[A4] estimates for control / ball joints

Igor Kessel kbattpo at verizon.net
Wed Apr 28 15:24:05 EDT 2004

Brandon Rogers wrote:

> My car is about ready for its regular 40K front suspension control arm
> replacement.  I'd like to second the request for any BTDT on the job, etc.
> I, too, was thinking about getting a complete kit from ECS, then doing work
> and then having it aligned..
> TIA-
> Brandon
> '98 A4 1.8T
> '84 urq 20V
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Richard Hurt" <rhurt at thepoint.net>
> To: "Joel Landsverk" <jlandsverk at jjkeller.com>
> Cc: <a4 at audifans.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 11:19 AM
> Subject: Re: [A4] estimates for control / ball joints
> Joel,
> I need to do this same operation on my '98Q and I found a pretty good
> deal at ECS (thanx to this list :).  They have a couple of packages
> (w/wo tie rod ends) for $529.95 & $599.95 that look pretty complete.  I
> need to call them and ask if there is anything else that is required
> (seals, nuts & bolts, washers, tools, etc.) to do this job start to
> finish.  I don't want to have my front end apart and then realize that I
> need some extra dealer only part.  :/
> Anyway, if anyone has any feedback on these kits, or tips on doing this
> in your own garage, I would truly appreciate it.
> Later...
>    Richard
> BTW: Here's the links for those kits:
> Meyle Upgraded OE Control Arm Kit W/Hardware
> http://www.ecstuning.com/stage/edpd/pagebuild_v2.cgi/?html=learnmore.html&productID=3005
> Meyle Upgraded OE Control Arm & Heavy Duty Tie Rod End Kit W/Hardware
> http://www.ecstuning.com/stage/edpd/pagebuild_v2.cgi/?html=learnmore.html&productID=3006
> Joel Landsverk wrote:
>>Well, the front end clunking is back and this time it's not under
>>warranty.  So, what I am in for?  I have a '99 A4 1.8t with about 85k
>>miles on it.  I know the original CA's were replaced at about 35k miles
>>under warranty.
>>Has anybody done this themselves?
>>What are the costs involved for parts?
>>What kind of time did it take and what level of difficulty?
>>Joel L
>>'99 A4 1.8t Avant
>>'91 90q 20v

don't do anything yet. A full fledged recall is blooming on the horizon.

"Volkswagen is recalling 870,000 vehicles worldwide due to problems with 
their front axles, the firm's third major recall this year.
Reuters said the affected vehicles are Passat models built between 1996 
and 1999, Audi A4 and A8s from 1994 to 1999 and Audi A6s built between 
1997 and 1999.

The axle's rubber boots can get damaged, which can "lead to premature 
wear and in isolated cases to the failure of the bearing arm, mainly on 
high-mileage vehicles," VW reportedly said in a statement."

GERMANY: VW recalls 870,000 vehicles
28 Apr 2004
Source: just-auto.com editorial team

Igor Kessel
two turbo quattros in the stable,
the third one is in the works

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