[V8] 90 V8Q Bose speaker repair

dsaad at icehouse.net dsaad at icehouse.net
Mon Nov 8 19:44:31 EST 2004

I think the basic design of the amp is OK - they just got a bad load of caps and
so only recalled the affected units. Amps built before or after should be just
fine. The one thing I did not like was the gauze like sound deadener inside the
amp. That looked like a fire hazard to me - but maybe it does not burn. I didn't
try to light it. If the factory rebuilt units still have that stuff in them then
they don't think it is a problem either.

Failing capacitors are a common problem here for us. It is a common sight for a
burn-in board to actually catch on fire because a tantalum cap burned up.
These boards are in an oven that can be up to 125C so they have a shortened life
There is just as much risk of your ECU catching on fire as a speaker amp I would

When my amp went bad, it started to sort of screech and hammer the speaker. The
main power caps were fine (although I replaced them) but the problem was the
lone tantalum cap. I replaced that one and all has been well - unless it somehow
caused my upper radiator hose and power steering hose to start leaking. Hmmmm.


Quoting "Buchholz, Steven" <Steven.Buchholz at kla-tencor.com>:

> Since both of my cars are '91s it isn't an issue for me, but I know that
> if I owned a 1990 model I would be raising the issue with the NHTSA.  As
> far as I know the 1990 Audi V8 Quattros used exactly the same stereo as
> the 1991, with the same Audi part number for the rear deck speakers.  As
> I have stated before, it seems to me that anyone who is concerned that
> this problem may affect them as well ought to contact the NHTSA and
> submit a problem report.  I just checked the site and see that there
> were two people who submitted reports back in 2001 ... perhaps a few
> more reports might get some action ... here's a link:

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