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Ensuring Dependability/Avoiding Disaster

As our front-engine water-cooled Porsches age, there are two items under the hood that need attention – and failure to pay attention could result in leaving you stranded on the road or worse, with an engine fire. These are two things that I check first on every car and fix if needed.

924 vs 944: Engine

One of the biggest differences between the engines and therefore the two models is how the engine is mounted in the front subframe. The 944 engine mounts into an aluminum crossmember – the one that also mounts the front control arms and the steering rack. The 944 engine sits on top of the crossmember on two mounts.

Lift Winch Back Saver

So since my trailer has a winch, I thought that having a winch for my four-post lift setup would be a good idea.  There were some requirements, though.  It had to be easily mounted and removed; it had to be sturdy; and it had to be 110v to plug in the wall.  

Insurance Company Junk

When I picked up the car, I was astounded that it was in such great shape. This is definitely not a

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While it doesn’t look that bad, everything to the rear of #2 cylinder was melted. The fire was a hot one.

parts car. So I dove into the engine compartment with two goals – first to determine what started the fire, and two, make a list of what I needed to rescue this puppy.

924 ITB: Update

It seems that when Audi designed the 2.0L engine for the 924 and other cars of the early and mid seventies, they decided that strength was important. So, the crankshaft and connecting rods are all forged, not cast. That instills a lot of confidence in this little engine as far as longevity.