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    2013 A4 Avant - Car (Mis)-Alignment? How can you check?

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    Since taking delivery of my 2013 A4 Avant back in december I have noticed that the car pulls to the left while driving down a straight piece of flat road (little or no camber) with the steering wheel straight and there are no other influencing factors such as incorrect tyre pressures etc at work. I have also noticed that I can never park the car straight between parallel lines or against pavements, which is definately not a problem I have had in other cars I've driven! I have also had other people try and park it and they have also ended up withng the car slightly skewed...

    Looking at the car from the rear it looks like the right side of the car isn't quite as straight as the left! I can't work out if it's an 'optical illusion' or if there is a real issue with the way the car is aligned. In addition to this the doors on the drivers side don't sit quite as snug as the left side - there is quite alot of wind noise around both doors when driving and the drivers door needs a little bit more effort to shut than the passenger side. On their own the issues are fairly minor but together it makes me concerned that the car has a fundamental flaw.

    Audi have had the car back twice to investigate the issue and have checked that all four wheels are aligned. During the testing they didn't find any significant mis-alignment in the wheels however the rears were both toed-in to a greater degree than what they should be, with the right rear being toed in the most. However, the combined toe according to Audi 'is in the green' and therefore due to this cobined reading Audi have refused to even adjust the toe on the rears. They have also driven the car themselves but have refused to accept that the car pulls to the left sighting road camber etc. even when it was blatently obvious that the steering wheel was turned to the right (by a reasonable amount) to get the car to go straight on a flat piece of tarmac!


    Has anybody had any experience of anything similar? Is there a way to measure if the chassis of the car is aligned properly beyond just doing a four wheel laser alignment? Any help/advice on how to check would be greatly appreciated as there is something definately amiss with the car but proving it definitively is the challenge. I need something solid to go back to Audi with...

    I would be very suprised if there was any kind of misalignment in the chassis as modern manufacturing techniques should be to a high tolerance, however I also know it's not beyond the realms of possibility. I also know that there are issues with the 2013 faceliffted version and it's steering however mine is not afflicted with that particular problem.
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    rac inspection needed methinks
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    If your getting wind noise from a new car take it back!

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    Well 1st I would get an independent 4 wheel alignment check done & get printed results & get them to adjust etc & see what the outcome is, audi adjust purely to a set spec, I had same issues on various cars & when I went indy they fixed it with some adjustments outside of spec to allow for minor differences of which audi don't.

    Is the door issue obvious by following the line of the rear door?

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    I've was once advised by an indipendant alignment specialist that UK cars should pull very slightly to the left as a safety measure. If you fell asleep or the handbrake fails its safer for the car to gently head towards the side of the road rather than keep going straight down it.

    I don't know how true that is but it does make some sense!
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    To be honest the doors on the drivers side being slightly proud of the bodywork is very subtle and you have to look from behind to see this. Im going to take the car to an independant to get a four wheel alignment. Ironically enough Audi did say that even though they cant do the work, if I get it done they would reimburse me for the cost! I did think that was a bit odd, but I assume they would need to be able to demonstrate a problem with the car before effecting a 'repair'.

    The car definately pulls excessively to the left. The loaner 2013 A6 avant was spot-on to drive and tracked true with the steering wheel straight. In addition you can tell when a car pulls to the left due to road camber and how that differs to wheel misalignment being the cause.

    Im intent on going back to audi and have asked to try an identical car for comparison before I decide what I do next...
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    Quote Originally Posted by innercry View Post
    Im intent on going back to audi and have asked to try an identical car for comparison before I decide what I do next...
    Yeah just make sure they don't make adjustments to the car before you take it out, so it acts the same as yours, to fool you into believing its normal, I wouldn't put it beyond some places that's for sure.

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