I just moved up north, where it is in the high 30's, and now whenever i start my car, it makes a bad whining noise, accompanied by grinding when I turn the steering wheel. I drove it around for about 20 minutes yesterday, and it didn't go away. It is a 2000 A6 Quattro 4.2L, 94000 miles.

Asked by May 17, 2007 at 04:25 PM about the 2000 Audi A6 4.2 quattro Sedan AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

3 Answers


Not so sure about the grinding when you turn, but the whirring noise is most likely your idle speed control motor reacting to the extremely cold temperatures. They are known to whine in cold temps.


I like the answer above, but don't rule out power steering pump either...


ya i was going to say its probably your power steering motor

Your Answer


Looking for a Used A6 in your area?

CarGurus has 7,688 nationwide A6 listings starting at $2,200.


Audi A6 Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Audi A4
190 Great Deals out of 12,329 listings starting at $1,700
Used BMW 5 Series
370 Great Deals out of 16,014 listings starting at $1,650
Used Audi A8
42 Great Deals out of 1,445 listings starting at $3,499
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
422 Great Deals out of 20,570 listings starting at $1,999
Used BMW 3 Series
902 Great Deals out of 32,870 listings starting at $1,000
Used Audi S4
27 Great Deals out of 1,534 listings starting at $3,850
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
597 Great Deals out of 25,229 listings starting at $1,950
Used BMW 7 Series
110 Great Deals out of 4,989 listings starting at $2,699
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class
112 Great Deals out of 7,201 listings starting at $1,980
Used Honda Accord
535 Great Deals out of 92,557 listings starting at $1,495

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Audi A6 For Sale
3,678 listings starting at $37,746
2017 Audi A6 For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 426 listings starting at $31,000
2016 Audi A6 For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 597 listings starting at $17,885
2015 Audi A6 For Sale
36 Great Deals out of 908 listings starting at $16,995
2014 Audi A6 For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 564 listings starting at $12,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.