[urq] subframe perhaps?

Ingo Rautenberg irautenberg at comcast.net
Tue Nov 1 10:39:06 EST 2005


Did you also ceck/replace the front tie rods?  If loose, they can also cause
a noise.  In addition, I have had it happen that the front lower ball joint
retaining bolt was not properly seated in the indent of the ball joint,
essentially letting the ball joint slip up and down while driving.  I have
found that it's a good idea to use a prybar to assist in this adjustment to
push the top of the balljoint down a couple of millimeters.  Never use a
prybar to expand the clamping joint itself.  Another reason to examine and
likely replace this bolt and associated nut.  Let us know what you find out.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Johan H" <milisen at hotmail.com>
To: <urq at audifans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 1:22 AM
Subject: Re: [urq] subframe perhaps?

> Thanks Keith,
> Will have a look at the steering rack this week.
> I thought this clunk was so weird because all the bushes and all the ball
> joints are changed quite recently. The weird thing is that the car
> wander around at all.
> I'll keep you guys updated when I find the fault.
> Cheers,
> Johan Hisinger
> Helsinki, Finland
> Johan
> I have had a further thought about this and am fairly sure I traced the
> noise eventually to the steering rack. Has your car had a hard life? If
> grab hold of the rack at the point where the two tie rods are attached and
> lift it up and down there should be no play in it. If you can feel
> you will get a clunk over even small changes in surface. It is time to get
> the rack reconditioned.
> If you decide to renew the subframe bushes the quickest way to do it is to
> get another subframe from a donor car - from a scrapyard perhaps? - (the
> coupe quattro subframe is identical) and put the new bushes in this, then
> simply swap the subframes. It will save loads of time because removing the
> old bushes is a hell of a job.
> All the best
> Keith
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