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Intake Manifold Linkage Arms - Unbreakable Replacements

Old 10-26-2009, 04:47 AM
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Default If you look in my pictureposter you'll see a couple of pics

of the intake runner taken apart. You have to remove the intake manifold. As PaulW said, the reason these fail is because the magnesium corrodes internally and the vacuum actuator (which is incredibly strong) pulls the arm and it snaps because the intake runner can no longer rotate.

In my opinion (I've fixed three and seen a bunch more), if your arms are broken it's highly unlikely that it's only due to a plastic failure and replacing the arm(s) will "fix" the root cause of the problem. You have nothing to lose, you're going to need new arms anyway.

What happens is people replace the broken arms and because the intake no longer moves, the new arms don't break because they never move either. The problem appears to be "fixed".... You won't get any codes when this happens either. And, if you haven't owned the car for a while, might not even notice that they're not working. There is a vag-com output test.

You should be able to rotate the actuator by hand by either pulling the arm (opposite of where it connects to the vac actuator - black diaphragm) or by grabbing the black piece where the arm connects to.

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Old 10-27-2009, 01:29 PM
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Default Intake Linkage Arms

Originally Posted by invisiblewave View Post
Both of mine appear to move freely, the only resistance being the spring, yet both arms are broken. Looking at the break in the arms, there are visible air bubbles inside the plastic, covering roughly 1/3 of the fractured surface.
Both of mine appear to move with the only resistance coming from the springs.
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:39 AM
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There is already a solution for these.

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Old 10-31-2009, 06:13 PM
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In the case of the corrosion issue preventing the arms from moving, would you expect the actuators to move easily by hand?
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:11 PM
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Gruvenparts have them now too, and they look a lot nicer!!

I'm still a bit concerned, myself, with fitting unbreakable arms after reading about Bob's experiences. Assuming that the actuators inside the manifold do eventually become corroded and are prevented from moving, I wonder whether the arms might then cause damage to other parts if they can't move and can't break. On the other hand, since my engine has 63k on it and the actuators still move freely, my suspicion is that the corrosion problem might only be able to develop to the point that the actuators don't move if they've already been static for some length of time due to the arms being broken. I plan to keep a fairly close eye on mine after I fit the new arms, although the most likely thing to break other than the arms would appear to be the vacuum diaphragm or the ball connector on either end of the fitted arm, which doesn't appear to be a significantly worse scenario than I have now.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:18 AM
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And yes, do make sure the rods rotate freely, clean them up if needed.

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Old 11-07-2009, 09:54 AM
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I've just replaced the broken plastic VW arms with machined aluminium arms from (~$50, rather than ~$750 for the two VW kits you would require). I have to say, contrary to what the dealer told me, the difference is fairly dramatic. The throttle feels generally more responsive, and the acceleration is significantly improved, especially around the 3000 rpm mark. Just before 3000 rpm, it almost feels now like a turbo kicking in. I'm pretty sure they must have been broken when I bought the car, I've never known the engine feel like this. They're very simple to fit, they clip on to the nipples with a good squeeze on a pair of channel lock pliers. Highly recommended!

It seems the issue, at least on my engine, isn't corrosion inside the manifold. The rotating parts move freely and are actuated by the vacuum diaphragm as soon as the engine starts.
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:33 AM
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Interesting... Actuator arms were ok on mine, BUT the two rods were ceased inside the graphite bushes. I wonder if this is why arms break??
Still, no explanation why the rods would cease inside the bushes.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:21 AM
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Could you send the link or webpage to your picture posting on the Intake Runner maintenance to free up the stuck runners. I am going to first go with the Sea Foam in the intake, but wanted to see what the full job looks like.

Thank you,
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:03 PM
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Can someone please point me to the step-by-step guide /w pictures around the Intake Manifold service?

I have a 2001 Audi S8 and I have ordered a replacement for the broken part but would also like to conduct the service.

I had seen a pretty detailed write-up (Paul?).

Thanks in advance.

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