S3, Differential whine

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#1 S3, Differential whine

Post by Paul Buckley » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:20 am

Hi Guys and Gals

I have just noticed a slight whine from my diff when under power, but not on the overrun.
We are experiencing hot weather (31c/ 88f) here in the UK at the moment and I am wondering about the oil in the diff.
Also, there is an occasional 'clunk' from the rear end when setting off from stationary.
What do you reckon would be the most likely culprit?

Thanks in anticipation ..... :smile:
Paul

1972 S3 OTS, 32k mls, a survivor.

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#2 Re: S3, Differential whine

Post by mgcjag » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:27 am

Hi Paul...any oil leaks from the diff....it the oil level ok..Steve
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#3 Re: S3, Differential whine

Post by JJC » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:06 pm

Why not flush out whatever is in there, and replace with new. While doing this, keep an eye out for metal. Might want to run a magnet thru whatever you drain, in case little metal shavings missed your eye. If conditions persist, open it up and inspect. Better to rebuild (not the end of the world) before it might fail on the road. Good luck.

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#4 Re: S3, Differential whine

Post by Paul Buckley » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:52 pm

Thanks for the very prompt replies.
Obviously I am not the only one who monitors the forum every thirty minutes or so! :lol:
In between working, of course .....

Nope, no oil leaks, but I think that I might change the oil anyway.
To what, though?
There is some stuff on the forum about oil and additives which I will read with interest.

Anyone any ideas regarding the 'clunk?'
I suppose the U/J's would be the first think to have a look at, but what have forum members experienced?
It is certainly something that involves play, somewhere.

Cheers
Paul

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#5 Re: S3, Differential whine

Post by mgcjag » Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:32 pm

Hi Paul....what oil does the service manual recomend you use.....what diff do you have..LSD? Non lsd use EP90 with a lsd you need the addative but you can get oil that already has it in.....if a diff has no or very little oil it will clonk a bit when you turn the i/p.....however noise could be prop or driveshaft ujs etc.. Steve
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#6 Re: S3, Differential whine

Post by colin gray » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:07 pm

Get your self some proper LSD oil Castrol and others sell it, Clonks and knocks check everything up to the diff. With the wheels on the floor try turning the pinion flange you will soon see if there is excessive play.
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#7 Re: S3, Differential whine

Post by Ole-xke1974 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:23 pm

Paul Buckley wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:52 pm
Nope, no oil leaks, but I think that I might change the oil anyway.
To what, though?
If no leaks, chances are that your diff has no oil in it. It is English after all :wow: :lol:

In all seriousness, all has been said. Try flushing it and fill up with new oil and LSD additive, if applicable.

Mine has a slight whine, which I'd rather not have, but I'm not going to do anything other that drain and replace, for now.

Cheers and good luck ........ Ole
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