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  1. #1

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    Nov 2012

    Tracking - steering wheel off center

    Hi all,

    Just had my MOT done on my 2.5 TDI and one of the tie rod ends needed replacing. The steering wheel now points to the right very slightly whilst driving straight.

    Any ideas on whether taking it to be tracked properly will cure this?

    Do I require 4 wheel alignment on this model?

    Any reputable places in the Nottingham area that can achieve this?



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    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Is it Quattro or two wheel drive?

    I've had experience with the Quattro 4 wheel alignment, I don't know if non-Quattro is the same
    It cost me £80-£100 each go. I've had it done twice on both cars, first time was not done properly but I didn't notice!
    Second time I needed to change the rear tie arms as the adjustment bolts were seized. (some gen here How to replace front and rear suspension parts (with pics) if you want to see the full story)

    Your fault should be cured with a 'Kwik-Fit' front wheel tracking job, but the 4 wheel alignment was well worth it once done properly and I would recommend it if you can find somewhere good - it was like driving a different car!
    1999 A4 B5 1.9 TDi FWD Saloon, Green SOLD
    2000 A4 B5 2.5 TDi Quattro Avant, Maroon, 'Panzer' Plated (currently sporting wrecked engine - and gearbox )
    2000 A4 B5 2.5 TDi Quattro Saloon, Blue, 'Panzer' Plated, Cruise Control retrofitted, OEM 6 Disc Changer retrofitted
    2006 A6 Allroad 3.0 TDi Blue, awaiting stuff to be done!

  4. #3

    Join Date
    Nov 2012

    Thanks for the reply.

    Tyres have always looked good with no signs of uneven wear. It's just the off-centre steering wheel thats annoying me right now! Really off-putting.



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