Oil Breather Tube

urq urq at pacbell.net
Wed Aug 7 08:21:18 EDT 2002

I agree that Audi's original design was not one for longevity (I assume that
the NA cars have the same cast "rubber" crap that my MC has) ... but
breather hoses are not known for lasting a long time anyway.  While it is a
bit flabbergasting to see such a big price tag ... I must say that I'm glad
to see that Audi went to the effort of fashioning a repair.  Sure you pay
$90 for parts now, but at least you won't have to worry about going to the
well every few years for the $50 cast parts that were originally there.  One
option I would recommend is to shop around for price (Carlsen Audi is where
I go) ... or to get the parts descriptions to see if there aren't some of
the parts you can source from elsewhere.  My urq has a metal pipe that runs
up along the side of the block.  I've been tempted to do a similar swap on
the MC ... but the fitting at the bottom of the block on the MC is much
larger than that on the WX.  I suspect that the original can be removed and
replaced ... but never had the opportunity to check that out.  I'd suggest
that might be an option for you as well ...

Steve Buchholz
San Jose, CA (USA)

> Color me mad as hell. The Oil Breather hose on our 1990 Audi 100 has a
> hole and looks like a rotten banana peel. I told this an dealer only
> part so call the local audi dealership. I find out that the original
> hose has been replaced with six separate parts going from  rubber to a
> metal tube. The cost is $90 for all parts.
> It obvious that the original rubber design was flawed. But to now ask
> customers to pay 4 times the cost of the original part for the
> replacement is ridiculous. So here are my questions:
> Is this a dealer only part? If not, where is it avaliable?
> Has any fashioned a replacement part in lieu of getting the Audi part?
> If so, how did you do it?

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