[V8] the new guy

Seamus O'Carey cheshirecatsbox at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 19:16:36 PDT 2008

I think the ABS issue has something to do with the failing hydraulic pump.
I have another pump sitting here, I just have to get my hands on a manual so
I can know how best to swap it out.  Most likely I'll fix the pump, then
sell this V8 and buy one with less worries (ie a certain Titanium grey

That describes the issue pretty well.  When I get it off the ground to do
the hydraulic pump (easier to do from underneath, right?) I'll take a look
at all the mounts as well.

On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 5:48 PM, Tony and Lillie <
tonyandlillie1 at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Seamus, I"haven't read all the other comments, so I'm not sure what
> everybody else had to say. But, I'm sure they covered most of it (this is a
> very good and experienced group).
> As for the rear brakes, I've only once ever seen that happen so far, and
> I'm a tech for an independent. I saw it years ago on a rabbit, wore through
> the rotors to the vanes, wore the caliper piston off, then finally it fell
> out. WOW!!! Customer said, "they just failed!! Don't know why" My response,
> "At what point should the grinding noise have been your first clue?"
> Sounds like you have an ABS issue. Probably a sensor, that's most common on
> these cars. Do you have a manual, BTW? If not, get one!! It will save you a
> lot of time and frusteration.
> Does that grinding noise come under hard acceleration? And, sound like
> right under the center of the car? If so, I'd be looking at your
> engine/trans mounts. Mine does that, and it's one of the trans mounts that's
> the worst. Of course, being a mechanics car, it stands no chance of getting
> fixed ;-)
> Tony Hoffman
> BTW, where are you located?
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Seamus O'Carey" <
> cheshirecatsbox at gmail.com>
> To: <V8 at audifans.com>
> Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 4:10 PM
> Subject: [V8] the new guy
>  Hey, everyone.  I just bought an '90 auto V8 with 119k miles for $850.  It
>> has a few issues, but I'm able to drive it.  The body and interior are in
>> pretty good shape, except for the headliner was falling down and there are
>> scratches on the hood (looks like they might have been storing boxes on it
>> while they weren't driving it).  Nothing I can't fix there, though.
>> I had to rebuild the rear brakes (po had let the pads wear down so
>> completely that it spit the ds caliper piston out) and the PS pump needs
>> to
>> be replaced.  I got a ds caliper and a PS pump for about $150 shipped, but
>> it still has a few other issues that thought maybe some of you might have
>> some insight on.
>> First of all, the "ABS OFF" light stays on continually.  I hit the ABS
>> button, but it doesn't seem to do anything.  In fact, none of those
>> buttons
>> do anything.  I noticed last night that the lights behind the buttons were
>> on, but I pressed one of them and the light went out and would only come
>> back on if I turned the car off and back on.
>> The CAT light flashes constantly.  I'm guessing that means the catalytic
>> converter is bad and I'll probably need a new O2 sensor as well  (the car
>> was missing the owner's manual).
>> The AIRBAG light is usually on.  I have no idea what this means.
>> The CHECK ENGINE light sometimes comes on when I'm idling, but I can make
>> it
>> go out just by hitting the gas.  I figure it probably has something to do
>> with either the problem with the cat or the PS pump.
>> The thing that concerns me the most is there seems to be an almost
>> grinding
>> noise from underneath the car upon acceleration.  It's not constant and
>> sometimes it doesn't do it at all.  I'm hoping maybe a driveline bearing
>> or
>> u-joint or something.  I'm hoping it's not the transmission.
>> I think that's pretty much everything.  I figure for $850, though, I'm
>> still
>> not doing too badly.  If I have to I figure I can sell the interior and
>> the
>> engine/drivetrain for what I have into it so far and still break even.  I
>> was also considering maybe buying that grey manual V8 someone posted about
>> yesterday, then swapping my black interior into it so I can just sell my
>> pearl with grey interior. Grey with black interior would be sweet! =D
>> By the way, do these cars come with headers from the factory?  This car
>> appears to be completely stock, so I was surprised to not see clean,
>> individual tubes instead of rusty cast iron exhaust manifolds.
>> Anyway, I'm open to any thoughts, suggestions, comments, etc...
>> Seamus
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