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Notchy steering

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by Nardies, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Nardies
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    I'd like to get some experience from other owners before I go and moan at Audi.

    I've noticed, particularly on motorway runs that the electric steering on my A3 is very notchy, and by that I mean if the wheel is dead centre and I need to make a small correction it's not a smooth action when I turn the wheel, but there's a lot of force trying to pull it back to centre.

    Travelling up the M1 the other day at a normal speed (in efficiency mode) I was struggling to get the car to follow the bend of the road, as a small correction seemed to make the car lurch in that direction, whereas you'd expect small corrections to be smooth.

    Coming from a Scirocco which presumably had the same set up and never had this issue, I can only assume something isn't right?!

    Has anyone else experienced this?
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    Is you car fitted with the lane assist feature, as I believe that tries to keep you in the lane by using the sterring to pull you back in ?
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    I have the same problem. But we are not alone, mate.
    It's a problem for the hole range of models with elektro mechanical steering. I've spoken with the dealer but they don't know what to do about it. On some german A3 8v forums they also talk about it. Some have gotten new steering system fitted, and it help. But for some it returns in a couple of days.
    I'm in for a checkup next week. It's the first reportet A3 8v with this problem i denmark, so the HQ wants to se if it's just like the other models.
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    No lane assist that I'm aware of.

    At least I know I'm not going crazy. On the whole, the steering works well (though a slight lack of feel) but the dodgy motorway steering is unacceptable
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    Have you tried different settings on the "drive select" button ?
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    I can't feel any differens.
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    I have, happens across the board. It isn't noticeable all the time, mainly on motorways or also when the car is cold.
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    Worth a shot! Touch wood I don't get this problem which is why I though it might be down to settings! but I did on a courtesy i had last month from the dealer, which was an A5 so do know the issue your talking about !

    Mark.
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    Think mine may well be developing this little issue. Noticed it for the first time yesterday whilst on the motorway. Its very subtle but you can feel it, as if your steering past a notch for a fraction of a second. Tried it in two different drive select settings and its seems to make no difference. Only noticeable when sat on the motorway. Whether its coincidence too after about 20min of driving the "rest recommendation" warning is being triggered. Not sure what this warning takes its inputs from but i'm assuming steering patterns are monitored.
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