My 1998 Audi A4 quattro Avant (station wagon) crossed 250,000 miles few weeks ago and while it is still going strong, it does need some attention. This car is the 2.8L 30V 5-speed configuration (2.8 litres displacement, 30 valves, yes, that means 5 valves per cylinder, and 5-speed manual transmission). I started working on the suspension last year and got the rear springs and shocks replaced, I have the new front springs and shocks, but have not had the time to fit them. Oh, yeah, the springs are the Vogtland 35mm lowered sport spring set and the shocks are Bilstein Sport. So the car has been riding lower in the rear than the front since last December. It has needed a new clutch for the past 20,000 miles, I just keep nursing it along. The subwoofer in the cargo area in the back needs to have it’s foam surround replaced. I have a set of steel brake lines to replace the six short rubber hoses. Nothing major …
After meeting with my mechanic a few weeks ago we identified a couple other things the car needed. The first order of business was to address a very slight mis-fire at low speeds and under heavy load. My guess was spark plug, wire, or ignition coil pack as low speed and heavy load put the highest demands on the ignition system. The car was not showing any ignition related fault codes, and my mechanic said that any ignition coil fault would set a fault code. He also flagged that the valve cover gaskets were leaking and letting oil seep into the spark plug well and contaminate the plugs.
So this weekend I tackled the valve cover gaskets / spake plugs / plug wires and general cleanup. I also replaced the cracked brake fluid reservoir.
Replacing the rear springs and shocks was the first major automotive project I have done in years. This is the first major project under the hood of this car, even though I have owned it for well over 10 years and 100,000 miles. Up until now I did not have the luxury of working leisurely on this car, we needed it for our daily commutes, so any work went to the shop and we got a loaner. Having said that, there has been very little that needed to be done to the engine.
The next items are a mix of general maintenance and projects.
The air filter needs replacing
It is due for an oil change
I need to find a rubber surround for the subwoofer
The front suspension is calling me
Those brake lines are not going to replace themselves
But I will pay to have a professional replace the clutch, anybody know where I can get an affordable lightweight flywheel / clutch kit for a 1998 A4 (B5 chassis) 2.8L 30V 5-speed quattro Avant ?
I am always in need of a certain command or utility and end up searching the Internet for a solution. I’ve gotten tired of it and am starting to collect useful commands and utilities here so that I can easily find them. Of course that means anyone else can find them as well.
Mac OS Show All Files (including dot files) in Finder
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES Tested on version: 10.12.5 Sierra I found this at Ian’s Blog.
A collection of Ubiquiti WAP links follows. I am a big fan of the Ubiquiti Wireless Access Points (WAP) and supporting Enterprise network systems.
When I asked on the Theatre-Sound List for suggestions of software tools that permit playback of sound cues for Theatre, I received lots of suggestions. I was asking specifically about tools that work under Windows. My primary laptop runs Mac OS and I use QLab from Figure 53, but I have a secondary laptop that runs Windows and I wanted to put it into service for playback as well. I occasionally run into situations where I need my primary system, but also have a gig needing playback. So I gathered together all the suggested products (and a couple comments from folks) for reference.
Richmond Sound Design’s SoundMan-Server: Charlie Richmond just about wrote the book on Theatrical sound playback technology, I recall reading a paper of his presented at an AES conference on Sound Reinforcement in 1986.
Black Cat Systems Sound Byte: this is more of a “cart machine” than a cue stack, but it does have some MIDI automation. It is available for Windows, Mac OSX, and iOS.
MultiPlay: as of Feb. 2016 this is not under active development, so no new bug fixes and as new versions of Windows come out there are likely to be driver issues. As a note, MultiPlay was mentioned by more people than any of the others, but that may be because of the cost, FREE.