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Wheel Bearing

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Japper, Jun 14, 2006.

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    [Jun 14, 2006]
    Looking for help guys !

    Noisey rumbling from front has got worse in last few weeks. Thought at first it was tyre roar, but never had it when tyres were new. Now on certain corners ( left hand ) under throttle I get a pattering / rumbling sound. This makes me think it's the offside wheel bearing. Out with Audi tech yesterday, and could not get it to do it. Now surely a wheel bearing would not be an intermittent fault. Also tested car on full lock to check it wasn't a drive shaft issue.

    Audi tech was great though and at least acknowledged my dody rear shocks and ordered new revised items that the service dept. said didn't exist yet.......yeah right, only been around for the last 18 months
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    [Jun 14, 2006]
    Wheel bearing wouldn't be. Does it do it over bumps?

    J.
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    Nope, but the other strange one is that if you sit at 70 with light throttle and then accelerate to 80/90 while ever your accelerating the noise gets louder. Ease off and it goes away, so it can't be tyre noise.

    I'm confused
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    [Jun 14, 2006]
    japper my car has just developed a thrumming or kind of whinning noise over 35 mph, it is still there when i flip to neutral. It becomes a higher pitch as i put on speed,driving me potty, iwas thinking of wheel bearings too ,booked into have a tech test drive the car
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    Japper I had this after a service, at about 70 the noise would start then stop below 70. The plastic under the engine bay was loose (some dingbat had forgotten to screw it back on). when screwed down, noise went away.
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    [Aug 1, 2006]
    My SB has just gone over 40,000 miles and has v.bad noise from rear nearside. I took it to the dealer with suspect wheel bearing problem and they found the rear tyres were warped. (Tyres are Goodyear F1's and had around 10,000 miles only on them). This is the second set of F1's and the first were trouble free.

    Took car to Kwik-Fit who removed the tyres and contacted Goodyear. They (both KF & Goodyear) were aware of the fault and stated it affected BMW's and Audi's where the rear suspension was tuned for high speed autobahns rather than UK roads - they believed that rear bush wear at around 30K+ miles causes the car to 'skip' round roundabouts and the like, introducing this abnormal tyre wear. KF have lots of corporate clients bringing their tyres in half worn for replacement as the road noise is unbearable.

    Audi do not believe the bushes are worn but have offered to adjust the rear suspension for free when I have the tyres replaced. They have stated they will set the car up for UK roads (!) thought that would have been done at the factory . . .
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    [Aug 1, 2006]
    "set the car up for UK roads" - exactly, why not at the factory or PDI?

    Be interested to hear what they adjust exactly and why the rest of us won't have this 'UK' set-up!!!!!!!!!

    Bizarre!
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