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My baby is up on axle stands :(

slydog18 Apr 8, 2012

  1. slydog18

    slydog18 N88GGY S3

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    My noggy upset me on Thursday by failing the M.O.T. !!! It failed on both front Top suspension mounts with the usual excess play, N/S Rack gaiter split, O/S Rear shock lower bush. Was well disappointed and even more upset when I could only get the rear shock bush done as a complete shock replacement, I only do shocks or springs as pairs which makes it more expensive.

    My parts contact at an Audi dealer fairly close to me gives me a discount so I ordered the following:-

    2 rear shocks,
    2 Front Top Mounts,
    2 Front Top mount bearings,
    1 rack gaiter,
    1 large clip for gaiter (but decided to use cable ties as easier),
    1 Front wheel bearing as weird noise coming from O/S/F,

    Service due so i also got:-

    5L Quantum Oil (not longlife),
    Oil filter,
    Air filter,
    Cabin Filter,
    Spark plugs,
    New Sump plug with washer.

    And one of the nice men also reset my service interval as i thought it was on longlife but turned out to be on fixed.

    All in all its costing about £350 which i think is not too bad for OEM parts.

    I have fitted the top mounts and bearings and the rack gaiter (which looked melted for some odd reason!) today, will finish service tomorrow. Was gonna do bearing but run out of time and also dont have a 17mm Allen key for Hub bolt. Pick up rear shocks on Tuesday after work and will have to come home and fit at least one for the M.O.T. that night or if I have time, both.

    I am kinda hoping that the weird noise might have been the top mounts and I dont have to replace bearing yet, but not too optimistic.

    Will also get Haldex spanner, oil and filter and probably replace them at weekend.

    Also noticed my Wishbone bushes coming away from housing so will get some polybushes soon i think.

    And i noticed that my panel filter is a Pipercross, which is nice, so I can return the air filter.

    Fun times Eh?
     
  2. Sandra

    Sandra Administrator Staff Member Administrator TeamMisano TFSI Owners Group Audi S3 quattro s tronic Platinum Supporter Audi Main Dealer

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    ​You will soon have it fixed. :)
     
  3. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    Sounds like your having fun lol,

    I managed to undo a 17mm allen key bolt using and old 17mm wheel nut that fitted in the hole with enough space to fit a ring spanner over it and undo it that way.

    Also if your going to all the effort to do that nice work you could have a go at the oil pick up piper if its not been done on your car yet. I did mine at home on axle stands and it wasnt that hard and well worth it considering how much it costs if it goes wrong.

    Rob
     
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  4. dre_S3

    dre_S3 Member

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    Minor things mate soon be back on the road :)
     
  5. Gops

    Gops Badger 5 Edition VCDS Map User Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    Did you not put lcr top mounts on?
     
  6. dre_S3

    dre_S3 Member

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    Whats the difference are they better mounts ?
     
  7. Customboy

    Customboy Active Member

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    sorry to hear about that bad news bro but chin up and soon things will get sorted and be back at ace cafe!!
     
  8. slydog18

    slydog18 N88GGY S3

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    [​IMG] Originally Posted by Gops [​IMG]
    Did you not put lcr top mounts on?

    Did not realise that was the done thing. Not bothered really as car is on standard suspension and will probably get dropped in the future. Also not sure if I could get discount from Seat dealer and dont think I wanna go non original route as car only has 63000miles. Although I am doing the work myself I reckon that if I keep a diary of all the work done with all the receipts it is as good as full history.

    Any way car is back on the road now. Just gotta tackle the rear shocks on Tuesday :(
     
  9. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator Team Daytona Audi S3 quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    The rear shocks is a piece of cake compared to doing the fronts, so you'll be fine!
     
  10. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    Glad its back on the road must feel loads better with the work you have done
     
  11. slydog18

    slydog18 N88GGY S3

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    Bloody Audi dealers! Shocks were supposed to be there today but they didnt turn up. Now gotta shuffle everything around and use Zafira for work tomorrow!

    Car does feel a tiny bit tighter but to be honest I think the guy was being a bit Anal and they werent that bad. I did notice the oval wear in the mounts. Was hoping it would cure a slight pull to the left but no joy. 4 wheel tracking when I have done the wishbone bushes and bearing me thinks.
     
  12. Customboy

    Customboy Active Member

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    Just borrow oyster forklift and job done lol!
     
  13. slydog18

    slydog18 N88GGY S3

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    Haha! Still not sure I can stomach that idea! All done now and going for re-test tomorrow.
     

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