[Es2] Sucks to be me (Ignition Woes/thanks to S-car list) - longish
matt_20v at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 21 13:41:11 EDT 2006
And it will all be worth it when the boost guage
twists up to 20psi...
--- David Kase <davekase at pdqlocks.com> wrote:
> 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!
> 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
> $700+ smaller.
> 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...
> Dave K.
> 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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