1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

What's that noise? Diff? Bearing? Holy ****, it's the...

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by The Doctor, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. The Doctor

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,399
    Likes Received:
    189
    Well, the other day I was driving home from work and I heard a faint whining sound coming from the rear of the car. Immediate thoughts were towards the rear diff. Then as I went over a bump in the road there was a definite "clonk" and the noise became louder, although still relatively quiet. By now I had slowed down in case there was something seriously wrong and the rear diff was about to disintegrate or something!

    Anyway, when I arrived home I inspected the diff and all looked fine. It was just warm to the touch so I tentatively ruled it out. The next day I drove to work slowly and the wine subsided. Driving along with the windows open, with ears on full alert (!), I noticed a metallic rattling sound every time I went over a bump in the road. It was definitely coming from the off-side rear wheel, not the centre of the car. This made me feel a bit better and I started thinking more about wheel bearings, brakes or linkages on that corner of the car.

    Yesterday I got the rear of the car up on axle stands, removed both wheels and had a proper look. To my horror I found that half of the inner rear brake pad on the off-side corner of the car had broken off and was lodged in between the rear disc and the metal guard plate behind it. This explains all the noises I'd heard. The original "clonk" must have been the point that the part of the pad broke away. When I removed the caliper, the other part of the pad just fell away from the backing plate!

    These are EBC Red Stuff pads that have only covered 20k miles since I fitted them! I've ordered a new set and have sent the photographs below back to EBC to register my complaint. Thankfully the disc seems un-marked.

    Has anyone else experienced this with EBC or any other brand of brake pads? Thankfully part of the pad remained in place, otherwise the backing plate would have come into direct contact with the disc under braking.

    Here are some pictures:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The piece of the pad was lodged in here:

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Advert Guest Advertisement


  3. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator Black Edition Team Brill Red

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2005
    Messages:
    16,075
    Likes Received:
    1,892
  4. Dani_B19

    Dani_B19 Audi-sports own special child.

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    8,470
    Likes Received:
    235
    Glad youve sorted it mate and glad it wasnt anything major.

    Ive heard of this before but on the fronts. Where the brakeig material has left the backig plate or has just broke up, think that used to be on the green stuff pads though
     
  5. Prawn

    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Messages:
    11,073
    Likes Received:
    2,689
    ebc pads have famously had issues with friction material coming off the backings. Not cool at all :(

    I'd suggest trying some Mintex 1155 rears, they're pretty much on par with a DS2500 performance wise, and easily sourced for very sensible money.
     
  6. The Doctor

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,399
    Likes Received:
    189
    Thanks Prawn, that's a bit worrying given that I have Red Stuff pads all round with only 20k on them. I'll check each of them and replace them with something else if I have any more issues like this.
     
  7. S3quatt

    S3quatt Flat Oot like a ducks Foot
    VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2007
    Messages:
    651
    Likes Received:
    58
    I'd get on to EBC wanting my money back... Dangerous & unfit for purpose...
     
  8. The Doctor

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,399
    Likes Received:
    189
    Done that by email this morning, waiting for a reply. Will keep you posted.
     
  9. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator Black Edition Team Brill Red

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2005
    Messages:
    16,075
    Likes Received:
    1,892
  10. The Doctor

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,399
    Likes Received:
    189
    Well, good news, EBC have offered me a full refund on my replacement rear pads. Really pleased.
     
  11. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2008
    Messages:
    17,437
    Likes Received:
    1,069
    That's good service.
     
  12. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)
    Team Silver Audi S3 Audi Sport Owner Group

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2006
    Messages:
    11,121
    Likes Received:
    775
    Any explanation as to why it happened mate or have they said anything about your concerns for the front ones that you have?

    Glad it was nothing too serious, you got to it in time and you were ok!!
     
  13. The Doctor

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,399
    Likes Received:
    189
    Not discussed it with them to be fair - I had to duck out of a meeting this afternoon to take the call.
     
  14. Welly

    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Messages:
    10,696
    Likes Received:
    124
    LOL, I like the priorities... :thumbsup:
     
  15. The Doctor

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,399
    Likes Received:
    189
    Well it was a pretty crappy meeting to be fair, so I was looking for an excuse. Thankfully EBC saved me.
     
  16. Sam_

    Sam_ Down under

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Messages:
    2,960
    Likes Received:
    437
    That's true of about 95% of meetings. The only good ones start with "We're going to give you X more..."
     
  17. The Doctor

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,399
    Likes Received:
    189
    Yeah, problem is it's usually X more work...
     

Share This Page