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Creaking coming from somewhere...

KyleB8 Jul 2, 2018

  1. KyleB8

    KyleB8 New Member

    Hi All,

    Just wondering if anyone has had any experience/help/ideas for a creaking sound that has developed during low speeds on uneven surfaces and when parking.

    So I’ve had a few bits of work done recently all carried out at an independent VAG specialist.

    No noticeable issues/noises before the MOT or works.

    Passed MOT to the value of one new tyre (advisory of a deteriorated bush N/S LOWER - “but not resulting in excessive movement”), front tyres were swapped with rears to get through the budget tyres that were on when i bought the car.

    During the MOT a wearing auxiliary belt was picked up, so had that booked in a week later as well as a cambelt change which was due and 4 wheel alignment due to uneven wear on the replaced tyre.

    During that week vibrations coming through the steering wheel around 50mph, advised it was due to a sticking front left calliper (replaced both front callipers, pads and discs).

    All works were completed at the same time.

    Since then I’ve had:
    1. A rattling noise coming from the front left (most noticeable when going over cats eyes)
    2. A creaking at low speeds over uneven surfaces (especially when the car ‘rocks’) and under light braking. Its very difficult to locate where the creaking is from sometimes feels like front suspension, sometimes rear and sometimes from behind the dash
    I’ve had it back to the garage, they can hear the creaking when road testing but are unable to replicate on the ramps. technician has inspected, greased joints on suspension etc to no avail. Was told if it gets worse bring it back in, which I’m doing this week.

    Yes, its been an expensive month, but any help would be greatly appreciated

    Many thanks in advance
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  3. egovreau

    egovreau New Member

    According to a friend who has an Indy Audi repair shop, it's not uncommon for the bushings of the front sway bar end links to break free, so they will actually spin while turning, causing a creaking sound when turning.

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  4. MarkWizard

    MarkWizard Active Member VCDS Map User

    I had this on my Allroad and sold it before I could cure it but had it to a couple of places where it was up on ramps, poked and prodded and no one could find anything.

    I did read afterwards that the top mounts can cause this kind of noise
  5. ianv5

    ianv5 Active Member TeamMisano Team V6 Audi S4 Audi Avant Owner Group quattro

    I found that when I dropped the rear seats in my S4 Avant my creaking stopped.
  6. Marky007

    Marky007 A4 Sline Team Silver TDi saloon Audi A4 S-line owners group Manual

    I may give this a try I have same issue
  7. gregpot2000

    gregpot2000 Active Member

    Another easy fix is lubricate the door seals. These get stiff and start making rubbing noises. I have to do mine every couple of months

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  8. Marky007

    Marky007 A4 Sline Team Silver TDi saloon Audi A4 S-line owners group Manual

    What do you lubricate with ?
  9. Marky007

    Marky007 A4 Sline Team Silver TDi saloon Audi A4 S-line owners group Manual

    Well found out what my creaking was


    Replaced today now creak free . . .

    Hope it helps someone else.
  10. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member

    Creaking is often something to do with suspension or brakes.A slightly sticking caliper which leaves the pad just touching the disc will cause a creaking sound when the wheel moves.I have a habit of cautiously touching the discs from time to time .If one is noticeably hotter than the other on the same axle its a sign of slight rubbing which you wouldnt otherwise notice.Some cheaper pads fit a bit loose which gives a lot of rattling over bumps etc
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