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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2014 Audi A6 - Steering & Suspension - 7/14/2014
    How to fix the rear suspension noise on 2014 Aidi A6
    Purchased this car in June 2014 and I'm hearing a mild metallic noise in the rear when driving on bumpy roads which is annoying. Since it's on warranty I took to the Audi garage and they can't seem to find anything wrong and they are struggling to find the cause as ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2014 Audi A6 - Steering & Suspension - 7/14/2014
    How to fix the rear suspension noise on 2014 Aidi A6
    Purchased this car in June 2014 and I'm hearing a mild metallic noise in the rear when driving on bumpy roads which is annoying. Since it's on warranty I took to the Audi garage and they can't seem to find anything wrong and they are struggling to find the cause as ...
     
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  • Kihmbo21
    Kihmbo21 - 2001 Audi S4 - Steering & Suspension - 6/13/2014
    My cars front end squeaks when I apply brakes and make turns.
    Had a left control arm replaced on my car now the front end squeaks when I bakes and or make left turns etc..
     
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  • Ty3three3
    Ty3three3 - 2002 Audi A4 Quattro - Steering & Suspension - 5/16/2013
    What are the costs of replacing an inner CV Joint?
    I feel a shimmy during acceleration and especially when turning to the left. A slight vibration when turning to the right. I believe it's an inner right side CV joint that's going out but I am not sure.. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated. ...
     
    • sal salvucci
      7/25/2011 sal salvucci
      I used to have a 2001 VW passat with 1.8 same as audi a4. I would just replace the whole CV axle. Can get a new axle at auto parts store about $120-$150 and will probably cost about $150-$200 in labor if they put in your part
    • ME AUDI 2003 A4 1.8T
      I had my cv C-clamp fail inside of the berring when i was on vacation. I ordered a whole new axle with both cv joint and cv boots ($105) from autozone. Picked it up the next day and installed it myself on the side of the road. Not much to it really. Held in by a massive 17mm allen bolt just behind your wheel and six smaller allens at the other end. took a little bit longer than changing a tire. Easy! do it yourself!n Well.. help to have someone help move the stearing around for you to get the wheel end situaded.
    • hassan
      5/16/2013 hassan
      I would suggest you consult with an expert technician and if the problem is serious, it is better to replace the part. A few months ago I faced a similar problem and replaced the CV axle with a used one from http://www.autopartsfair.com/ . The replacement was successful and the car is running smoothly without any problems. You could explore the option of opting for a used part, as you could save quite a few bucks.
  • don
    don - 2004 Audi A6 - Steering & Suspension - 5/12/2013
    How do you remove the power steering rack?
     
    • Jimm
      5/12/2013 Jimm
      Center your steering wheel. Take off the plastic panel behind the pedals by unscrewing the two plastic screws. You'll see the steering shaft.

      The Bentley manual warns "Turn the steering wheel into center position (wheels straight ahead) and do not turn during repair, since the spiral spring can damage airbag unit."

      HOWEVER - There is a bolt there that you have to loosen. And that's impossible, unless you turn the wheel to get to the head of the bolt. So turn it slightly until you can get a wrench on the head. My wheel actually locked when I started turning, which was good because now it can't be turned during this procedure.

      Pull up on the steering shaft. It telescopes into itself. Pull it off the splined shaft.

      Crack your lugnuts and jack up the car and support it with jackstands -- as high as you can get it. You're going to be under there most of the day. Take off the the front wheels. Remove the plastic belly pan.

      On the belt side of the engine, towards the front, under the car, find the power steering pump. Get your drain pan ready. Slide the clamp up from this hose:

      Pull off the hose and let the fluid drain.

      Disconnecting the tie rods. Loosen the lock nuts with an 18 mm socket.

      If the bolt turns with the nut, hold the bolt still with a 6 mm allen wrench and turn the nut with a box end wrench.

      Pop out the tie rod ends from the knuckle. Here's where you can use a tie rod/ball joint removal tool.

      I had a generic one, but the forked end wouldn't slide onto the shaft of the ball end. So I sprayed it with some PB Blaster, let it soak, and whacked down on it with a hammer until the tie rod end dropped out. I left the nut on the end of the threaded part to keep from hitting the threads.

      Disconnect the headlight leveler arm from the control arm on the driver side.

      Looking through the driver side, you'll see the steering rack. Remove the bolt holding the lower power steering line. Use an extension.

      Under the car, remove the two bolts on the transmission side of the dogbone mount.

      Remove the four bolts holding the steering rack to the subframe. (13 mm I think?)

      Put a floor jack with a chunk of wood underneath the subframe to support it. Remove the four subframe bolts with a 21 mm socket. These fasteners are tight, so use a breaker bar if you have one.

      The subframe should now be unbolted. Lower the jack a bit. The frame won't just drop out (mine didn't, at least) so you might need to pry at it to get it to come down.

      Before you get the subframe down too far, disconnect this hose clip on the passenger side:

      Go back around to the driver side and disconnect the upper power steering line.

      Remove this exhaust hanger rubber thingy at the rear of the subframe.

      It'll slide off if you pry at for a while.

      Drop the subframe the rest of the way. There is a corner of the plastic wheel well liner on the driver side that might need to be disconnected (torx 25 screw).

      You should be able to pull the steering rack out now.
  • smbehanna
    smbehanna - 1999 Audi A6 Quattro - Steering & Suspension - 4/25/2013
    How can I stop suspension squeaking?
    1999 Audi A6 quattro On the driver side, one of the suspension/support bar connections squeaks very bad and loudly. Any motion of the suspension causes thin, including turning the steering wheel.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The cause is most likely to be bad ball joints that are rusted and frozen and worn. Replace what evere ball joints are making the noise. Someone has to make that determination.
  • adamtate43
    adamtate43 - 2003 Audi A6 Quattro - Steering & Suspension - 4/24/2013
    What's the cause of my power steering noise?
    When I first begin to drive my Audi the steering makes no noise at all. Once the car warms up the wailing from the steering is intense. Also, there is a groaning from the engine at exactly 1500 rpms that may be related. It seems to drive fine otherwise. The fluids ...
     
    • frankiedonnn
      4/24/2013 frankiedonnn
      It is also necessary to bleed the system by turning the steering side to side .
  • socom4567
    socom4567 - 1998 Audi A4 Quattro - Steering & Suspension - 2/27/2013
    Car drifts slightly back and forth randomly corrected by steering in opposite dir.
     
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  • milesk
    milesk - 2004 Audi Allroad Quattro - Steering & Suspension - 1/24/2013
    No power to suspension air compressor.
    I replaced the old compressor when it went out a couple of weeks ago. Front suspension is completely collapsed but rear is still at a normal level. Suspension level indicator is flashing and suspension level warning light is on in the dash. I have checked the 40 amp ...
     
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  • bike
    bike - 1998 Audi A4 Quattro - Steering & Suspension - 11/15/2012
    When I steer at low speeds my steering column sometimes pops. It doesn't happen all the time.
    When it does happen it seems like it more at the end of the day when I'm coming home and pulling into my apartment complex.
     
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  • ariana
    ariana - 2005 Audi A4 - Steering & Suspension - 11/1/2012
    How much will it cost to get fixed? And what is wrong with the car
    My car wont pick up speed ....it went from 60 mph to 40 down to 35 mph with my whole foot on the gas . So it wont pick up speed....
     
    • felplay auto repair.
      check for codes to see if there are some electrical problem like sensors, go to any auto parts store and ask for scan your car. if you get the codes post them here for more info..
    • nuzboyotto
      11/1/2012 nuzboyotto
      compression ring not sitting properly
  • Emeka simeon
    Emeka simeon - 2004 Audi A6 Quattro - Steering & Suspension - 8/18/2012
    Air pump sensor malfunction
    The suspension is not rising and self levelling suspension light keep flashing on the instrument cluster.
     
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  • Yousyas
    Yousyas - 2005 Audi A4 - Steering & Suspension - 8/8/2012
    Hebben jullie geen werkplaats info van peugeot 407 hdi? Mvg
    Ik wil aan de verstuivers werken.
     
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  • raymond
    raymond - 2000 Audi TT Quattro - Steering & Suspension - 8/3/2012
    What is the loud , griding noise front the front end
    Im only hearing the noise when the car is moving
     
    • Jimm
      8/3/2012 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn wheel bearing or hub, faulty suspension bushing.
      Jimm
      8/4/2012 raymond
      ill check the bearing now, thank you
  • Nabil
    Nabil - 2005 Audi A6 Quattro - Steering & Suspension - 7/11/2012
    Noise in the steering wheel
    Audi dealer said it is common in Audi A6 and must change the front axis. Any other suggestion?
     
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