The last time I checked in and delivered the news that my $925 2002 Audi S4 shockingly needed a little work, its biggest issues were quite apparent. Since then, its new auxiliary water pump showed up in the mail, as did two new CV axles, a mess of filters, fresh oil, and a lot of other bits and pieces the car desperately needed to undo years of deferred maintenance and bring it back to flawless running condition. Well, almost flawless.
I’m not going to lie, I had a little trepidation about diving into this project. Was I too confident? Is this old German sedan about to embarrass me? Was this going to turn into a Carrie-like scenario where the Internet plus all my family and friends collectively laugh in my face, and some crazed voice starts screaming they’re all gonna laugh at you?
Thankfully, I’m not covered in pig’s blood yet. There has been some colorful language, however.
The Elephant in the Room (Or Rather, Valley)
Firing up the ol’ Bavarian steed for the very first time revealed a massive coolant leak. Some quick examination showed its auxiliary water pump was broken open and emptying the…