[V8] It's Home!

Ingo Rautenberg ingo.rautenberg at gmail.com
Sat Apr 11 16:02:01 PDT 2009

Hmm.  Interesting.  Glad to know you made it home in one piece (and  
that it did, as well).

Off hand, the V8 serpentine belt for the 5 speed is shorter than the  
same belt for the automatic.  So if you're lucky, that's what went  
wrong with the belt. Otherwise something may have seized-up -- I hope  

Turbo rush -- I know what you mean.  I loved that in my 200q20v.   
Much more stately in the V8.

Your pad light it likely a break or unused front pad sensors.  The  
other ones, I dunno.  Could be misadjusted parking brake switch, etc.

You likely have a very-much-lightened flywheel. Cat light might be  
loose connection.  Does it even have cats?

Good luck. Yeah, I hope it's not Bad Puppy II


On Apr 11, 2009, at 5:44 PM, Kent McLean wrote:

> I picked up the new-to-me '90 V8 with the 5-speed today and drove
> it 150 miles from Burlington VT to Concord NH.  Although I did
> test drive the car, it wasn't enough to really get to know it. After
> 150 miles, here are my initial impressions;
> Unlike the I-5 turbo, it starts right up. Vrooom!
> My chipped 20V seems to have a lot more get-up-and-go! The 3.6L V8 is
>    more sedate as it makes its way to cruising speed. It's not  
> slow, it's
>    just not as spirited as the turbo in the way it gets there.
> This one seems to have a really light flywheel. You let off the gas  
> and
>    it's like you turned off the ignition. Even on the highway the car
>    abruptly looses pace. You let off the gas and the mileage meter
>    instantly goes to all dashes ----. Get back on the gas and it  
> starts
>    at 200 MPG before dropping to the high 20s. The transition is  
> abrupt.
> That 3" exhaust is loud. More so from 0-30, but still noticeable at  
> 75.
>    I'll eventually do something about that, but right now don't fix  
> what
>    ain't broke.
> There are an awful lot of warning lights on the dash, and most of them
> are lit.
>    The "Brake Light" light, (O) brake pad light, and "Brake" light
>    are all on. All 3 of them. Ferrari: "I build my cars to go, not  
> stop."
>    The Antilock Brake light is on.
>    The "Cat" light is flashing.
> Also, there's some vibration coming from somewhere. The PO says it's
>    the snow tires that are on it. I'm hoping so. The wheels are Moda
>    after market, so I don't have to worry about replacing bad OEM  
> BBSs.
> The interior wood trim has been painted black, which I can live with.
> There's a big chip in the windshield. I don't think it will grow,  
> but I
>    also don't think it will pass inspection. This might not be so bad.
>    Except for the cost, there's nothing like a new windshield to make
>    an old car seem like new.
> There's an Air/Fuel ratio gauge set into the console to the left of  
> the
>    HVAC controls. I'll probably replace that with a voltmeter (see  
> below).
> The piece of the dash below the instrument cluster, which is a  
> separate
>    piece on the Type 44 200, is lifting and obscuring the bottom parts
>    of the gauges. That'll need fixing.
> There's a Panasonic radio that is ugly as sin and will need to be
>    replaced. But for now it works, so it is staying.
> On I89, up around Exit 14 or so, there was a nice long straight with
> good sight lines and sparse traffic. I was already cruising at 80, so
> I gave it some gas until I saw triple digits. :)  "The devil made me
> do it."
> About 10 miles from home, still on I89, I noticed the battery light
> had joined the others. And the oil light had come on. Uh Oh! The other
> gauges showed the oil pressure and temp to be OK, so I soldiered on.
> Changing lanes, I noticed the PS was gone. I touched the brakes and
> they, too, needed a real firm foot. So I held my breath and gingerly
> made it home.  A peak under the engine bay showed the ribbed belt
> was still there, but it was dragging on the ground.  The only other
> Audi to throw a belt on me was Bad Puppy. Is this Bad Puppy II?  I
> didn't check the oil level 'cuz after popping the release, I couldn't
> find the under-hood release . Doh!
> In spite of all that, all the right mods have been done, so it is just
> a matter of fettling it, as the British say. I just need to do that
> last bit of fine tuning to make it all work.
> -- 
> Kent McLean
> 1999 A4 Avant, V6 Tiptronic
> 1991 200 TQA #3, with mods
> 1990 V8 w/5-speed and other mods
> gone: '91 200 TQA x2, '94 100 S Avant, '89 200 TQ "Bad Puppy"
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