200q Center bearing Repair

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Mon Jun 28 12:29:41 EDT 2004

I'm not familiar with the noise that the driveshaft center bearing 
makes when in need of lube, however what you've described is similar 
to a very common noise in 100+ kmile cars. This is a metallic 
scraping noise --only while you coast in gear and off-throttle--that 
eminates from somewhere directly below the center console area. It's 
definitely not coming from the rear. It has defied definite 
diagnosis, and my Audi wrench didn't think it was driveshaft related. 
Many posts on this subject although no solutions. I've found that the 
noise disappears almost completely by pulling up on the shift lever 
(i.e., parallel to the lever). Doing this requires very little force 
and a movement of about 1/8" or less.

I've begun to wonder if that (my) noise might be related to excessive 
wear in the shift-lever bushing, the ball-and-socket (or whatever) in 
that linkage. Initially I only could hear the noise in 1-4th gears, 
but eventually it could be heard in 5th, too. Eventually I'll get 
down in there and have a look at the shift linkage, but so far I've 
just tried to ignore it. Shifting is fine.


At 11:14 AM -0400 6/28/04, TooManyAudis at aol.com wrote:
>I have the exhaust off my 200q20v for some repairs to the rear end (no
>schoolboy giggling, please), and was thinking that now would be a 
>good time to pay
>the center driveshaft some much needed attention.
>I have been getting noise when I let off the gas (like a metal on metal
>rattle) and I think it is narrowed down to the U-joint / center 
>bearing area.  Of
>course, with this being a long hollow chunk of metal, it's difficult to say
>precisely from where the noise originates.
>I did a google search and there is refererence to both a BMW and a Mercedes
>replacement bearing / carrier that will work with the audi drive shafts, but I
>am having trouble tracking down the exact part numbers and which bearing /
>carrier goes to which audi driveshaft.
>If anyone has the information, please let me know, or, alternately, provide
>me with a link where it can be found.
>Tom Werner
>200q20v mailing list
>200q20v at audifans.com


Phil Rose				Rochester, NY USA
'91 200q	(140K, Lago blue)
'91 200q   (64K, Tornado red)			mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net

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