Audi 2003 B6 S4 V8 4dr UK saloon, 24,000 ish miles, orginal owner
Following some recent work by a trusted local independant tech to
replace a damaged heat shield above the prop-shaft, it has
developed a loud noise and vibration under acceleration. The
garage did advise me when I went to collect the car, but he
couldn't pin-point the problem.
At first, we both thought it might be the centre bearing - we
raised the rear wheels free of the ramp deck and ran the engine
in 2nd gear at tick-over - the tech said there was a slight oval
motion about the centre bearing, but I couldn't detect any
vibration in the drivers seat.
When I drove the car home, there was no noticeable noise or
vibration at either constant speed or on over-run. There was
however horrendous noise and vibration on acceleration. The
lower the gear, and the harder the acceleration, the worse the
noise and vibration. The higher the gear and gentler the
acceleration the less noticeable the noise and vibration. In
fact, in 4th, 5th & 6th, I couldn't notice anything at all. I
found a quiet lane, and tried some stationary 1st gear
stop-start-stops, and after a while, the noise/vibration seemed
to clear. However, after reversing, and then driving forwards,
the noise/vibration returned with a vengance, and I could not
reduce the noise/vibration as previous.
The noise/vibration seems to be coming from the centre/rear area,
perhaps under the centre of the rear seat, but it isn't always
easy to determine exactly where, when you are keeping a lookout
on where you are driving!
I'm not at all convinced it is coming from the centre bearing -
because it is only noticeable under acceleration - if it were the
centre bearing, then the noise would be there at all times.
I think it *may*
be the rear joint. These are a kind of self
tightening constant velocity (CV) joint, with alternating tapered
ball tracks, which look like a "WW" when viewed from the end,
rather than the parallel "I I I I I I" ball tracks found on axle
driveshaft CV joints.
Has anyone else come across prop-shaft failures on Audi
quattros?, and does anyone have any other opinions on my problem.
BTW - I'm not looking for pointing the finger and blaming
anyone - the tech already thinks he knows he has screwed up - we
are both just not sure what went wrong, although he did admit to
have to loosen the rear prop joint from the diff pinion shaft
with the assistance of a hammer and chisel!!
Thanks and regards
'06 Golf GTI 2.0T FSI, '03 Audi S4 v8, '99 Astra 1.8 Sport
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