Noisy front end - Tie Rod or Spring Mounts?
I've discovered an unpleasantly sounding noise in my 2001 A6 V8's front end. It sounds like a deep cracking sound, that can also be felt through the steering column. It can be heard when rocking the front end of the car or pushing it sideways, or when turning the wheels to either end.
I called a dealership and talked to the service manager to see what this could be and he gave me two intuitive and quick answers, stating it might be either a worn Tie Rod or that my front springs had come out of their mountings or slid to the side, therefore making strange noises.
Anybody heard anything like this? The car has 53K miles.
I'll appreciate all the help I can get, since my nearest dealership is in Tulsa, over 100 miles away from here (Bentonville, Arkansas; AKA: The middle of nowhere! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] )