Signs of bad struts


#1

I have a 1999 Audi A8 and I think the struts/shocks need to be replaced. I live in the College Park MD area and my car has around 100,000 miles on it. The front right wheel compartment has been making a lot of squeaky and metal grinding noise when i go over bumps and stop and go. I got a quote for new struts/shocks for just the front and it was $1300. But when I look up shock absorbers I price them at $123.00 How is this possible and do i have the correct problem dignoasis?


#2

A strut can make that kind of noise but a sway bar could also do the same thing. So could a dry ball joint or tie rod end.

I think you’re confusing shock and strut. A shock is usually cheaper but still way expensive on an Audi. A quick look shows shocks at about 130 each and most car parts houses do not even list struts as being available.

An on-line look shows struts, NOT shocks, at around 400 to 500 bucks apiece; and yes, they’re always replaced in pairs.
Ouch. Welcome to the Audi world.


#3

I went on out looked under the car today… the ball joint boot was ripped and the joints were faily dry. How can i replace this?


#4

could this be my problem? http://www.audiforums.com/recalls-and-tsbs/make_AUDI/model_A8/year_1999/id_48841/Recall.htm


#5

Yes, a dry tie rod end can creak, groan, squeek, or even pop like a firecracker.

This is a safety issue and since it’s a recall, and absolutely free of charge to you, then I would advise getting this repaired quickly.

Mitsubish had a similar recall on the Galant in regards to rubber boots and lower ball joints.
Unfortunately, Mitsubishi had a very narrow standard of what constitutes a fault and dismissed a lot of them as fine.
There have been a number of lower ball joint failures even after the recall was done and the joints signed off on.
One of my daughter’s cars was one of them when a ball joint broke but luckily, it was while turning into a driveway.
Mitsubishi still won’t do anything about that one.

I don’t think you will run into this kind of problem with VW/Audi.


#6

Well, Audi says they informed the owners 8 years ago. This car does have 100K and 8 years on the clock. Chances are the recall work has probably been done, and your on the hook for the fix. Ouch, I’ll bet the revised estimate will be higher.


#7

Make sure the lug nuts are tight.