[Biturbos4] Wheel bearing

Mark R speedracer.mark at gmail.com
Mon Apr 16 13:05:47 EDT 2007

No problem replacing them as a single wheel bearing.  With the right tools,
it can be readily done on-car.

The rears generally go first on the S4s.  I've replaced several S4
rears before 40K miles, but the earliest front I've replaced is 50K, once.

The reason?  The rear wheel bearings are the same as a 1997 1.8T.  S4s
have a stiffer suspension (spring and anti-roll bar rates) as well larger
rims and wider tires, capable of transmitting more lateral forces though the
wheel bearings.  Especially with modified S4s, a lot more power goes through
the rear wheels, exacerbating the problem.

Rear wheel bearings are a common replacement item on any S4.

Mark Rosenkrantz

On 4/16/07, Chris Newbold <chris at newbold.org> wrote:
> On 4/15/07, mike <mikemk40 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Thanks for all the help especially Scott's pdfs & the
> > links from Wilson. It looks like the uprights come in
> > iron and alloy variants, the iron bearing presses in
> > as normal, the alloy bearing comes in a bolt on
> > housing.
> This wheel-bearing discussion is particularly timely as the left-rear
> on my '01.5 S4 Avant has started to make ominous noises. I can see why
> left-side units go first (off-ramp banzai runs come to mind) but I do
> find it a little odd that the rear has gone first-- I would have guess
> the front is subject to much greater stress.
> What's the wisdom on replacing bearings? Should they be done in pairs
> front-rear or same-axle? Or is it reasonable to do a one-off?
> I've got 1 month of the Audi "advantage" extended warranty left, so
> I'm going to see if I can get the dealer to do this on Audi's dime...
> -Chris
> 2001.5 S4 Avant 6spd
> 2004 allroad 2.7T
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