recently purchased my a4 1.8t and its great, but i have a number of problems that im hoping arent major, as i dont want to find ive wasted my money!
Ive just changed the snub mount which has made a difference to the engine shake and the sloppiness when driving, but ive noticed some other issues:
When steering, while getting closer to full lock, i get a groaning noise which gets louder the closer to full lock i get, ive checked the fluid, its not at max but not far off so didnt think this was the cause. Someone mentioned the altenator?
Next, on full right lock (possibly left too, havent checked), i get a knocking, clicking noise from the front right corner wheel area when driving slow. Also, it may be my imagination but while getting closer to full lock, the steering weight seems to change. I dont know what this is, but i hope its not the steering rack, as i understand this is a massive job?
When i start the engine cold, it idles at about 1200-1300 rpm, until i drive for a bit, could this be because of my faulty thermostat? im having that changed this week.
The car is 7 years old and it generally feels like a 7 year old car, the engine and gearshift still moves when driving but not as much as before, i cant quite describe how it feels to drive, at speed it seems great, but lower speed, it does feel a bit...wobbly? like everything isnt as 'tight' as it should be.
Can anyone shed some light on these issues? I want to get things sorted asap but i cant afford to spend loads on it, got to do the cambelt this week too!