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Old 07-09-2002, 08:18 AM   #1
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Default Squeaking Noise - Control Arms?

I brought my car in for service yesterday complaining about a sqeaking noise in the suspension every time I hit a small bump. My shop greased up the control arms but the problem hasn't gone away. They said I could bring it in to have the control arms replaced (free of charge, or course). Has anybody else experienced this noise? Is the problem in the control arms? I just don't want to waste my time if the problem is caused by something else.

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Old 07-09-2002, 08:24 AM   #2
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Default Is it a deep creaking noise (like a rusty door hinge) or is it a chirping noise, like a bird...

Creak =control arm ball joint, deep squeak can be inner bushigns, chirp can be brakes..

If they are willing to replace the arms, let them!!!!
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It's about the same pitch as a brake sqeal..but very brief. The brakes don't sqeal normally.
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Old 07-09-2002, 08:27 AM   #4
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Default More than likely so...

Control arms (more specifically the bushings in the control arms) are a pretty big problem with the A4. Other related issues *could* be tie rod ends, and the rear sway bar link. But the problem is most likely the front upper control arms. If you do a search on the topic, I am certain you'll find a pretty vast number of threads posted on this! You can try lubricating the bushings with Tri-Flow, white lithium, etc. which may relieve the problem temporarily, but the problem will eventually return. If you can get the dealership to replace the arms at no cost, I say do it!



Good luck... Hope this helps!

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Default Probably just the pads bouncing around.. Have them lube the pad carriers..

most often, suspension squeaks are deeper in tone than that..

Does this only happen on sharp bumps, or all bumps?
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Old 07-09-2002, 08:30 AM   #6
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Default Re: Squeaking Noise - Control Arms?

From what I understood the control arm problem was corrected in the 2001 cars. I have a loud sqeaking sound comming from my driver side front of the car. I hear it whenever the front of the car is pressed down, such as when I get in and out or hit a bump.
If it was me I'd bring the car in and tell them to fix the sqeak, replace whatever neds to be replaced.

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Mostly sharp bumps... road expansion joints are the worst.
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Default I have the same thing on my 2001.5

When i have my windows down, i can hear a faint, high pitched squeek. I took the car in for a service and mentioned it, and they said they lubed the bushings. Of course i heard the noise again on the way out of the parking lot...

Didn't have time to take it back, but at my next service i'm gonna press them a bit more...
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Default hmmmm..I have the bird chirp noise adn the dealer is considering replacing the control harms...is it

easy to lubricate this part of the brakes? I want to try this first before I bother with control arms. With my sus I might have to pay for the control arm replacemtn. Thanks Kris.
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Default I don't know an Audi that DOESN'T have this problem...

or at least a similar variation. For instance I've always had the chirping sound going over small bumps, but I also had it on my '97 GTi-VR6 so I never thought anything of it (must be a German car thang'). And I've never heard creaking during driving, but the other day I was trying to get a wheel off my car, and I heard creaking coming from the rear suspension cause the car was being rocked while parked. Closer examination proved that one or both rear control arms creak, but only when the car is parked - big deal. If they break in half or fail completely then I'll throw a fit at my dealer - or maybe not cause I'm still within my warranty.
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Default Try to lube the pads where they ride on the carrier.. the noise I am thinking of is really not ..

terribly loud, at least not on my car.. The control arms, when they squeak, are really loud, you can hear them with the windows up and the stereo on.. ON my car, the brake chipr can only be really heard with the radio off or very low, and often with the wondow open..

How loud is the noise you hear?
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It's not a problem... it's a feature!!!
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You must be a software engineer... =)
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Default definitely not loud enough to hear with the

windows up and no radio on. It only seems to come from one corner (driver's side rear). I have to have the windows down to hear it. It's only over bumps and I can hear it with the radio on, but not cranked. On at a vomlume where I could talk over it to a passenger. So is the carrier the part of the caliper that touches the pad? I'm not too sure about this part. I actually did the pads myslef a while ago...so it could be human error if it is tha pads.
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Default I doubt that you caused this.. it happens to all cars, even mine...

Just take a little antisieze and LIGHTLY paint the area where the pads sit on the carrier.
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Default I have the same problem on my 2001.5...

I left the car at the dealer today, see what they say. Hopefully they'll fix it because it gets annoying with the windows down in the summer. I did get a QX4 as a loaner so I'm not complaining.
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will WD40 work?
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Default for about 5 minutes maybe..

you need something that will stay there for a while.
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so what product would you specifically reccomend
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Default Anti sieze paste, or brake part paste..

better autoparts stores will have the copper antisieze, which takes the heat better. There is also a blue brake lube which I have never used/ I just use the copper stuff.
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