I've had my '06 A3 2.0T FSI for a few months now. When I bought it I noticed that the driver's side rear wheel had negative camber while the opposite side rear wheel appeared vertical. The car drives well with no apparent handling issues. However, I have running noise (thought it was a wheel bearing) from that corner and the inside shoulder of that wheel is wearing out prematurely.
Here's what the tire store found, and they report that there's no more adjustment available on that wheel.
This weekend I put the car on jack stands and pulled the wheels to check, compare both sides and rotate the wheels. The bearings seem fine in that there's no play or looseness in the wheel and no rotational rubbing/grinding noise you'd expect from a bad bearing. I found that the shock on that wheel had a ding in it, and looks slightly bent, so I'm guessing the prior owner hit a kerb or something in the past to do that. Otherwise a visual inspection revealed nothing that I could see. Nothing else looked bent, broken or miss-aligned. Both sides looked identical to me.
Here are my pics of the dinged shock and suspension.
So, I'll be replacing the shocks, but my question is can this cause the negative camber to this extent, and do I need to replace the shocks and then keep looking, or does anyone have a suggestion about what else I can try or look into?
Thanks in advance for the help.