cracked manifolds

Lee M. Levitt lee at
Fri Oct 26 15:12:58 EDT 2001

Phil writes:

> The quick test is a piece of paper.  Get under the car and see if you can
> slip it round on top of the subframe.  If it gets stuck, the engine is on
> the subframe.  With practice, you can spot it from the front of the car by
> the shape of the sump protrusion - a couple of years ago I spotted about
> fifteen in an hour when we brought 240-odd ur-quattros together at
> Silverstone - I think all also had cracked manifolds  I keep meaning to
> take a 'good' and 'bad' front picture - if the car is cresting a slight
> it's incredibly easy to see.

If the engine is resting on the subframe, wouldn't you also feel it in the
seat of your pants at idle?

I upgraded a Volvo with an ipd swaybar that was improperly bent...sat up
just a bit too high. On cold days, the pneumatic motor mounts lowered the
engine (the oil pan, actually) so that it would contact the swaybar, and you
could feel the vibration of the motor come right up through the driver's

Took a bit of diagnosing, then ipd redesigned the swaybars and sent me a new

'95.5 S6 avant
'96 A6 quattro avant

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