My new A8L settles on a level garage floor with the right wheel arch top
about 10-13mm lower than the left. I am being told by the dealer that
this is within specs and that the level controller on the adaptive air
suspension levels this out when the car starts to move.
Question: has anybody else experienced this effect and if so what has
been done about it....
Thanks for your extraordinarily insightful response. But a half inch out of
level over the width of a car would get building inspectors concerned in most
parallel (or perpendicular) universes. Lets hear it for Euclid....
Ya gotta have a big stick to test that little bubble. A marble is
cheaper and easier to operate.
That the dealer could 'splain away a 1 cm imbalance is interesting. He
may be aware of more than he is saying (really!) or is just making it
up as he goes along. Or maybe too much air on one side or not enough
on the other or...
Try the marble.
I would try the marble method in my garage - but I know for sure it wouldn't
roll even if the garage was falling into a crater (the floor is totally
spalled thanks to the car dissolver they use on the roads here)
If your car has the level doohinkey ding ding, tweet tweet (bell and whistle
noises) - consider that it will not be working after you turn off the car
and......get out! Yes, it would make sense that the passenger side (cox.net
= US = starboard passengers) would be lower, as the car was compensating for
your weight in the driver's seat. You could try placing your equivalent
weight into the passenger side, going for a drive and then parking again -
removing the weight (and you) and then remeasuring. taDA!
If it's still out - then the car's no good - bring it to me in Canada and
I'll trade you my '62 DKW - it doesn't have all the ding ding, tweet tweet -
but it sits dead on level left to right.
1987 Audi 5kTQ - was off level once - broken spring was culprit
1980 Audi 5k - still off level - also broken spring - darned road salt....
1962 and '64 Auto Union DKW Junior deLuxes - dead level - thanks to good ol'
adjustable torsion bar suspension....
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While I'd just enjoy the old marbles, I think it might be better to just
park the car front to rear and rear to front - having previously marked
where the wheels sit on the first instance of parking - and you'll find very
easily and most scientifically that it is just the diagonally opposite wheel
arch that lists by exactly the same amount.
Anyway, with that kinda car you might also want to check whether it's not
just a roll of bucks that's sitting in the wrong place thus totally
imbalancing the vehicle. If that's so, I'm sure both Steve and I will be
willing to help you get rid of your nuisance :)
This is fairly common with the new A8L, I think there is a tolerance
with the air suspension.
This topic was discussed on the A8 forum on Audiworld.
You're not the only one with slight differences between left and
Yep, I was the OP on Audiworld. I was only able to get one other A8 owner to
measure and he has more lean than I do. I also got a suggestion on that board
to measure the lean standing still with the drivers seat occupied. This
diminishes the lean to 2-3 mm.
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