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Hello. I found this site when I was researching my new car purchase.. I appreciated all of the useful information at the site. I placed an order for my 2010 Audi A3 TDI in late January. It arrived in April, and I have been enjoying and learning about the vehicle since that time. The car has been great, a much better fit for me than the 2000 Accord I've had for the last ten years-- I love smaller cars and hatchbacks. I have not had any major problems with the car in the six months I've driven it.

The only odd thing is that the car makes a squeaking/spring-like noise when getting in or leaving the vehicle with the parking brake engaged when the car is on an incline. The noise doesn't occur when the parking brake is not engaged. I thought the noise was shock related at first. The dealer seems to indicate that the issue should go away when the brakes have more wear on them.

I'm currently contemplating purchasing winter tires and perhaps a way to carry my bicycle on it (hitch or roof rails).
 

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If the car is steady I don't see how it could be the brakes. Do you see any shipping blocks stuck in the front strut? Where does the noise come from? Only once per "park" or if you get in and out of the car you can reproduce the noise each time?
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I didn't see any blocks in the front struts. I checked for that when the problem occurred the first time, thanks to the suggestions here-- and checked again today (thus the delay in getting back) to make sure I didn't miss something.

The noise comes from the rear of the car, not the front. It happens when someone gets into either the driver or passenger side, and also when I close the hatch with items in it, too. It doesn't happen on even ground, only on an incline.. and only when the parking brake is engaged. The noise occurs each time someone gets in or out of the car, not just once per park. And it isn't as pronounced or happen at all if I or someone else sits further into the middle than the door.
 

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If it were the parking brake it could be loose on one side. But why does it only happen on an incline? The transmission should hold the car too.

PS, always use the parking brake when parked. It's better for the transmission and safer.
 
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