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Can't get the back of my 99 a3 tqs to sit level

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by roadwarrior666, Jun 16, 2013.

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    Hey guys.in need of advice again. It all started with a broken rear spring on the drivers side had a bit of weight in the boot at the time,replaced the rear springs with 2 my brother had for a tt quattro (5 purple dots) then realised the shock had also died so fitted a new pair. Took it for a spin to settle them came home and realised the drivers side is sitting lower than the passenger side by about 2cm. Thought spring might be weak so put the old one from the other side in, no change ,can't see anything bent or out of place either any ideas
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    Mine was the same after fitting eibach springs. It evened out a little over time, but the off side is still about 10mm lower.

    I changed rear trailing arm bushes, shocks, roll bar bushes and links, rear tie arms etc. but never could solve it
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    At least I'm not the only one. Their has to be a logical reason for it. Mine is nearly 15 mm down on the drivers side rear and the tyre rubs when I have the kids in the back. I took out the 15 mm spacers to give more clearance but it still touches. It's driving me mad
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    Might be an idea to have your alignment checked - would be interesting to see what measurements you get. Any misalignment might indicate that something is bent, out of place, excessively worn, or combination of. Might also be worth getting a competent VAG specialist to pop the car on the ramps and give the suspension a thorough inspection. Sometimes, the problem suspension part(s) aren't necessarily that obvious.
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    Does both sides have the spring pad in place? It a thick rubber pad that sits below the spring, or sometimes at the top of the spring.
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    Both sides have pads top and bottom. Gonna strip the whole lot off at the weekend and check everything to make sure nothing is bent and go from there. Can't see why it won't sit level it was fine before the spring broke and the alignment is ok. If it comes to it ill get a buddy that works in the local engineering shop to make up some different thickness rings to sit on the upper spring cone and level it that way.
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    Just a quick update. I have compleatly stripped the rear of the car both sides and checked everything. Nothing bent or out of place ,all arms are straight ,bushings are fine ,arb is straight,swopped sides with the springs and New shocks just incase either was weak,reassembled the lot and its still sitting down to the drivers side.the only other thing I can add to the equation is if the fuel tank has fuel in one side and not the other. I'm still stumped it defies logic why it's still sitting lower. In my 20 years of doing all my own work and working in a few garages iv never had this much trouble getting a car to sit level
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    Exactly what I went through, swapped springs, shocks from side to side etc.

    Do you have adjustable arms on the back of yours? Mine evened out a little when the rear alignment was done.

    How about the rear trailing arm to body bushes, this also helped mine.
    The nearside bush was far more worn than the offside, perhaps due to the majority of potholes being on the left where I am, and hammering round roundabouts wears the offside out too.
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    It wasn't fine before because i suspect the broken spring was evening it out. Id bet the rear axle has taken a bash at some point and twisted. they are softer than they look sadly. You have checked everything else, it's all that's left
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    It's sitting low on the side that had the broken spring. So that wasn't levelling it before. It was sitting dead level and I can't see the spring breaking bent anything as it only went a quarter mile home when it happened the tyre was rubbing on the arch a bit cos i had a boot full of stuff but never bottomed out completely
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    Just solved this on mine. Last night I replaced the rear anti roll bar.
    One of the inner bushes seemed to be totally stuck to the bar and it could not twist within it.

    A new uprated bar, bushes, clamps and screws and it now 100% level!
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