Common Problems with the Audi A6 Control Arm
Your vehicle's wheel hubs are connected to the chassis through the triangular-shaped suspension component called the control arm. It is one of the most important parts of your Audi A6's independent suspension system. Your car's control arm is the one primarily responsible in reducing the vibration transference and preventing the contact between the arms and chassis which are both made of metal. Getting this component worn out and damaged can cause problems in your suspension system. Here are a few of the most common problems that you might experience with your Audi A6's control arm.
Vibration and shaking of the steering wheel
If you're experiencing vibrations while driving your Audi A6, this could be a sign of a bent, torn, or worn out control arm. These vibrations are more noticeable when you're driving at a freeway because they will get worse at higher speeds. Aside from a damaged or worn out control arm, bad alignment, warped brake rotors, bent wheels, unevenly worn tires, and worn out control arm bushings are also some of the other possible causes of vibrations and shaking of your car's steering wheel.
Loose and imprecise steering
A faulty control arm may also make your steering feel loose and imprecise. Pay close attention on your vehicle's behaviour and movement while you're driving then check how the steering feels like. If you notice that your car wanders back and forth when you're driving it around a series, on corners, and in a straight line , this could be the result of the excessive slop of a worn out control arm bushing. Aside from the loose and imprecise steering, a bad control arm bushing may also cause the when and suspension to move easily and excessively.
Unwanted noise while driving
If the bushings in your Audi A6's driving your car control arms are worn out, you are most likely to hear rattling and clunking noises while driving. These noises are usually more noticeable when you are driving at lower speeds and around corners. However, if the noise you're hearing is a squeaking sound, this could be caused by an intrusion of water or other contamination on your control arm bushings. Make sure to always do a routine maintenance inspection on your bushings and check for flaking, cracking, advanced deterioration, and other signs of wear that can result to unwanted noises.