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RE: CGT rant- front end clunk
YES YES YES! Same thing happened to me and drove (no pun) me nuts for 1-1/2
years on an Audi 100! Struts were Gabriel that were removed and KYB (with
spacers) that I installed. As soon as I compressed the struts and took the
top nut mount off you could move the cartridge up and down in the strut and
THERE WAS THAT NOISE.
From: Dave Conner [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 1999 1:35 PM
Subject: re: CGT rant- front end clunk
Do you know the history of the car?
What struts are installed in the front?
Is the car a recent acquisition?
Has the clunk been there since you got the car?
Under what conditions do you hear the clunk?
Reason for these questions is this...
I had a baffling clunk in an Audi (91 200tq), and the noise was there when
I got the car.
Turned out the P.O. had installed non OEM struts...using KYB.
These have a smaller diameter than OEM and require a spacer/collar to be
placed over the top of the strut tube. Guess what...his favorite German
car repair specialist had not installed them. I imagine upon opening the
box and seeing the spacers the "mechanic" looked at them, scratched his
head, shrugged, and tossed them in the trash.
I checked nearly every possibility before pulling the struts out to look at
them. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw they were free to flop back
and forth inside the strut housing. I checked with KYB and they confirmed
the struts were the correct p/n for the car. Later talking to a friend
with experience using non OEM struts in his Audi rally car, he
said..."didn't they install the spacers?"
He then rummages around under the workbench and pulls out a couple which
were the exact right fit and hands them to me.
Good luck tracking it down.