[Author Prev][Author Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Author Index][Thread Index]

Re: Audi Brakes

     My brake drag has only repeated itself once since my original post and 
     it was very mild.  The hydraulic boost is intermitant when driving for 
     more than 20 or 30 minutes.  I have recieved some confilicting advice 
     as to what the offending component is and since there seems to be 
     multiple things happening and I'd rather not spend the money to 
     replace all of them.  The first thing I checked was the servo.  
     According to Bentley if "hydraulic oil escapes continuously, servo is 
     defective" and "if only drops of hydraulic oil escape", the servo unit 
     is ok.  Mine loses a few drops every minute or two continuosly.  I 
     assume that this means my servo is on its way out but will a good 
     servo lose just a few drops of oil when the fitting is first removed 
     and then hold 2000+psi without leaking a drop?  Last night I hooked up 
     a 5000psi gauge to the servo to see what is happening.  The system 
     charges up to 2200psi quickly with the engine idleing.  To test the 
     accumlator gas pressure, Bentley says to "turn engine off, pump brake 
     pedal until pressure drops slowly, pressure reading at which gauge 
     drops rapidly to 0 is gas pressure of accumulator, if pressure is 
     lower than 435psi then accumulator must be replaced." I think I 
     understand the reasoning behind this although its not completely 
     obvious how a lack of compressible gas in the system causes an 
     incompressible liquid to slowly rather than rapidly lose pressure.  My 
     system pressure remained over 500psi for at least 60 pedal pumps 
     before the rapid drop to 0 which occured around 100-200psi(accuracy of 
     my gauge is questionable in that range).  According to the book this 
     is insufficiant gas pressure but whats the big deal? It took so long 
     to depressurize the system that I would think the intended use of the 
     gas pressure as emergency boost is still functional.  How long does a 
     new bomb take to depressurize and at what pressure?  Does insufficient 
     gas pressure cause other problems like what I have been experienceing? 
     I also did the leak down test that is supposed to check the bombs' 
     check valve.  The allowable drop is 70psi in 5 minutes and I measured 
     200psi in five minutes.  This could either be the check valve or the 
     leaking servo if it is leaking more than normal.  My plan is to make a 
     plug to go in the servo return line port so I can isolate the check 
     valve.  On another note the pressure transducer on my servo points in 
     towards the engine whereas in the Bentley and other cars I have seen 
     this points out towards the fender. There is no diference in part 
     numbers in my book but its not completely trustworthy.  Thanks for any 
     Pat Kelly  
     '87 5kSQ 

______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________
Subject: Re: Audi Brakes
Author:  Non-HP-rringlie (rringlie@isd.net) at HP-ColSprings,mimegw3
Date:    7/2/97 9:43 PM

PATRICK_KELLY@HP-Andover-om3.om.hp.com wrote:
> Item Subject: Text_1
>      Hi Bob,
>        About 30 minutes into my drive on a 75 degree
>      morning the brakes started to drag and the brake pedal was very hard.
>      I didn't try any hard stops and the indicator light never came on.  I
>      let the car cool down till lunch and drove it again and everything was
>      normal. Drove it home and back to work today and everything seemed
>      normal.  I talked with my parts guy who said its the bomb and it
>      should have been replaced anyway since I'm approaching 200k miles.
>      The Bentley manual has a whole pressure checking procedure for the
>      hydraulic system that I'm considering having done but I thought I'd
>      ask you how you made out with your '89 since the symptoms you
>      described are very similar to mine.  Any help is greatly appreciated.
>      TIA,
>      Pat Kelly
>      kpatrick@an.hp.com
   A quick update on my brake problem.  I installed a used "bomb"
yesterday and it DID NOT change a thing with my 89 brake drag.  After 5
miles of slow speed neighborhood travels, the car slows down as before,
with greater engine effort required.  You can see the boost turbo gauge
actually go up from .4 to .6 when travelling @ 30 mph.  The used bomb
reguires a much sharper pedal stab to get the light to blink and after
engine shutdown, 20 pumps seem to be there inreserve.
Bob Ringlien