Anything is better than a ford. Good find, I find deals like this all the time, my past 5 cars have been 700 or less and needed either a trans or motor. How is the body on it?
Sent from under my car.
just picked up over the weekend a 98 a4 1.8t for $500. only has 101k on the odometer, but im sure you all know why it went for so cheap! thats right, you got it! timing belt! but for $500 you cant go wrong. the only downside other than the bent valves is the fact that it is a FWD. but who cares? my girlfriend doesnt because its replacing her ford contour.
pics coming soon
Last edited by Connella08; 07-02-2012 at 10:33 PM.
ive been working on the head at work. almost done assembling it, but here is the progress i have done.
pulling the head
pretty clean for a dirty head
pulled all the valves out and washed the head
doing the valve job on the intake side
redundant close up
resurfacing the head
all the valves in the head after machine work
valves i was able to save
i was able to save 8 of the intake valves. i cleaned them using a glass bead cabinet, checked the stem wear with a micrometer, and reground the face and tip of the valves. none of them had any run-out at all.
Well I was finally able to get it finished up yesterday and put a full set of rear brakes on it. I do have a few concerns though. Pulling the rear hubs off, the nut holding the bearings in place was finger loose. I put it all back together and make the nut a little tighter than finger loose but couldn't find any torque specs on it since its a fwd vehicle.
Also when I rev it up and let it drop back to idle, it drops to about 400-500 Rpms then picks back up. Any ideas on what could cause that? I haven't checked for vacuum leak but the idle is the only issue I am having so I don't think a vacuum leak would cause that. There are also SURPRISINGLY no check engine lights on the car.
And last but not least, I bled all four brakes starting with furthest from the master to the closest and all new brakes in the rear, but the pedal still goes almost all the way to the floor before the brakes start to catch. Possibly a bad master?
There's a section under Suspension/brakes that talks about how to do the rear brakes on a FWD car.
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Thanks, I will look into that next time I work on the car. I didn't want to make it tight when I put it all together because I figured compressing a bearing like that would be bad, but I made it snug because I though being able to remove the nut with no tools at all was too loose.
runs like a champ. my girl got a ticket the other day for the tint, so that came off. i pulled the entire interior out and steam cleaned the carpet, and i took the seat covers off and machine washed them. i also replaced a bunch of the plastics that were cracked (interior rocker and B-pillar plastic) now it smells and looks like a clean car again! just had to do the flex pipe though and a pipe clamp broke under the radiator (that metal pipe along the bottom of the bumper) and the hose fell off on the turbo side making it run like total ass. but overall makes for a better car than her old ford contour 1000 times over.
so over the past few weeks i have noticed a leak in the steering rack draining into the inner tie rod boot, replaced the master reservoir (badly sunbaked and cracked) and bled the brakes. although it seems like maybe the master is bad? with the car off, it takes between 1 and 1.5 pumps to make the brake solid. i could hold it there all day and it wont sink. as soon as i start the car, it goes ALMOST to the floor (about an inch off the floor). if i pump the brake it doesnt build pressure and if i hold the brake with the car running the pedal still doesnt sink. i bled all 4 brakes numerous times and i cant tell you how much fluid i put through it. what confuses me is that i can almost lock up the brakes in a split second if i have to. so am i being too picky about the pedal going down so far? my 01 only presses about 2 inches total when the car is running.
Check how much brake pad you have left on pads also look for a rubber line with a crack in it. That could also give you spongy feel compared to other car
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