Your basic 'God Damn it'
Tue, 08 May 2001 09:19:50 +0200
At 13:07 01-05-04 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I sent my wife's '91 200q 20vt to a local shop to fix the ignition switch
>parking brake. I could fix this stuff myself but I've got enough on my plate.
>So the guy calls me and tells me he would have a very difficult time with the
>parking brake because the adjuster is rusted beyond repair as are the cables.
>Furthermore, to replace these things requires dropping the exhaust and
>(finishing the sentence for him) it is too rusty to remove.
> Knowing after the fact of buying it that it is from New York none of this
>surprised me in the least. From there he recommended, after finding a
>suspension mounting point corroded to the point of near failure he spend an
>hour writing up a safety inspection.
My '87 5KT is originally from Connecticut and since 7 years it is here in
Poland, where we have serious winters with lots of salt on the road. The
only serious corrosion problem I had was with oil lines, which were
promptly replaced with aftermarket units of much better quality. Other than
that, the car proved to be a miracle of rust protection and I generally
regard any body rust found on post-86 44 chassis Audi as a proof of past
accident repair. I'm not surprised to hear your parking brake cables are
corroded (that's common failure and they're not that expensive), a corroded
exhaust is nothing new as well. I assume it is original - use the
opportunity to replace it with either a good aftermarket performance system
or listen to Phil Payne's advice and go with the OEM
(Eberspaecher/Leistritz) system which will be good for at least another 5
years. What I actually am surprised to hear is that your mechanic found a
"suspension mounting point corroded to the point of near failure" - this
should never happen. Both the chassis and the subframe on these cars are so
well protected you shouldn't find any rust on them, or at least not one