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    Hi Guys,

    I have a 2013 Audi R8 4.2 that has developed a roar / drone when above say 30kmh and above.
    From the outside I have been told that there are no unusual noises.
    From the inside I get this roar/drone that when it begins I can feel some slight vibration where my feet are in the drivers foot-well.
    It happens on all road surfaces.
    Audi at Pennant Hills could not find anything wrong and believe its the tyres going through a life cycle (Pirelli's that are around 18 months old with around 7K's on them - all tyres wearing beautifully)
    Asked them to check the wheel bearings (they found nothing wrong), any issues with gearbox linkages (nothing wrong).
    Has me stumped!!
    What other mechanical parts are up front - could the quattro system be the culprit.
    Its going in for service on Monday and was hoping to throw something at them to check.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers

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    Have you had the alignment checked?

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    Hi Alister,
    No I didn't get a wheel alignment, but the noise I described has only occurred over the last few weeks.
    Tyres are wearing beautifully.
    Looked under the car tonight to see whether anything caught or loose underneath - but nothing.
    It sounds from your question you may also think its the tyres?

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    Quote Originally Posted by louc View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I have a 2013 Audi R8 4.2 that has developed a roar / drone when above say 30kmh and above.
    From the outside I have been told that there are no unusual noises.
    From the inside I get this roar/drone that when it begins I can feel some slight vibration where my feet are in the drivers foot-well.
    It happens on all road surfaces.
    Audi at Pennant Hills could not find anything wrong and believe its the tyres going through a life cycle (Pirelli's that are around 18 months old with around 7K's on them - all tyres wearing beautifully)
    Asked them to check the wheel bearings (they found nothing wrong), any issues with gearbox linkages (nothing wrong).
    Has me stumped!!
    What other mechanical parts are up front - could the quattro system be the culprit.
    Its going in for service on Monday and was hoping to throw something at them to check.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers
    Assume that this is in any gear and any speed above ~30 KPH. Does it vary with speed? Still there if you back off? There if you are in neutral?

    If it varies with road speed but no other scenario than it should be something to do with the tyres, brake rotors? wheel bearings and things that rotate faster with speed but not with other inputs. Have you tried raising and lowering the tyre pressures? Tyres would be my first stop and I'd do the pressure change to see if there is any difference. If you can write off tyres as a cause then a stuck caliper, or wheel bearing, CV Joint etc. Good luck.
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    Thanks for your thoughts.
    Above 30Kmh the sound doesn't vary in intensity - seems to be constant. When you back off its still there until under 30kmh. Auto setup so upon startup no unusual sounds until moving.
    Haven't tried raising or lowering the air pressure, but I'll give it a go.
    My initial thoughts centered around the wheel bearing and the quattro system, but the techo said all OK and couldn't fault the car.
    I'll raise the issue of the CV joint and the calipers.
    Thanks for your help.
    Cheers

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    Buckled wheel could be another fault..

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    Just an update. NOTHING
    Audi service say they cab't find any problems from front of car - cv, rotors, quattro system all ok.
    But I still hear this drone.
    The only thing I didn't ask them was to ensure the undertray was secure.
    If that's ok I can only assume that the Pirelli's are the culprit.
    I might just take it to European AutoTech and see whether Derrick's boys can give it the once over - otherwise????

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    yeah, sounds like you need to swap over some wheels to rule them/tyres out..

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    And the saga continues!
    Just got the car back after Audi said it looks like the wheel bearings are worn and could be the issue.
    Well $2K later and the same damn noise is there.
    Going next week to the guys who fitted the Pirelli's (they have only done 11K in the last 21 months).
    It is just becoming excessively louder as the speed increases to the extend that on a motorway, good luck trying to hear the radio without cranking up the volume severely.

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    Never worked on a R8 but thereís a few things you can try
    First try reversing at 30kmh and see if that changes
    Try jacking the whole car up and see if it still happened when all 4 wheels are off the ground. If it does the have some one keeping the refs up and look everywhere to see f you can locate it.
    Thereís no point in guessing but wha you can do is locate and isolate the issue and find out whatís making the sound.

    Get ya self a jack and four jack stands.

    But if I had to guess Iíd say itís your prop shaft

    Can you take a video or sound recording?



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