Grinding noise when turning left

Phil Rose pjrose at
Thu Apr 24 17:44:45 EDT 2003

At 12:47 PM -0700 4/24/03, Ted Fisher wrote:
>Had a similar problem and it went away when we discovered that the big
>circular nut that holds the front shocks in the strut housing was loose.
>Took a big pair of channel locks and tighten both nuts up. No longer
>have strange noises coming from left front end. Easy and cheap to try.

There's a good reason that Audi specifies 133 lb-ft of torque for
that nut--also a special (and not very costly) tool for doing it. I
doubt you were able to get very close to the required torque using a
"big pair of channel locks", so keep an eye on it, it's what holds
your strut together.

>Derek Pulvino wrote:
>>I've noticed the same in my car for some time as well, and the source has
>>baffled me.  It sounds a lot like a CV, but the boot is fine.  And, it
>>only happen at or very near full lock...going left.
>>I can definetely tell it's from the front left wheel, but not sure what's
>>causing it.  Somebody had suggested maybe a bad ball joint, allowing
>>movement, but I imagine if that was the case I'd hear going both
>>and I'd have some tracking issues...not the case.
>>I too am confused on this one.
>>Derek P
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>>Subject: Grinding noise when turning left
>>Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 19:33:24 -0700
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>>I have developed a grinding noise when turning left. It is not very
>>loud (a=
>>t least not yet) and I only heard it when I had the window down the
>>other d=
>>ay. It really doesn't seem to be load dependent. I did some swerving
>>down t=
>>he street and the loading/unloading really didn't get the noise to pop
>>up. =
>>It really seems to be dependent on the angle of the wheels. When only
>>ng the wheels a little bit, no noise. But if I make a tight turn I can
>>the grinding noise. If the grinding were constant regardless of turn
>>I would suspect a wheel bearing. But I am thinking more along the
>>lines of=
>>a CV joint or something in the steering rack. Anybody had this
>>symptom? An=
>>y ideas?
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Phil Rose
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