Hit a curb now audi A4 has horrible whirring sound!

Hi there I have had my lovely A4 97 model for 2 years now and loved it until the night I hit a high curb. Geez it took the steering wheel out of my hand now whenever im in the car it makes a horrible whirring
sound under the passenger side near the wheel. I feel ive totally wrecked the car and am totally distraught does anyone have any ideas what this could be? Please help. Many Thanks Lorraine
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take it to a pro wheel alignment specialist.........he/she should be able to diagnose the problem.
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Go to an independent Audi specialist, a alignment specialist may just try to adjust things then tell you your suspension is bent & still charge you for the pleasure, but if its making a noise you have bent something, VAG parts can get most suspension parts in OEM & are fast for mail order, so stay clear of non genuine parts if you can,
http://www.vagparts.com /
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

How fast were you going? Were you parking or did you slam into the curb at 40 mph? It could be the wheel bearings going, they would make a 'whoop whoop' sounds as the wheel turns. Of course, if you hit the curb hard enough to mess up the bearings, chances are you messed up something else too.... Does the car pull when you accelerate or brake? Is the wheel centered when you drive straight?
Dan D '04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6 Central NJ USA
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Start with the basics, find a straight road, steady 30mph and take your hands off the wheel, does it pull to one side, if so, then your tracking is out, take it to a tire shop, and get a four wheel aliment check. If it won't line up, then you know something is bent. Unless you kerb it at high speed, I very much doubt much damage has been done, at worse maybe a wheel bearing or maybe an out of shape wheel. It could also be something as daft as the wheel arch liner has dropped and is touching the tyre.
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I'm not sure what my wife did to her A4, but the front tires suddenly started wearing out fast with a pattern that seemed to indicate positive camber (worn on outside edge of the tires). She also complained of a multiple of strange sounds. I did a quick run up and down the driveway and found there was a sound like a straining power steering pump (like you get when you turn the wheel all the way and keep pushing). She went to a local mechanic and they said it needed power steering fluid, which she said helped with the noise but didn't clear it up completely. She took it to the dealer for alignment, but I had a feeling there might be something more to it than just bad alignment. Back in the days of RWD, cars seemed to need alignment more often than they needed oil, but after switching to FWD and then AWD, I've never needed to take a car for alignment, even after driving over some very rough unpaved roads. Anyway, the dealer declared that it needed a new steering rack. $1500 for the steering rack and $500 for a set of tires, and now she says it is running normally again.
So... you may be in for a new steering rack. You probably could get it for less than half what I paid if you can find a reliable mechanic rather than an Audi dealer. If you have it done soon enough then you won't need to get new tires. Of course the problem may well be something other than the steering rack, but whatever it is, there's a high probability that it's wearing down your tires.
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