shock noise

Phil Rose pjrose at
Mon Dec 22 18:48:52 PST 2008

At 12:12 PM -0800 12/22/08, Bernie Benz wrote:
>My failing transverse links have always squeaked in warning, never 
>clunked. Those ball joints would have to be sloppy loose to clunk!

Other people do seem to get clunks. As to having to be "sloppy loose" 
in order to clunk...well perhaps so. But so what? This is perhaps 
just one more example of  your sunbelt environment being a little 
easier on your Audis compared to what midwest and eastern owners 
experience. Anyway, we're making suggestions to someone who recently 
bought an 18 yr-old car with relatively unknown maintenance and 
driving history. It doesn't take much imagination to conclude that if 
he's able to grab hold of a rear wheel and make it audibly clunk by 
pulling upwards against that linkage (as was the case in two of my 
'91s), then they'll likely do some klunking when driving over rough 

>Since I've started to relube these ball jionts, no more failures. 
>Also this TL is a common and cheap part at your AW and either end 
>can be replaced.

I recall hearing that each end was available separately in the fairly 
distant past, but that situation was said to have changed quite a 
number of years ago. Have you recently seen the link ends listed as 
separate items?


>On Dec 21, 2008, at 10:25 AM, Phil Rose wrote:
>>At 3:09 PM -0500 12/20/08, Daniel Wing wrote:
>>>Don't spring for shocks until you are absolutely, positively SURE it
>>>is not just the bushings in the lower arm of the rear suspension.
>>>That is what clunks in my rig have always been, here in bumpy dirt
>>>road Vermont. Lots cheaper, and it will burn you up to replace the
>>>shocks and still have it clunk.
>>Another common source of rear suspension clunking is from a worn
>>"camber link"--in either the upper or lower part of the linkage (but
>>replacement is available only as a complete link). Test these links
>>for excessive play by getting the rear tire up in the air (e.g. car
>>on lift) and pulling strongly(!) upwards on the bottom of the tire.
>>Phil Rose.....Rochester, NY USA
>>'06 A3q 3.2 V6 (5K, silver)
>>'91 200q	(156K, Lago blue)
>>Gone to Audi Valhalla:
>>'91 200q   (Tornado red)
>>'89 100 (Bamboo gold)
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Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
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