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Got me S3!!! But got a problem :(

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by jonboy, Oct 7, 2007.

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    jonboy 'Team Tweedy'

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    Hi, ive just brought me first Audi, its a 2003 Imola yellow S3 with 45,000 miles. Really loving the car :rockwoot: but its developed a problem :sorry: it has a really irritating rattle coming from the front, it doesnt happen all the time only when i go over a rough bit of road. Also when im stationary and manouvering there is a creeking noise.

    I reckon it is the front suspension springs from my previous expierances, its sounds like they snapped:keule:

    Is this common problem on s3's?

    Cheers
    Jon:)
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    It's the front ARB drop links, very common, I'm on my third set. Pretty cheap and a doddle to change DIY.
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    jonboy 'Team Tweedy'

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    Thanks for your reply:icon_thumright: it may sound a little dumb but what are ARB's? something to do with anti roll bars?

    Not questioning your knowledge but it really does sound like snapped coil springs, when i go over a speed bump it feels like the front suspension is on its stops! there is very little bounce etc...

    Can it still be the ARB's?

    Thanks again

    Jon:icon_thumright:
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    ARB's are anti roll bars. jack up the fron on the car and check everything out, ARB's, ARB bushes, springs, dampers, drop links etc.....
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    The springs can snap at the ends, but it will most likely be the ARB drop links or ARB bushes, it gets discussed over and over again on here. I assume that your car is lowered, that seems to aggravate the on-set of this problem. Silicone spray on the ARB bushes seems to be the place to start.
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    jonboy 'Team Tweedy'

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    Nah the car aint lowered. Thanks guys goin to check this problem out tomoz:icon_thumright:
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    The arb itself (front) can creak as its made of three pieces (maybe 2) which are sleeved together! STUPID IDEA!
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    I uprated to Neuspeed ARB's, that's when the noise started for me!
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