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A4 Cabriolet - Tracking / Alignment

Discussion in 'A4/A4 cabriolet/S4 forum(B6 chassis)' started by markae, Aug 31, 2007.

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    markae New Member

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    [Aug 31, 2007]
    I bought an A4 Cabriolet a short while ago and I noticed immediately that the steering wheel is off centre. I don't get any steering wheel vibration but I have noticed a slight vibration through the seat at higher speeds.

    I also notice that when accelerating the car doesn't feel as stable as I would expect from an Audi. When I turn a bend, and accelerate out of it, it is likely to pull to one side.

    I had the wheels balanced and it made no difference. I took it to Kwik Fit and they did the alignment but it made no difference. Another Kwik Fit told me I should have taken it to a specialist Kwik Fit where they have the laser equipment to check heal and toe.

    Am I imagining things or it simply because I am used to driving a non-convertible Audi which will ultimately handle better? I rarely see any complaints about handling in the A4 Cabriolet however.

    Mark
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    the vibration through the seats is rear wheel balancing it took me 4 times to balance my wheels ! and thats 4 different companies dont know why the first 3 couldnt do a proper job but they are ok now so i aint bothered as for your car pulling since being to quick fit is the steering wheel now straight ? i think you can have all 4 wheels aligned on these cars someone correct me if i am wrong
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    Nickynibbles Damn it where's 7th gear when you need it?!

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    Dont bother with Kwik Fit, too commercial and staffed by too many children & not enough experienced people. Find yourself a big local independant tyre fitter, one that has queues down the road on a saturday morning & loads of flashy kit! Basically you need some super-accurate measuring machine to test all the alignments & re-check the balancing. Yes the convertible will be a little washy incomparison to the hard top variants when you push them hard but nothing like what your describing.
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    Markae, do you find your steering quite light? By that I mean, as you drive on 2nd class roads or slightly bumpy roads, do you feel you really need to hold on with both hands? Also, what size are your wheels and are they aftermarket?
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    [Aug 31, 2007]
    Thanks everyone for your comments.

    Yes - it does feel like I have to hold on with both hands sometimes. My wheels are standard Audi 17" wheels.

    I take the point on Kwik Fit. I think I'll go elsewhere.

    Mark
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    Yeah, Mine is the same but i thought it was due to fitting aftermarket 18" RS6 rims, although it doesnt really pull to one side. I am going to take mine to my mechanic to see if he can do somoething to tighten the steering mechanism, and if no joy there, the county tyre centre and see if they can do something with it. I'll let you know cause i plan to do this within the next week.
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    Thanks Doogleman - I'll be interested to hear about the outcome.

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