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Advice needed for new owner Plz S3????

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by ollyste, Nov 8, 2005.

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    [Nov 8, 2005]
    Hiya to u all BTW,
    I have recently bought(private) a 1999 S3 with only 66000miles FASH when i took a corner at not break neck speeds and felt this wobble from the rear of the car.Upon inspection found the lower NS/rear arm snapped(cleanly)the side nearer to the brake disc.
    As a result of this failure the car was deemed undriveable til i replaced the damaged part. But on closer inspection noticed there being some kind of limit switch connected to the arm from above as to cut out the engine perhaps
    in the event of this failing (not one on the otherside) ???
    Ive also been informed when i had it serviced
    recently that the rear suspesion bushes are partially seized thus probably causing the snapped control arm. He also stated that TTs
    had similar problems and that there were fatalities in Germany because of it. Please someone tell me if it will be ok to drive for now til i replace the bushes in a couple of weeks time or does he just want my money.
    Thanx
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    [Nov 8, 2005]
    the link from the rear arm is for the self leveling lights, nothing to worry about with that, I doubt the bushes will cause anything nasty.

    The TTs fell off the road because of having different sized Anti Roll Bars, something which the S3 doesn't have the TT ARBs caused lift off oversteer at high speeds!

    ps... welcome to the forum, and happy owning!
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    [Nov 8, 2005]
    Hiya, first of all, Welcome to the Forum, and congrats on your purchase, but not the best way to start the day with broken suspension....
    As your S3 is a 1999 model, at some point, it should have had a recall to get the rear suspension checked out, as there was a faulty batch of rear suspension arms where the bushes seized up and snapped the arm off cleanly as you described. I have a 1999 S3, and had new rear arms and bushes fitted after an inspection, but that was over or around 3 years ago! Your best bet is to take it to your local Audi stealers to see if they have a record of the inspection/repair taking place, or alternatively, get it fixed at a local specialist to save some £££s
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    Is this the issue you refer to?

    Click

    Number 3 out of 9.

    If so, then you should be able to get it fixed for free under the recall scheme.

    Best of luck.
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    [Nov 9, 2005]
    Guys,been onto my local Audi Dealership with my chassis number and they have informed me that the car was 1st registered in Germany.
    All the stamps inc.1st service are from UK main dealers.Its a genuine oversight on my behalf as i have the service book in front of me with the German DI stamp(page 9).
    All this meaning ....
    1. Im a tit
    2. Its not on the Audi UK Database
    But seriously, how would i go about a re-call then?
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    [Nov 9, 2005]
    With other VW/Audis I've owned, I've either been sent a letter calling me in or just asked at the dealership to check on my VIN number.

    AFAIK it doesn't matter where the car was registered, if audi have issued a recall they they will fix it.

    Just got to work out if it is a recall issue and if yours applies. Surely Audi UK can check with Audi central for you?
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    The dealers never mentioned nothing about Audi central, just left me high and dry but assured me there is no difference whatsoever with a German counterpart.Great but im still unsure as to whether its been recalled previously.
    Whats AFAIK, BTW?
    But im certain looking at HTC,s message having seen it now that mine DOES fit the criteria.
    Please Help
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    As Far AS I Know /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
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    [Nov 9, 2005]
    Wish i knew but a bit of a novice on a pc at the mo!
    New to it , just like the car i suppose
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    [Nov 10, 2005]
    hi
    Same thing happened to one of my rear lower arms,they had been replaced under the recall 4 odd years before and i checked that they had been done before i purchased the car. The replacement was on Audi uk computer network and confirmed by my local dealer before the car was purchased, i put the arms failure down to metal fatigue and corrosion as the area was rusty where it fractured, the new arm was £64 from the dealer and took 20 mins to fit, checked all other arms over but all looked ok.
    I had a word with a guy i know who used to work for the local dealers and he said its a common fault with tt's and S3's etc for these arms to fail, you know its broken as the rear feels less connected and a bit odd/wallowy and mine failled when i was going hell for leather around a right hander on the way to work but checked out the car the day after and it was ok to drive if you take it easy.
    Cheers "Bingo"
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    [Nov 10, 2005]
    Thanks for that Bingo
    But mine was totally undriveable, i mean the recovery guy had to winch it up (less than1mph) onto a flat bed wagon! inc putting a strap across to the other rear wheel to pull it in whilst he winched!
    Ive replaced the obvious suspect failed arm but feel still the problem lies with the bushes these things are connected to.
    These are being replaced soon but very curious as to whether these had been done before cos i may get it done for nowt
    Should i maybe get in touch with the UK dealers that are stamped in the book to see if they have some kind of record maybe
    I really havent a pot of glue( clue! )
    Cheers
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