Sven Nielsen, Technical Director from MEYLE, says the following difficulties may arise with the Audi A1:
Stabiliser links often worn out
Intense strain and high surface pressure wear and stress on the ball joint. This causes a premature failure of the ball joint and generates noise at the front axle.
MEYLE in-house engineers increased the diameter of the ball head of the ball joint to 22 mm, in addition to using wear-resistant synthetic ball sockets with high-tech grease. The reduction of the surface pressure ensures a significantly longer lifetime.
Our engineers are passionate about improving our MEYLE-HD stabiliser links, constantly seeking new ways of refining all components. To make installation and removal procedures easier for our customers; more and more MEYLE-HD stabiliser links are designed with a wrench attachment at the ball pin. A distinctive advantage when fitting, in particular over those original designs which lack this value-adding feature.
Worn or inferior-quality C.V. joints
Unscheduled trips to the workshop are the nightmare of every driver. Worn or inferior-quality C.V. joints can reduce driver comfort by transmitting structure-borne noise and vibrations. This wear and tear reduces the useful life of the joints and can even lead to premature breakdown.
In order to deal with this problem, MEYLE relies on using state-of-the-art production methods. MEYLE C.V. joints are manufactured to the highest quality standards – all components are precision-manufactured and perfectly geared to one another. MEYLE UK offers independent workshops C.V. joints for all popular vehicle applications as kits, with accessory material to save time and effort in identifying and ordering all parts separately. The kits contain the requisite individual components including axle boot, grease and mounting hardware.
Worn out brake discs
Worn out brake discs affect the braking behavior of the vehicle. Rust may play a major role in this case.
The MEYLE solution is a brake disc covered with a specially developed multi-layer zinc coating. The MEYLE PD coating simply provides better anti-corrosion protection.
MEYLE subjected their MEYLE PD brake disc to a ten day comparative test with a conventional brake disc from the aftermarket and an original disc which was also coated. The salt spray test designed to simulate the influences of corrosion was carried out in the quality laboratory at MEYLE in Hamburg.
Compared to the conventional brake disc which showed intense rusting over the entire surface area after 240 hours, the MEYLE PD brake disc displayed only a small amount of white rusting and isolated patches of rust on the surface and on the bores of the inner surface. The coated original brake disc also showed severe rusting close to the bores, increased rusting at the edges and also white rusting.