[V6-12v] Head gasket replacement

Kent McLean kentmclean at comcast.net
Fri Mar 9 20:25:15 EST 2007

Kent McLean wrote:
> David Torrey wrote:
>> Your coolant leak may not be totally your head gasket.
>>  Check your heater control valve beneath your
>> windshield wiper linkage.  I had a leak last summer
>> and it took me forever to find it.   Intermittent leak
>> which ran down the firewall and would only
>> occasionally leave a puddle. 
> Thanks. I'll check that out this weekend, since it is supposed to get 
> into the 40s F.

Close, but no.  When I got home this evening, it was almost 32 dF,
quite balmy compared to the single digits we'd been seeing, so I
popped the hood to check out the heater control valve.

I didn't even have to open up the plastic "water deflector" (thanks,
ETKA) at the base of the windshield.  As I leaned into the engine
compartment, I saw wet below the coolant reservoir. A touch with the
finger and a sniff with the nose confirmed it was coolant. Doh!

Tomorrow I'll take off the reservoir and see what's what. Hopefully
it's something simple, but it is an Audi. :)  Any bets on it being
just a hose or clamp, and not a crack in the reservoir?

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody", an A10-R
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke

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