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.
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!
1997 Audi A4 1.8TQ [sold]
2000 Mercedes Benz C230K Sport
2004 Audi A4 Avant 1.8TQ loaded
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.
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...
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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