Survey: type 44 break down frequency

Ben Swann bswann@worldnet.att.net" <bswann@worldnet.att.net
Mon, 16 Sep 2002 17:36:16 -0400


I'm starting to wonder about Bosch quality of late, as my relatively
new(about 2-3 years) developed a significant leak through the casing.  The
original was still working, but I pulled one off of the '89 80 since I'm
converting to CIS-EIII.

That plus the injectors - at least two were weeping giving me hard starting
trouble after my engine rebuild.  At $40 a pop I have yet to replace them
again.  I am a little upset at this, as the 12 year old ones worked just as
good.

Ben

On Monday, September 16, 2002 3:53 PM, Wallace White
[SMTP:wallace@stanfordalumni.org] wrote:
> Ben -
>
> > I'm happy to say I have not been stranded in over 10 years of AUDI
> > ownership.  I think it is because I do my best to seek out problems
before
> > they occur.
>
> That's impressive--and somewhat encouraging.
>
> > (1) Clutch throw-out bearing, June '98.
> > <snip>
> >
> > -  Wouldn't need a tow for that if standard trans.
>
> True--I did drive another 450 freeway miles that way! I'd still count it
as a
> debilitating injury, but it wasn't a stranding. So update my count to
four
> (minus this, plus that hydraulic hose) in four years, 53k miles. Sadly,
two
> have been failures of replacement parts.
>
> > (3) Heater control valve, June '99.
> > <snip>
> >
> > -  OOh - I've had one leak giving me warning.  If not hot, but going
south
> > while on the road, I guess hoseclamps inserted around a screwdriver or
> > whatever would get you to a parts store.
>
> That's where the flush-n-fill kit comes in; it has little lengths of pipe
that
> could substitute for the heater valve or a turbo coolant pump.
>
> > (4) Fuel pump, three days ago.
> > <snip>
> >
> > -  I would think this of all things is one that is most likely to
strand
> > you - did happen to me once in early VW ownership - Scirocco.  It was
> > giving me warnings, but I didn't know it.
>
> Right--just didn't expect it on a two-year-old pump. It was always noisy
but
> I'd heard that was typical for newer Bosch pumps. I did _not_ cut the
intake
> screen off of it when I installed it, however; I didn't see evidence of
the
> old screen clogging or the tank coating flaking off. That may have been
the
> wrong call.
>
> - Wallace
>   '87 5kcstq 190k
>
>
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