I thought it was time for an update on the fleet.
This has been trundling around (occasionally at 8200rpm
) while awaiting its fate. The only thing I've done to it is flush out the heater matrix as the heater wan't blowing cold. I used descaler shiz and was maybe a bit too quick in putting it back together after seeing some gunk come out-it now works perfectly on the passenger side but is now as warm on the drivers side. It's not dual zone so it just needs more cleaning out. But more likely I'll ignore it til we rip it apart...
There was a bit of vibration and clunking coming from the front suspension on this. I'd been putting off fixing this but a puncture followed by a ripped sidewall by the garage I took it to to fix it gave me a reason. The garage said the tire had been ran flat which is why it ripped, i think it was more hamfistedness. 2 new tyres were ordered up (from my usual garage) and I prodded the suspension while it was apart.
These things run a complicated setup with multiple arms achieving what is basically a double wishbone setup at the front. The upper arms on mine were showing some wear in the bushings so a full set of Meyle HD arms were ordered up at a good price. I've been happy with Meyle HD stuff in the past-sort of OEM plus with heavier duty bushes but not as harsh as poly bushing.
Audi thoughtfully use a setup where the two balljoints press into the alloy upright and are held in by one long bolt. They don't use any anti seize compound though so the bolts always snap. At least I knew this going into it. It wasn't too bad, I used washers on the threaded end and a nut to pull it out as far as possible and then hammered it out the rest of the way.
New ones fitted and ready to go back on
All I can say is I'm glad I was doing it on a 340bhp V8, if it was a TDi I'd wish I'd bought an Octavia instead...
At the same time I removed the front caliper sliders and cleaned them up.
Back together and it feels LOTS better. There's still a tiny rattle over speed bumps but it's not drop links or top mounts so i now suspect trim or something rattling.
It's pretty lacking in underseal underneath so I want to
buy a Grand Cherokee for the winter underseal it. I'm not looking forward to doing it but after being quoted £600 to get it done professionally I think I'll man up and underseal the car myself. And no doubt underseal my hair, the driveway, my ear, the dog...
Any underseal recommendations/tips welcome!
I'll also do the rear caliper sliders, more as preventative maintenance than anything else.
A scrappy mission to get a new wing for the Swift I'm selling also got me the entire gubbins I need to fit cruise control for £25 This is a bargain as the parts sell for over £100 on ebay. I need to fit it and get my mate to code it in then I can happily cruise at 70*mph. Even better all the parts were removed and lying in the boot of the scrapper!