[V8] at least one heat...
indischrot at gmail.com
Mon Nov 20 16:03:03 EST 2006
Back seats? Passengers?! Screw them! I'll have a friend check to see
if her ass gets hot during a drive, but not too concerned about seat
heaters anymore because...
...replaced my heater valve. The old one self-destructed and some P.O.
just bypassed the heating system and now I know why. Having replaced
it, I never want to see another zip-tie again. Those little tails cut
the crap out of my hands.
Warning! Picked up a $13 brass heater valve at FLAPS. They crossed the
Audi/VW part number (without the A at the end) to this and one other
part. One was plastic and looked "more German" than the brass, which
looked simple. I took the brass one because I figured it would last
longer and even if it looked cheap, nobody would see it under the
cowl. If it works, it works. The only problem with this is that the in
and out were off-set. Based on the design of a diaphragm, rather than
an arm, this is how the valve works. The heater hoses under the cowl
require great "convincing" to get into this off-set position. My
advice? Buy the Audi part from autohausaz.com or some place that has
"in line" rather than "off-set."
All in all, my trouble was doubled because the old hose ends, at the
block, were ragged and one was cut. Luckily, the one that was cut too
short was the block-to-valve line, so a good tug got it out and a large
baggage of curse words along with skinned hands got some new 3/4" heater
hose to the valve. This probably didn't help my off-set problem, seeing
how the replacement hose (what was used to bypass the system) wasn't
formed to fit and I had to "convince" it as well. I was planning on
using the old Audi hoses, but... well... I'd like to find who ever did
this and didn't just do it right.
Triple checked all my hose clamps, put the air box back on, and voila,
hot air out of the vents.
Rummaging through my trunk, to see what the P.O. left behind I found
some interesting items: golf tees, tire shine, a sunroof motor (which
scares me, what's in its spot in my roof??), and a very odd connector.
It was found in the trunk but could have come from anywhere in the car.
The connector has two male pins and the wires are Red/Blue and
Brown/Grey. One of the previous owners was a real wiring genius: he
redid the brake-pad wear wiring and all four power window wires.
Because of his work, the brake pad wear light is on and three of the
four windows don't work. What should I be looking for not-working
because of this one?
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