[V8] ...warning....

Ed Dekker dekkere at fuse.net
Thu Nov 27 07:02:33 PST 2008

Good point.  Except I'm still angry about the DOT headlamps on my '87 and 
'90 Audis.  We were in a life-threatening position coming from the mountains 
down to Denver in heavy snow and rush hour traffic.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger Woodbury" <rmwoodbury at roadrunner.com>
To: "'Ed Dekker'" <dekkere at fuse.net>
Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2008 7:16 AM
Subject: RE: [V8] ...warning....

The tubing is MDOT and USDOT approved for use as brake lines.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Dekker [mailto:dekkere at fuse.net]
Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2008 12:16 AM
To: v8 at audifans.com
Cc: rmwoodbury at roadrunner.com
Subject: Fw: [V8] ...warning....

    "This new tubing is very bendable by hand..."  I hope the new tubing can

take the brake pressure without bulging and eventually bursting.  Bendable
tubing (copper, aluminum and plastic) doesn't have the pressure rating of

    I'll be surprised if they find a non-corrosive "salt" for clearing ice
and snow.

    Wish you could coat the steel brake lines as well as Audi applies wax
under the fenders and body.  Properly applied, that wax does well at
preventing corrosion.  I had only one rusted fender on my '83 5000 at 15
years, but none on my '87 5000 or my '90 V8 at the same ages.  None yet on
my '97 A6.  I think they missed waxing part of my '83 fender. The fenders,
rockers and frame sections all are rusted away on my '88 Dakota.  The US and

Asians only now seem to be catching up to Audi's rust proofing.
Ed Dekker

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger Woodbury" <rmwoodbury at roadrunner.com>
To: "'Ingo Rautenberg'" <ingo.rautenberg at gmail.com>; <v8 at audifans.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 6:44 PM
Subject: Re: [V8] ...warning....

> Here in Maine is is now very different than in the olden days.
> We have an annual inspection and in order for the car to pass it cannot be
> leaking anything from anywhere, no rust through on the body, and
> everything
> that is supposed to be working when the car left the factory, must be
> working at time of inspection:  ie:  no lights on the dash.
> However in the past year there is now a new requirement for intact and non
> corroded brake lines.  What this means is that the car is put on a lift
> and
> the brake lines are ALL inspected, and if anything is suspect the car
> fails
> and the brake lines must be replaced.
> There is amply good reason for this because for the past few years the
> Maine
> DOT has been sanding and salting roads in the winter here using some sort
> of
> obnoxious stuff that melts the ice and snow all right, and also destroys
> the
> underpinnings of cars, beginning with but not limited to, brakelines.
> I have heard that they are changing the formula for this stuff because so
> many people have complained...complete brake line replacement every two
> years is simply not affordable for an awful lot of people here, me
> included.
> There is also a new brake line material that is being used that is not
> made
> of steel as the old ones were. This new tubing is very bendable by hand
> and
> will not rust out EVER.  More expensive than the old fashioned steel but
> infinitely better.
> Roger
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