So I pulled some codes from my car last night. Only code that came up was the 02 sensor. It's already on order. Other than that, its all running well. It's looking like I will be set to chip it this summer. :-D
So sad story....While in the snow, i gave the car a little throttle to kick it around in a parkng lot. I hear a "whrrRRR" noise and then grinding. Only grinds when I engage the clutch. all gears sound the same. Almost sounds like the clutch disk came apart.
I was thinking my clutch let go after the couple hard launches the other night, but I think it might also be a CV axle that let go. I just pushed it so it looked parked and left to come back to it. It was just too late to deal with it..
Now the plan is to tow it the 7 or so blocks home with my neighbors 5000Q today when he gets off work for a closer inspection.
Could be worse....
It broke when I'm in the market for a clutch...
I have money for a clutch for once..
And it's in a parking lot close to home.
on top of that, I just started manual drive trains in school so I might be able to put one in myself and get credit for it. Or I could just sent it to a good local place just to get it done. It is my only car so I'm out of a car until I fix it.
So, before my clutch broke, I got my car stuck. I've never gotten a quattro stuck before. I was going to go down an unplowed park road, I thought it was only about 4-6" deep, but the snow was a little deeper than it looked....By about 6"....the car bottomed out on the frame in the front. the back tires where on about an inch of ice. I tried digging it out, but I ended up having to tow it out.
It was a bit of an adventure.
I also managed to puncture a tire in the process somehow...
So I ordered the part. 80$ for the part and a 75$ core. So I'm basicly paying 5$ for a new part. Should have it in 4-6 days.
While I'm at it I'm going over all the other axles and making sure the boots are all clamped well.
You sure you did the math right on that? They wouldn't make any money on that if it netted out to $5. Be glad you didn't pop a CV on a C5q. The best price I found to replace the busticated joint on my wife's car was $172 with no core. The whole axle was $300-800 depending on the source! Did not try raxles because i forgot about them...
So I picked up my axle. It looks to be in pretty good shape. Hope to have it on tomorrow. :-D
I also found out that the 200Q CV axles have been discontinued, which sucks because I may need another one someday...
So I got to school this morning and started work on the CV axle. i got the ball joint stud out and started looking at the axle attachment points. I look at the bolts holding it in the trans and was caught a little off guard.
There's a special tool needed that I've never seen before....
So, I pushed the car back out of the shop and started working on a clutch job.
I went to Oreilys at lunch with a bolt out of the new CV axle looking for the tool I needed. They had a 4pc set on the shelf for 5$...
Wish I would have know it wasn't special order before I started something else. Oh' well. Clutch should be done tomorrow then The Audi is getting back in for the new axle, either later tomorrow or Thursday morning, depending on how nice the clutch job goes back together.
The clutch job was a bitch. 200K+ mile escort = stuck, rusted out, broken bolt hell-hole.
Anyway...Got the Quattro in and back together today. The old axle came out in two pieces. Front joint wasn't even attached anymore. The new one went in nice and easy. I'm going to take the old one apart just for curiosity's sake tomorrow.
Random picture I took today:
My neighbors 80K mi 5000Q and my freshly washed and waxed 200Q.
So, Leaking hydraulic hoses suck. I replaced the pump-to-reservoir hose a couple weeks ago only to find that the have the pump-to-rack hose is also leaking. And it's getting worse. I was thinking the type-F ATF might be eating my lines up, so I asked Eric about it at Euro Car. He agreed with me that it is the cause, so to all that say ATF is ok to run....Don't!
Flushing that shit out has been bumped to the top of my priority list before it eats any seals in the pump or rack. The lower hose is WAY to expensive and I don't have a good used one. I thought the one off my 5000Q would work, but the fittings a a little different. Time to search and see if I can either get one made or find a used one somewhere.