Mike Arman armanmik at earthlink.net
Thu Dec 11 11:15:50 EST 2003

> > I thought the spacer caps were ablative--they're left in place and get 
> worn
> > away.
>That's exactly how it works.
>(Was I the first person to misuse "ablative" in this context?)
>Phil Payne

No, I seem to recall seeing it in print in some Audi literature somewhere.

And you're correct, "ablative" in this context is incorrect. "Ablative" 
coatings burn off - like the disc shaped heat shield on the old Mercury and 
Gemini space capsules.

(Although it does make for an interesting picture of an Audi having the ABS 
sensors bedded in, leaving a miles long trail of smoke, flames, ionized air 
and probably toxic fumes . . . maybe that's why the radio reception stinks 
. . . )

Best Regards,

Mike Arman 

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