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Droplinks - how long til they fail ?

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by Fraser, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. Fraser
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    [Oct 10, 2003]
    Was wondering how long have I got until my droplinks fail after they start clunking over big bumps ???

    It is very annoying but money is a little tight this month !!! and am tempted to buy a warranty wait for a month and then claim /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif

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    [Oct 10, 2003]
    aren't warranties expensive too???
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    [Oct 10, 2003]
    are you sure the droplinks are to blame here? IIRC, standard complaints about clunking are due to worn Anti-roll bar bushes..
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    [Oct 10, 2003]
    The A4 has so many bushes/ball joints about the front that it could be any one of them. I had a worn lower ball joint diagnosed by AMD in Nov last year. I could find any play on very close inspection neither did the MOT tester yet the front of the car had become a little loose/noisy/clonk nothing really specific or serious. In the summer I replaced the S4 suspension for RS4 stuff and upon removing the joint found the slightest movement. Replaced the arm /joint end of noise problem. I was really amazed!

    The point here is you neeed to get it checked properly to access what exaactly it is.

    I've seen really worn ball joints on other cars come completely out of their sockets. This IS A SERIOUS SAFETY PROBLEM!
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    [Oct 10, 2003]
    Patrick,

    yep will be getting it checked... pain in the provebial !!!

    am tempted to get the front sussy completely redone...
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    [Oct 12, 2003]
    Ref my reply's/experience/advise with replacing suspension/ball joints to the post by Ozzy tittled Groaning suspension.

    I don't know how to create a link to it? CAn someone tell me?

    But I searched under 'foreman' for it to narrow down the search.
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    [Oct 12, 2003]
    Found the link here

    the point about an inspection and if needed replacing the lot shoud there be wear apparent is what I was considering, didnn't know if this was going to be overkill, but hey that is the kinda guy I am sometimes...

    Thanks
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    [Oct 12, 2003]
    It's false economy to replace the individual parts IMHO. Do the 10 parts and you can rest assured you've got a tight drive.
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