch!!!
So, I cut good connectors off my old (but good) coils packs and soldered
them in place. Car runs like a champ but my bank account is a good
Thanks to all that helped. The UrS car guys tolerated my (AAN) newbie
status and lack of searching the archives. They helped tremendously.
Special thanks to Eric, Chris, Brendan, and anyone else I may have
Now to fix the DP gasket that blew out when I hooked the POS's up
backwards and it backfired...
in Audi hell (hit the S2 bumper pulling out of a parking lot yesterday,
today I see that it popped out one of the S2 bumper grills (gone)-
somebody shoot me)
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