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Started car up after leaving office and the Yellow warning suspension light came on first and then the Green light started flashing after about 15 minutes of driving. Made it home safe driving really slow but now my right front passenger side tire is almost hitting the body of the car. What's best way to diagnose? Also, if I need air shock(s), where's the best company to purchase from? Thanks.

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Best way to diagnose it is to take the time to google/read one of the literally hundreds of posts covering this topic. Every answer you need is already out there.
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Started car up after leaving office and the Yellow warning suspension light came on first and then the Green light started flashing after about 15 minutes of driving. Made it home safe driving really slow but now my right front passenger side tire is almost hitting the body of the car. What's best way to diagnose? Also, if I need air shock(s), where's the best company to purchase from? Thanks.

What the best way to diagnose? Thanks.
Do the simple test first. Your passenger side should be lowered after a few minutes or hours.
https://www.audiworld.com/forums/a8-.../#post25058695
https://www.audiworld.com/forums/a8-.../#post25073672


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Best way to diagnose it is to take the time to google/read one of the literally hundreds of posts covering this topic. Every answer you need is already out there.
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Originally Posted by ltooz_a6_a8_q7 View Post
Do the simple test first. Your passenger side should be lowered after a few minutes or hours.
https://www.audiworld.com/forums/a8-.../#post25058695
https://www.audiworld.com/forums/a8-.../#post25073672


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I let the car sit still today and once I came in from the office, I started her up and checked to see if I could hear the pump running and now the car is level again. Yellow and Green lights are off. I just talked with my mechanic and we are going to diagnose the problem tomorrow. Will keep you all posted on what he finds. Thanks.

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The absolute best replacement strut/damper is the OE Continental-Teves part. Buy from a dealer. No worries about a clunking "rebuilt" strut that you have to R&R again or a replacement air bag that may leak etc. The Arnott new versions without the dampening feature can't be nearly as good as the real thing. Plus, if you only replace one the ride will be different side to side.I know the shock has different valving but try disconnecting your electrical connector to one strut and drive the car. Big difference. You will have a warning light but plug it back in and restart the car and the light will go out.

Speaking of, some have reported the dashboard warning light staying on with the Arnott strut despite it having a bypass circuit.

Why waste time? As I get older, time is more valuable to me....

I finally had to replace the Driver's side front one last week with 289.000 miles on the clock on my '04.. The passenger side one only lasted aboot(sic) 150,000 miles.
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Can't beat the real thing Mr. Bally, that's the reason why your car at that mileage still can hit 175MPH safely...
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The absolute best replacement strut/damper is the OE Continental-Teves part. Buy from a dealer. No worries about a clunking "rebuilt" strut that you have to R&R again or a replacement air bag that may leak etc. The Arnott new versions without the dampening feature can't be nearly as good as the real thing. Plus, if you only replace one the ride will be different side to side.I know the shock has different valving but try disconnecting your electrical connector to one strut and drive the car. Big difference. You will have a warning light but plug it back in and restart the car and the light will go out.

Speaking of, some have reported the dashboard warning light staying on with the Arnott strut despite it having a bypass circuit.

Why waste time? As I get older, time is more valuable to me....

I finally had to replace the Driver's side front one last week with 289.000 miles on the clock on my '04.. The passenger side one only lasted aboot(sic) 150,000 miles.
Thank you Mr. Bally. Can you provide any companies that carry them.
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Thank you Mr. Bally. Can you provide any companies that carry them.
Ordering from a dealer parts store is the cheapest way to find them, third parties usually charge MSRP, online Audi parts sites usually charge 10-20% less on struts. It's still really expensive, $1500 if I recall. Worth it, if you want to keep the car for a long while.
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