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Car behaving strangely

Dazmo Feb 21, 2012

  1. Dazmo

    Dazmo Active Member

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    Need help guys,

    My a4 is all of a sudden playing up, firstly my steering does not feel right, when I'm going round a round about or bend the car is not gripping and seems to just slide off the bend instead of going around it, tyres are all fine but it's just not gripping, it seems to just want to go in another direction, under steering like a fwd car!!

    Car does not feel in control and easily slides from inside lane into outside lane, even on a minor turn.
    I also have a strange clicking noise coming from the front the car at 40mph plus I'm assuming this may be a problem with the drive shaft but not sure.My first idea is to get my Allignment checked, but I don't see how a slight misalignment could cause such dramatic problems.

    Im worried as the car does not feel safe, the steering feels disjointed/unresponsive any ideas?

    Not good as I have an mot due soon
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  2. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    over inflated ?
    **** tyres
    but if mine was that scary id have it in a garage been checked over
     
  3. Orangio

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    How long you had it?

    Is it an accident repair?
     
  4. Dazmo

    Dazmo Active Member

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    Had it 3 years almost!

    Tyre pressures all normal, tyres are vred ultra sessantas so not **** bezza
     
  5. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    no the vred are very good i always use them
    has ur lass been driveing and smacked a curb ?
     
  6. Dazmo

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    No only I drive it, never hit anything, will get the tracking checked and go from there because it does not feel right
     
  7. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    id put it in for a free tracking check
    and ask the lads to have a good look round see if anything is snapped etc
     
  8. Dazmo

    Dazmo Active Member

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    Free tracking check? Where do they do it for free?
     
  9. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    in sheffield most places
    ok it may end up not been a free check when they tell you its out
    dont take this as a recomendation but down the road from me theres a kwikfit that offer FREE tracking check so they all may be offering it
    not that they know how to do the tracking anyway
     
  10. jaygeezer871

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    Sounds similar to what happened to my old Mondeo, needed a new steering rack?
     
  11. Dazmo

    Dazmo Active Member

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    How much that cost you?
     
  12. jaygeezer871

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    £250 ten years ago I think?
    Just had a quick look & a new rack is about £150 for my Audi.
    There's far less room under the bonnet to work these days, got to be at least two hours labour, I'd be happy with £400 as a shot in the dark?
     
  13. Dazmo

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    I reckon it's my power steering pump on its way out, don't think it's the steering rack
     
  14. Custardsucker

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    As you say its under steering like a fwd car I presume it's a Quattro. Get the transmission checked, it may only be working in 2wd, hopefully not, also check anti roll bars and linkages are all intact.
     
  15. adamss24

    adamss24 Well-Known Member

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    The torsen quattro is 50/50% split between the front and back axles no haldex nonsense there ! I would check the antir roll bar bushes, when the plastic colars break it's new ARB time. Some people replace them with powerflex jobbies- i find them a little expensive. As advised, a worn inner TRE on the steering rack can make the car feel all over the place. How long ago were the tyres fitted ?
     
  16. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    my last one i had reconed by GSF
    150 but was told there was 3 diffrent kinds for mine
    and 2-3 hours labour fluids id say £300 would be about right
     
  17. Dazmo

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    Well it should not be the rear arb as its a brand new RS4 bar with bushes, but will check front.

    I did you some testing today and it only happens when turning right, turning left appears normal, turning right at low speeds seems ok but if your going quicker and turning more shaply it starts to slide
     
  18. Dazmo

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    Tyres fit November and have a good 6-7mm on them all round, booked the car in at vagtech next week for a full 4wd Allignment and I have asked them to check everything from the cv joints and wheel bearings to the driveshaft and bushes
     
  19. Custardsucker

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    Wasn't suggesting there were any Haldex issues, as you say it's Torsen, but could still give problems. Does it drive ok and grip ok when accelerating from a standstill, or do tyres scrabble for grip, which if they do, could suggest a transmission issue.
     
  20. rizzini7

    rizzini7 Active Member VCDS Map User

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    Check youre RARB bushes, fitted an RS4 one to mine. Lowered it the other week and a week later the bushes have shifted
     
  21. Dazmo

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    Ok after more testing, the problem seems to have just stopped!

    Its not doing it anymore, which leads me to believe it could be an intermitant electrical fault or problem with the ESP.
     

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