UrS and 200 ball joint failures

Schaible, David David.Schaible at jrspharma.com
Thu Nov 13 13:14:03 PST 2008

This sounds like a classic example of your front strut bearing getting
seized up, the part is a plastic cased bearing on the top of spring
assembly, basically as I understand it the spring gets wound when
turning at low speed and then releases the tension which is the clunk.
The function of the bearing is to prevent the spring winding while
moving or stationary. Many times the bearing can be relubed...talk to
bernie about relubing anything, the part cost like $30 from the dealer
two years ago when I bought them new.

If you look at the bently parts diagram you will see what I'm talking
about and if I mislead you I will be corrected with a multiplicity of
responses soon,  

My personal 0.02$ is this is not a big concern as itdoesnt usually
affect handling too much,  I would wait until I had good reason to
remove  the strut assemblies b/c they are a major hassle and require
special tools and know how to get this back together properly.

If you have cash, then by all means get it fixed right away and pay a
shop to do it.

David Schaible
JRS Pharma LP
2981 Rt. 22
Patterson, NY 12563

-----Original Message-----
From: jlagnese at massed.net [mailto:jlagnese at massed.net] 
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:16 PM
To: michael; 200q20v at audifans.com
Subject: Re: UrS and 200 ball joint failures

Backing up as well? I also have this. Also
undiagnosed as yet. 91 200 TQ 20V with 135K.

---- Original message ----

  Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 13:50:16 -0600
  From: michael <mdearing at mhtc.net>
  Subject: Re: UrS and 200 ball joint failures
  To: 200q20v at audifans.com
  >I have had a mysterious clunk in the front end
  for many miles(since
  >150k, now 230k). Alignment specialists have not
  been able to figure
  >it out. A good indy with lots of 5000/100/200/S
  experience has not
  >been able to figure it out. It now happens more
  often. Happens only
  >when turning at very low speed (out of a parking
  space for instance)
  >and mostly when just starting out (less than 5
  >Any clues as to what to have checked that may
  have been missed?
  >- michael
  >On Aug 12, 2008, at 2:00 PM,
  200q20v-request at audifans.com wrote:
  >> Message: 3
  >> Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 12:41:09 -0400
  >> From: "mike claire" <mike.claire at gmail.com>
  >> Subject: Re: [s-cars] UrS and 200 ball joint
  >> To: "Peter Schulz" <pcschulz at comcast.net>
  >> Cc: 200 20v List <200q20v at audifans.com>,
  >> <s-car-list at audifans.com>, Fred Munro
  <munrof at sympatico.ca>
  >> Message-ID:
  <d219f42d0808120941m636c26edl2d8f895aa6ef2458 at mail.gmail.com>
  >> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
  >> Good deal, that answers it for me. No clunks
  and tight front-end =
  >> don't
  >> worry about it. I'll have somebody I trust give
  the pinch bolts a
  >> good look
  >> the next time it's in.
  >> On Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 9:55 AM, Peter Schulz
  >> <pcschulz at comcast.net> wrote:
  >>> I second what Fred said about the pinch
  bolts..happened to my wife
  >>> in our
  >>> green S6 and luckily it was in a parking lot.
  >>> If you purchase your car used, and have a
  mysterious clunk in the
  >>> front end
  >>> that you can't resolve despite checking
  everything and replacing
  >>> most wear
  >>> items save the control arms, don't just check
  the torque on the pinch
  >>> bolt...remove it and make sure its not a: the
  wrong type of bolt,
  >>> hardness
  >>> unknown, b: cross threaded, so you "think"
  it's tight...
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