Gary @ Ronal
10-22-1998, 02:42 PM
Well after the recent posts about the problems w. sway bars, and body cracks, noises, and bushings wearing out, I finally took mine to the dealer--by the way I went to Commonwealth Audi,Santa Ana.<p>My A4Q, 96, 2.8l has had the large NEUSPEED springs and sway bars installed--by Neuspeed and these are mated w. Koni Sport Shocks. I have at present, 49K on the car, so warranty issues came into play.<br>I will state, unequivacably that I have had NO PROBLEMS w. this car!! Recently, I have been getting so "creeking noises" in the front, especially when going over bumps and the clutch has gotten an occasional "creek" when depressed, occasionally. So after all the posts it was time to check it out!!<br>First and foremost to my relief and everyone else out there--there were no cracks or bushings missing or cracked!!ATT: NEUSPEED! The noise was very difficult to pinpoint yet they had this neat little gadget, headphones w. 6 sensitive microphones that could be attached anywhere to listed to see where the noise eminated from!! We finally found it and it was in the strut tower and shock assembly. I'll have to have the installers look at that one! <br>Further all the bushings and mount points for the sway bars were intact and did not eminate any noises and of course no cracks, were visible.<br>I did come across an interesting trick that the mechanic performed to lubricate the ball joint by taking a syringe and injecting directly into the rubber molding a white grease compound. Apparently, that is where alot of noise comes from on some cars, due to a limited amount of lubrication in that little area.<p>By the way, the creeky spring noise in the clutch, when depressed turned out to be a clutch cylinder, not a noisy spring. They replaced this.<p>Anyhow, I thought I'd relay my story regarding these issues. By the way, I don't think anyone drives their car harder than I--so I think this is a good testimonial for Audi and how they are at 50K mi. <br>I look forward to any additional input or questions. Gary.