[V8] v8 tb/cooling - Update - final

Jason Wilkerson wilke_jb at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 5 19:09:34 PST 2009

   Just wanted to give a final update on this situation, in hopes that it will spare some of you the trouble I have had with this car.  If you would remember I spoke of 'spiral noodle pieces' in the cooling system, no interior heat, and sometimes overheating in traffic.  I found the culprit - it was the heater core.  Audi, in their infinite wisdom, placed spiral plastic bars inside of the tubes on the heater core.  I assume that it was to make more coolant make contact - in turn making the core more efficient.  I took an end cap off and found a reall mess, which I assume is other places (namely the radiator) but there is really nothing I can do about that.  I now have heat, and I don't notice it overheating as of yet, but we will see come summer - at which time I may replace the radiator.  Anyway - lesson to be learned - replace your heater core even if it isn't leaking.  If anyone wants pictures of the inside of the core, let me know I can e-mail them
 to you.  Good luck, and thanks again for all the help.


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