Hi all, I'm new to this forum so apologies if this is old news... Just reading about aluminium fatigue and some other associated posts about creaky and cracked A2 door hinges...My drivers door was making a terrible cracking noise when opened and closed so I did some hunting around on the web and found it appeared to be a common issue. I spoke to my local dealer (Norwich Audi) who at first claimed to have not heard of such a problem. I then informed them of an internal Audi bulletin I'd seen on another forum, emailed it to them, and within the same day the parts were on order without my car even being seen!!
I had to wait about 2 weeks for the parts to arrive and Audi have just had the car in for the repairs for 4 days, but all seems well again with my newly replaced hinges! And I didn't have to pay a penny and was given a courtesy car so pleased with service.
Here is the original link and bulletin I sent the main dealer. Hope it is useful to you if your A2 is creaking at the seams!
Routine durability monitoring by Audi AG has identified a minor cosmetic flaw in the door
hinge of the Audi A2 (model year 2000-2005).
It has been discovered that the hinge can be susceptible to cracks on the outer non-structural
To some customers this may lead to concern that the structural integrity has been compromised – this is not the case.
Should you receive any customer enquiries relating to this characteristic please advise them that extensive testing of affected hinges by Audi AG has confirmed that their performance and longevity are in no way reduced by these surface cracks.
Replacement doors have been modified since September 2007.
Audi AG have produced a Technical Problem Solution (TPL) which has been published on ELSA -
TPL number 2016707/1. This TPL includes details of how to claim the cost of the repair. Please
note that all vehicles are covered - even if out of warranty - and so customers should not becharged.
However, we do not expect to be in a position to have all the required parts in stock at Dordon until
mid-March. The two part numbers currently unavailable are the kits 8Z0 898 021 and 8Z0 898
022. Please postpone all repairs until all the parts are available. The other parts required are:
• 8Z0 837 349C
• 8Z0 837 350C
• 8Z0 868 243
• DA 001 730 A2
• D 001 001
• D 009 401 04
• N 903 675 03
• N 101 154 04
• 8Z0 898 021 (currently unavailable)
• 8Z0 898 022 (currently unavailable)
As soon as all parts are in stock we will issue a further announcement.
Agreed, very hard to tell exactly what it is. My guess is that it is a crack of some sort but that it has been there for a long time, thereby allowing the paint to blister. You can certainly feel something with your finger though.Hi John to me when you blow your photo up this doesn't look like a crack it looks like blistering under the paint when I get my Laptop on later i will see if I can find the photo of mine
Agreed Phil however there's what looks like a small crack at top right corner of the hinge maybe 5mm long at a 30 degree or so angle.Hi John to me when you blow your photo up this doesn't look like a crack it looks like blistering under the paint when I get my Laptop on later i will see if I can find the photo of mine
I have no plans to get rid of the A2 at the moment. I still love it, and even after 150,000 miles it still feels good. More to the point there is nothing on the market to tempt me. Perhaps a BMW i3, but not in its present form (My thoughts here http://www.arthurlea.com/Stories/BMWi3/index.htm ) So on that basis it is worth me trying to get the doors looked at and any issues resolved.If you intend keeping the car long term John I'd be tempted to have the job done if Perth Audi will process it for you.
Memory serving it's new hinges fitted with strengthening plates epoxied to the inner surfaces so it's a peace of mind for the future job. The mark above your hinge doesn't look like the aluminum oxidation I've seen on panels as it's a defined line. See what they say and hopefully it'll be good news for you. I recall you saying about Perth before and they do have a great reputation for customer service.
Yes, Roy is right, the bolt heads on the "door side" of the hinge are quite well hidden and covered by the foam rubber and they are often loose and go unnoticed..http://www.a2oc.net/forum/showthread.php?19893-If-you-can-do-one-thing-today
check the door side as well as I found mine lose.