Vibration on B5 A4 Avant

Marco Weibel wemaca at
Tue Jan 21 07:32:13 PST 2014

Many factors to consider...
I came along this page once I was looking for info about the same issue.

No affiliations with this page, just what i found to be a good write up to find the cause.

My first bet would be to try a different shop with another balancer/operator combo,
... or wheel spacers often drop on the hard concrete floor from 4-5 feet high when wheels are removed and get bulged up at the impact point. If one doesn't file it flat again it may make the wheel wobble side to side causing vibrations even tho the wheel is balanced properly.

 Marco Weibel

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On 2014-01-21, at 9:37 AM, Werner Raschdorf <wraschdorf at> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> I recently had 4 new tires mounted and balanced on my 2000 A4 Avant. 2.8
> V6. Also had a 4 wheel alignment done at the same time. After taking it on
> the road, I notice a vibration that starts around 55mph and gets worse
> until approx. 80mph. Then after 80 mph it dampens out again. I feel the
> vibration in the steering wheel and the frame of the car.
> I took the car back to the guy that did the work and he found that some of
> the weights on one of the front wheels had fallen off. He did the balancing
> again on all 4 wheels. It got better but still did not go away. I also had
> him check the wheel bearings and control arms and he says they are fine.
> The car is stock except that 3 years ago I mounted 17" rims and tires on it
> from a 2007 S line A4. When I mounted them I did have to install H+R wheel
> spacers to fit the larger wheel. The shocks are original as are the control
> arms and wheel bearings. Outer Tie rod ends have been replaced 2 times
> before. The car has 98,500 miles on it. The shocks seem stiff when pushed.
> I'm not sure the guy I went to was the sharpest pencil in the box since he
> can't seem to diagnose the problem. Any suggestions on where to start
> looking for my problem?
> Also, does anyone have a recommendation for a reputable Audi suspension
> shop in the Boca Raton, Fl. area?
> Thanks
> Werner
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