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please help. I know nothing mechanically but bought a 2010 Audi A5 convertible with 60K miles from a truly 'used car salesman' guy in Omaha, thousands of miles from my home in Seattle. I loved the car, knew Audi was a good car, so overlooked the awful dealer selling it. Got here and within 2 days, there was a very noticeable clunking at low speeds when turning the wheel either right or left, getting louder and louder each time I even moved the car, including reversing. the dealer refused to tell me what it was, claiming he'd driven thousands of miles on it and it never had that...right! So I'm going to take it to a local mechanic here with a friend following me because I don't feel it's safe to drive. I've heard tie rods, bearings, shocks, and something called a differential. I want to be knowledgeable somewhat tomorrow but I'm a 65 year old recent widow who doesn't know a thing and who's tired of being taken advantage of. Can anyone advise me? Janie
 

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please help. I know nothing mechanically but bought a 2010 Audi A5 convertible with 60K miles from a truly 'used car salesman' guy in Omaha, thousands of miles from my home in Seattle. I loved the car, knew Audi was a good car, so overlooked the awful dealer selling it. Got here and within 2 days, there was a very noticeable clunking at low speeds when turning the wheel either right or left, getting louder and louder each time I even moved the car, including reversing. the dealer refused to tell me what it was, claiming he'd driven thousands of miles on it and it never had that...right! So I'm going to take it to a local mechanic here with a friend following me because I don't feel it's safe to drive. I've heard tie rods, bearings, shocks, and something called a differential. I want to be knowledgeable somewhat tomorrow but I'm a 65 year old recent widow who doesn't know a thing and who's tired of being taken advantage of. Can anyone advise me? Janie
If it is at low speed while the wheel is already in a lock it could be the camber of the wheels causing the tyre to slip on the surface. Quite a few posts on this on the forum and the consensus is its normal behaviour. But from your description, you appear to be saying it clunks while turning the wheel? Doesn't sound right. Good to get it checked.
 

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please help. I know nothing mechanically but bought a 2010 Audi A5 convertible with 60K miles from a truly 'used car salesman' guy in Omaha, thousands of miles from my home in Seattle. I loved the car, knew Audi was a good car, so overlooked the awful dealer selling it. Got here and within 2 days, there was a very noticeable clunking at low speeds when turning the wheel either right or left, getting louder and louder each time I even moved the car, including reversing. the dealer refused to tell me what it was, claiming he'd driven thousands of miles on it and it never had that...right! So I'm going to take it to a local mechanic here with a friend following me because I don't feel it's safe to drive. I've heard tie rods, bearings, shocks, and something called a differential. I want to be knowledgeable somewhat tomorrow but I'm a 65 year old recent widow who doesn't know a thing and who's tired of being taken advantage of. Can anyone advise me? Janie
Hi Janie,

I wouldnt worry too much, as long as its not the engine itself suspension problems can be reasonably easy to get to and a good trusting mechanic will point it out and hopefully its not a major issue. It maybe a worn driveshaft CV joint or something within the wheel hub area especially how you said its noticeable when turning.

good luck and let us know what the mechanic thinks. Worth getting him to give the car a good general checking over while its there too.
 

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Good replies both!! Does not sound bad so see what your mechanic thinks. These cars are very well made and strong, but also quite complex so we all need a good independent VAG specialist.
 
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