Its ok, I'm not going to go over all the old ground again here, however, today one of the last few gripes and faults that my car has had ever since Siena "fixed" a list of problems was fixed... by my local non-affiliated garage / mechanic place that (sadly) I usually only give my works van and the like to.
I have been chasing a variety of clonks and creaks from the front nether regions of my S4 - Its had a new top control arm, drop links checked, and I've been round all th mounts I could find - it felt like the whole subframe was loose, but I couldnt see anything obvious that might be loose so disregarded that notion.
Anyway, in desparation (I dont have a ramp and have little spare time to crawl all over the car right now) and after another specialist Audi garage couldnt find anything of note, I took it into my local guys TODAY - and the mechanic called me to tell me that:
Front subframe mounting bolts were mostly loose
Gearbox / bellhousing bolts all loose
Starter motor bolts loose
Front restraining strap (I am not sure quite what he meant there) was loose and misaligned.
I cant believe I've driven about 3000 miles as these have got more and more loose!
So, now my car drives like it hasnt for ages (like no rattles, creaks, clonks or knocks!) and I am only left with one major concern:
It has a horrible mettalic "rattle" that sounds like its originating around the left hand (from inside) exhaust heatsheild (and sounds exactly like it IS the heatshield, but thats been replaced and triple checked!) that only occurs when the engine is under load, like on accelleration or if I change up a gear early then try and accelerate.
Its baffled everyone who's looked at it, though the garage today are going to have it back in tomorrow to have another look - they are mumbling gearbox and clutch....
Siena supposedly changed my flywheel and clutch for an uprated clutch assembly and non dual-mass flywheel - I have NO guarantee or confidence that he actually did all of this, other than my clutch now doesnt slip..
It doesnt SOUND like a grumbling bearing on the gearbox, and with the car on a lift, if you tap the left hand exhaust with a soft hammer, you can hear a tinkley rattle up near the manifold on that side - at the last garage they suspected the turbo actuator arm but we seemed to eradicate that by holding it (still made a rattle)
Does anyone have any thoughts or notions as to what it might be?