[V8] Self immolation for The Black Mariah!
i.rautenberg at waratap.com
Wed May 31 23:14:30 EDT 2006
Hmm. Bilstein? Sounds like when I've (twice) had Bilstein front
strut cartridge failures, though usually in winter, where the strut
cartridge fails in the fully-extended position. However, even then
it didn't bust through the mount. Roger, just because it's AWD
doesn't mean you can go off-roading with it ;-)
On May 31, 2006, at 10:47 PM, Roger M. Woodbury wrote:
> Ah, not quite. The failure was the rubber structures that form the
> top of
> the strut unit when it is placed into position. This is a
> failure of the strut assembly itself.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tony and Lillie [mailto:tonyandlillie1 at earthlink.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 8:44 PM
> To: Roger M. Woodbury; v8 at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: [V8] Self immolation for The Black Mariah!
> Not the first I've heard or seen. Quite common on older Rabbits and
> when they start to rust where the strut towers are welded on top. I
> helped one (Tank trails in Missoula, MT) to the point of punching
> the hood
> up about six inches on the passenger side!!! Boy, was it fun
> though! Oh,
> that car cost me $50, and I was 17 at the time.
> Tony Hoffman
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Roger M. Woodbury" <rmwoodbury at adelphia.net>
> To: <v8 at audifans.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 4:44 PM
> Subject: [V8] Self immolation for The Black Mariah!
>> Well, it's done it again. The Black Mariah has returned to the
>> For those who have been living under a rock for the past couple of
>> The Black Mariah is my 1991 Audi 200 20Valve Avant the
>> rehabilitation of
>> which has been forced down the throats of the V8 listers because I
>> am a
>> closet V8 afficianado who constantly threatens to return to the V8
>> Anyway, I was driving down to the village a week ago Saturday
>> morning when
>> noticed a certain sponginess in the front end, and then noticed
>> that there
>> was a strange bump on the top of the hood vaguely in front of the
>> Stopped the car, opened the hood and lo and behold! The left
>> front strut
>> had completely penetrated the upper shock mount and was impacting the
>> of the hood. Wow! Can you imagine what it might have been like
>> had that
>> happened at, say 75 miles per hour on the Interstate when making
>> some sort
>> of emergency move?
>> Now back at the wrench, he confesses that he has never seen
>> anything like
>> in twenty five some years of wrenching. Neither have I, in forty
>> years of driving!
>> Worse still the upper shock mounts on front and rear of this car are
>> new...less than 10,000 miles or two years of use. Worse news
>> still while
>> the front uppers were aftermarket, the rears were OEM, and the
>> right rear
>> gonzo, too. The rears were installed less than two months ago.
>> I am seriously thinking of buying a Yukon. At least I KNOW where the
>> nearest dealer is, and that parts will be available. Maybe the
>> Type 44's
>> are really over the hill after all!
>> NEVERmind...I am just cranky. I had to drive to Portland last
>> night, and
>> then to Moosehead Lake today. Almost six hundred miles in twenty
>> with nearly a full day of work too. And all my driving during
>> those six
>> hundred miles was NOT in my Audi, but was in the Chevrolet Silverado
>> extended cab 4X4 with 454 cu.in. engine! I dunno what was worse, the
>> pounding high miles in short time in the truck or filling the tank!
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