[ba] My wrecked V8q (BA)

Arun Rao rao at pixar.com
Fri Aug 23 10:50:13 EDT 2002

Hmm .. suspiciously familiar.  You didn't by any chance replace the
control arm, did you? When I did my front-end last year, the lower ball
joint boot was ripped, so I ordered a new arm.   The  bushings didn't
quite seat properly, but I ignored it at the time.  Six months later,
the stabilzer bar separated from the control arm and the car collapsed
on the right front wheel -- fortunately in a parking lot.  Turned out
that the arm itself was grossly defective, and I failed to notice it
(the depression into which the bushing sits was visibly elliptical,
instead of circular).

Anyway, I'm sure you'll find out soon enough.  Good luck ...


On Friday, August 23, 2002, at 02:33 AM, Shayne wrote:

> Coming home around 23:00 going west on 24 in the Caldecott tunnel my LF
> wheel came off!  So, needless to say, my poor V8q now sits three legged.
> This happened just 300 miles after doing a complete suspension.  I mean
> REALLY COMPLETE.  EVERYTHING WAS CHANGED.  And, just hours after getting
> that alignment done (thanx for the feedback on that post).
> I have NO idea why the wheel came off.  Best I can figure is the
> alignment
> shop removed the wheel to unloosen the tie rods and did not torque
> them.  I
> know my suspension rebuild was flawless.  I have done 6 of them on 6
> different Audis in the last 2 years.  I can give you torque specs by
> heart.
> I highly doubt it had anything to do with me.  I will confirm this in
> the
> light tomorrow.
> So, getting to my questions, any advice on how to handle this with the
> insurance company?  Basically, I have a modded V8q with new H&R springs,
> Bilstein Sports, Brembo rotors, Willwood Calipers, 5ktq strut housings,
> new
> EVERYTHING on the front, including Delrin bushings.  18" wheels, one of
> which some government vehicle hauled away before I could collect it.
> Also, being that I am in law school I don't have time to do this job
> again.
> Nor do I even have a proper shop setup yet.  I just moved.  So, I have
> no
> idea who t take the car to.  This issue arises:  If I go to the dealer
> or
> just let the insurance handle it, I imagine they will insist the car be
> returned to factory shape.  NO WAY.  I am not getting rid of my Delrin,
> springs or Sports.  Nor I am dumping my Willwoods.
> I have Chubb but no experience with their claims.  I have never made one
> with them.
> Anyone have any feedback or input on what I can or should do?  Where to
> go
> to get it fixed?  Know how to get the wheel back?  I need a great body
> shop
> too.  I believe the CHP handled the claim.  No citation was given.
> Thanx so much.
> Shayne P.
> Oakland, CA.
> Enough Audis to give plenty of headaches.
> Parting:  1972 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 4.5
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