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    interior mats/rear wheel bearing

    where can i get non genuine a3 mats 2005 with locators on all 4 mats.the genuine are soooooooo dear !

    oh and a rear wheel bearing!

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    I'm not sure on the mats with locators but Ebay might be a place to try.

    You could try Eurocarparts or GSF for wheel the bearing. I will warn you, I had an independant mechanic change mine just before Christmas. He called me while he was purchasing it to see if I actually wanted to proceed, as the part was 90+VAT.
    Now this mechanic came recommended by a friend so hopefully he didn'y sting me on this.

    Piece of cake to do. I could have done it myself If I'd know how simple it was. 20 minutes and it was done.
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    I got some mats off ebay about a year ago with some locator clips, they are okay but not a patch on the genuine mats. Need to by some news ones now as they are pretty knackered already.
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    i jus got my wheel bearing changed, back left..

    cost:
    115 + vat - Wheel Bearing Kit
    50 + vat - Labour
    although a high cost..it has made a world of difference

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    how can you tell if the bearings are on the way out?

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    Mine left rear wheel bearing started by sounding like I had a flat spotted tyre when I went round right hand bends or islands.

    Slowly it got to the point that you could hear a continous drone through the car starting at about 35-40 mph. The faster you went the louder the sound became.

    Mine cost me a 140 all-in to replace, but I had a independant mechanic do mine.
    The mechanic who did mine said the wheel bearing design on the back of the A3 is poor. There is no seal or sealant on the cap over the hub bolt, and the bolt sticks out over 1/4 of inch out of the back of the hub.

    He showed me the rust in side the bearing on mine which shows that water has ingressed into the bearing either through the front hub cap, or backwards up the exposed bolt into the bearing. The mechanic has put some silicone sealer on both the new cap and bolt, which he said will probably not stop it, but should slow this process down this time.
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    i had a very similar issue as Chill14.. i could hear a constant drone starting around 40mph and got louder the faster i went, my mechanic also mentioned it failed due to poor design so im assuming its a regular problem

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    i getting a sound from what i think is the rear wheels, it sounds like when a stone or something gets stuck inbetween the tyre treads, i had it for around 5 months now, an ideas what it can be?? oh and dont say check the tyre treads for something stuck inbetween because i done that many many times lol and there is noting stuck, oh and the sound only comes when i am a straight smooth road surface

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    Check your tyre treads for... Sorry couldn't resist that...

    Ok normally a bearing noise will sound worse at speed or under load. This is why mine started when I went round right hand bends, because the load was on the left side of the car.

    Now what may sound like a stone in a tyre to you, may sound like a flat spotted tyre to me, so I would recommend doing the following. This will give you a little more indication if it is going.

    Jack your car up at the rear on the side you suspect is making the noise. Make sure that you have your car engaged in 1st gear and the handbrake off. Leaving the wheel in place, make sure your brake pads are free off the brake disc as possible, and then spin the wheel by hand.

    If your wheel bearing is going then apart from a metallic noise which will probably be the brake pads catching the disc now and then (which they most likely will), you will hear a dull rumble noise.

    If you are not sure, check the opposite rear wheel and listen for the same noise. If the rumble noise is not on that wheel, that suggests the side with the rumble has the bearing going.

    If you are still not sure, get it checked by someone who has had a bearing go and 'knows the noise' or get a mechanic/garage to look at. If only for peace of mind.
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    Mats are 35 on eBay...I got a set off for my mates s3 as his got nicked at th carwash and they seem ok

    And bearings are common prob on the A3...

    2 i test drove had the prob and Mine has had all done at 32k :S
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    Quote Originally Posted by chill14 View Post
    Check your tyre treads for... Sorry couldn't resist that...

    Ok normally a bearing noise will sound worse at speed or under load. This is why mine started when I went round right hand bends, because the load was on the left side of the car.

    Now what may sound like a stone in a tyre to you, may sound like a flat spotted tyre to me, so I would recommend doing the following. This will give you a little more indication if it is going.

    Jack your car up at the rear on the side you suspect is making the noise. Make sure that you have your car engaged in 1st gear and the handbrake off. Leaving the wheel in place, make sure your brake pads are free off the brake disc as possible, and then spin the wheel by hand.

    If your wheel bearing is going then apart from a metallic noise which will probably be the brake pads catching the disc now and then (which they most likely will), you will hear a dull rumble noise.

    If you are not sure, check the opposite rear wheel and listen for the same noise. If the rumble noise is not on that wheel, that suggests the side with the rumble has the bearing going.

    If you are still not sure, get it checked by someone who has had a bearing go and 'knows the noise' or get a mechanic/garage to look at. If only for peace of mind.
    what is a "flat spotted tyre"? i had a MOT just few weeks ago and they did all the various checks so i dont think it is the bearings or is it?

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    I paid just under 30 for genunie mats from my local VW/Audi speicalist
    A3 TDI SLine Quattro
    OEM + Rubber mats & ASN stickers

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    Just phoned Audi for some car mats, and they say 42.08 for the front and 26.01 for the rear!

    Having looked on Ebay they look the same as what I've got, and I keep catching the back of my heal on it when coming off the clutch!

    Anyone got pics of genuine Audi mats for the 8P?

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    14 wheel bearings on my A3 now

 

 

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