quattro Digest, Vol 11, Issue 5

Jonathan Monetti jmone3036 at earthlink.net
Wed Sep 1 22:18:58 EDT 2004

I dont have my Bentley in front of me, but would be shocked if it didnt
plainly and emphatically say to make sure you move the heater controls to
'hot' when refilling, lest you get airbound.

Frankly, I don't know if the coolant light would flash if you were in fact
airbound, but that was the first thing I thought of when reading your post.
There could be a very small but hot air pocket in the cooling system.   I
warped a head this way once in under five minutes--double check those heater

Jon Monetti

> Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 18:20:00 -0400
> Message: 5
> Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 20:07:48 -0400
> From: Megan Bigelow <cereus at verizon.net>
> Subject: 80q coolant flush/refill worry
> To: quattro at audifans.com
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> So I decided to flush and fill the coolant tonight on the ole 80q. I
> drained/flushed it without incident, and then here's where I went
> wrong. The bentley and the Audi coolant bottle called for a 50/50 mix,
> and bentley said the cooling system's capacity for that was 3.5L of
> each water and coolant. Not realizing that there is still water from
> the flush stuck in parts of the system, I measured out 3.5L of water,
> added it, and then tried to (unsucccessfully) add the approx. 3.5L of
> unmixed coolant that was in the new bottle of Audi coolant.
> Oops. There was 1.5L of straight coolant still left in the bottle.
> D'oh! And, upon letting the car idle until the fan kicks on, the
> coolant light flashes, and it's definitely not low. So I think it is
> overheating.
> I guess this is more of an "I'm stupid" post than a question, but I
> just wanted to run it by the list's collective knowledge that what I
> need to do is drain and refill properly before draining and flushing
> the whole system again and buying more coolant at the dealership
> tomorrow.
> Curses,
> Megan

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