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Today walking up to my car from a bit of a distance, looking at the rear end I noticed that the right side was quite a bit higher than the left. When I measured it, I could easily fit the width of 4 fingers between the top of the tire and the wheel well on the right, but it was a squeeze to fit 2 finger widths between the tire and the well on the left side. <p>The car was empty with nothing but a briefcase in the back, so it wasn't something I was carrying. It has been driving the same as usual, side hop no worse, overall suspension feel no different. Not throwing any codes. It has been making a creaking noise, inconsistently, when going over railroad crossings or other things that cause more suspension travel. <p>I drove a couple miles to my office, and the differential between the 2 sides lessened to between 1 and 2 finger widths between tire and well. I can still see it with the naked eye, but only if I was looking for it...so I wonder if it has been canted like this for some time, and I only noticed it when it was temporarily more pronounced. <p>So, I called up my dealer who said to drive by and they'll take a peek, the (new) SA asked me "does this have an air adjustable suspension?" (Oh, god, help me. Problem is, the svc mgr who over the past year I had carefully cultivated a decent relationship with abruptly left, and so there was subsequently more turnover, again <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> ). Anyway, he went and talked to a tech who said it was ok to drive until my 30k service in a few weeks. <p>Anybody have any insights on what this might be? I did have the IPD rear sway installed a few months back, I suppose this could have a role here. Bad shock? Seems like I'd get a code if so. Anyway, any thoughts would be appreciated.<p>thanks<p>Ken
 

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The obvious problem could be the surface you're parking on... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: new suspension weirdness... (kenschel)

Ken Moose-<p>When was last alignment? That is all I can think or bad spring is possible but normally you would have all kinds of problems if it really was the suspension
 

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Re: new suspension weirdness... (Helmut Ranff)

Helmut, last alignment was too long ago, I'm getting one in a couple weeks at 30k svc. I wondered about alignment, but didn't think mis-alignment could cause the car's stance to be so cockeyed..or at least not without also causing something obvious in how it drives. You think it is possible? <p>
 

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Re: new suspension weirdness... (kenschel)

Get it on 100% LEVEL ground and remeasure.<br>You can't believe how much difference there can be if the ground is not <B>completely</B> <B>level</B>
 

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Re: new suspension weirdness... (JRL)

understood; the gas station where I first noticed this seemed pretty darn flat but the eyes can deceive. I'll see what my carpenter's level tells me about my garage floor when I get home. thanks JRL
 

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Re: new suspension weirdness... (kenschel)

Oh yes, rear camber does effect ride height and when you mention it being only a couple of fingers it makes sense.<p>So lets say the left/right camber is different and then this is combined with the surface you are on is also not perfectly level<p>This way the misalignment is not extremely severe although the rear camber is not the same by some amount
 

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Re: new suspension weirdness... (Helmut Ranff)

Helmut, well that may just be it. I was planning on getting an alignment anyway...<p>Vielen Dank <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: new suspension weirdness... (kenschel)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kenschel</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Helmut, well that may just be it. I was planning on getting an alignment anyway...<p>Vielen Dank <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>rear camber is unfortunately not adjustable...<br>
 

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Re: new suspension weirdness... (SilverS60RNYC)

Sorry then Ken. I thought the AWD had rear camber adjust<p>I guess then weak spring or just the ground is uneven <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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