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Engine just started running hot...next steps
Posted by: GafferVA (106521) on 2017-10-04 14:08:50

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Hi everyone,

Northern Virginia guy here, new to the forum. I rooted around to see if anyone had addressed this inquiry, but not exactly...mine is a multi-part inquiry. Thanks for any helpful feedback!

Except for radiator, the entire cooling system was refreshed 3yrs, 42K miles ago. The car is low mileage for age (136K now). The shop that did the work likely used non-OEM grade parts. I'm on a budget, have a great Audi mechanic friend that will help. He said to go ECS for the parts. I'm considering replacing everything, looking for your suggestions on excellent "reasonably priced" WP and thermostat you suggest. Gates offers a racing belt; Audi buddy said standard is fine. What about the pulleys...any preferences on "OEM-quality" grade, low cost for those? From other threads, think I'll go with Pentofrost SF coolant, DI water.

Lastly, one of the plastic manifold intake arms is broken. You folks like Gruvenparts aluminum replacements? Thanks! John
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