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Front wheel is very loose/has alot of play in it

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by vetch, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. vetch

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    There is a lot of play in the wheel, by that I mean that if you jack the car up, there is a good 2cm+ of play in the wheel. The wheel can be "wiggled" on the hub.

    The wheel is securely bolted to the hub, the whole wheel, brake disc etc wiggles as one. I don't believe its the driveshaft as it seems solid and its just had a new balljoint.

    So what else could cause such dangerous play in the wheel? Wheel bearing?
     
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    Lower shock mount?
    Is the new balljoint tight...
     
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    Thanks for your quick replies gents.

    I am certain the balljoint is tight, there doesn't seem to be any movement from it. I had the car on axle stands earlier and you can move the wheel/hub back and forth with minimal effort, its proper loose (and proper dangerous). Im hoping it is just the wheel bearing as its a relatively easy job.

    Its had new shocks and springs and top mounts in the last last few months.
     
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    is the play top to bottom, or left to right?.
    If left to right could be a trackrod end.
     
  7. vetch

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    It's top to bottom.
     
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    That will be that driveshaft nut again mate, the big 32mm one. Its been loose that last few times, I even loctited it last time. Tighten it up for now, and get a new nut from Audi.
     
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    Hi Mark, I was hoping you would see this thread. I had a look at that nut, as I remembered you had to loctite it last time. Is it a common problem for this nut to fail/work loose?
     
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    Not normally, but your car is far from the Norm.. Take a look mate, i am 99% its that.

    You shoulda texted me or summat
     

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