cody at 5000tq.com
Tue Mar 11 22:31:59 PDT 2008
Bill Shaw wrote:
> My 99 A6qa is such a PIA to work on, you have to move the lock
> carrier to the service position (read: remove the whole d at mn front of
> the car) for just about anything that goes wrong, change a
> thermostat, change the alternator, change a fuse (ok.. not a fuse :-)
Have done it countless times at work I've got to say that the whole "service
mode" gig is pretty nice actually. Many other front engined cars are not
hurting for space as bad... until you try to reach down there go get at
something and you **WISH** that you could just undo some bolts and have an
extra foot of room! It only takes about 15 minutes to go to service mode,
and the extra room you get saves countless hours of bleeding compared to
cars that *think* they have enough room. I've got scars from the Lexus that
just last week tried to slit my wrist (not kidding!) while I was kindly
changing it's timing belt!
I've got this mantra I've developed that helps when working on VAG products.
When looking at doing any work I take a look at what I'm up against, then
sit back and think "ok... whats the HARDEST possoble way I could do this
job". If you go about it that way it seems to go much smoother and take less
time then the 'easy' way you would have otherwise gone for. Window regulator
for example. Remove entire inner door, window, and window frame as one and
set it on a workbench. Looks like you could just change the regulator in the
car, but it takes longer and will have you uttering some rather voilent
Do yourself a favor and buy one of these:
No more service mode for serp-belt related things... including the
alternator. That tool makes routing the belt easy as pie. Most local tool
places should have a version, I got mine from Matco.
'87 5ktq - Fast.
'87 5ktq QLCC'd plus some
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