[s-cars] An overheating '93 UrS4

Igor Kessel KBATPO at comcast.net
Mon Feb 21 19:33:04 EST 2005

today my friend Larry stopped by to let me pressure test the cooling sys 
in his '93 UrS4. Larry indicated that the coolant would slowly disappear 
from the reservoir and within a week or two it trigger the alarm int he 
central display. There was also a strong smell of coolant in the cabin, 
only when the heater was on.

I pressure tested the car to 23psi. There were no leaks whatsoever. I 
also checked the dipstick and the cap for foaming. There was no coolant 
in the oil and there was no oil in the coolant. This pretty much rules 
the head gasket out of the equation.

I took the car for a spirited a test-drive and safely made it back to my 
garage half hour later. Larry was not so lucky. He left my house 
shortly, but in 15 minutes I received a SOS call on my cellphone. To cut 
the long story short Larry limped back into my garage an hour later in 
the car that was overheating and spewing coolant from the reservoir cap 
spout all over the engine compartment.

The symptoms are as follows:

1. The upper radiator hose is hot
2. The entire radiator is cold except for the tiny area around the upper 
radiator hose
3. The engine idles at the second slim hash mark at 13:00
4. After a while the valve in the pressure cap blows releasing a geyser 
of coolant
5. Heat is coming into the cabin, thus I am sure the coolant circulates 
throughout the heater core
6. The lower radiator hose is cold

My immediate guess that either the water pump has lost or spun its 
plastic impeller or the thermostat got stuck closed or both. Also the is 
a leak in the heatercore and/or its hoses. Does anyone have any other 

Igor Kessel
two turbo quattros

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