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Pulls to the left badly!

deano16v Jun 2, 2005

  1. deano16v

    deano16v Member


    my car has now developed a real bad case of pulling to the left. I've just had the rear lower control arms changed which have fixed the wandering problems i was having but have now highlighted this. Nothing else was touched when these were changed and the tracking is fine /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    Any ideas?

  2. jdp1962

    jdp1962 Grumpy Old Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V6 TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Team Tornado quattro Black Edition Audi S4 s tronic

    Never overlook the obvious. You have checked the tyre pressures, haven't you?
  3. deano16v

    deano16v Member

    yeah, they're all spot on. if i jack the car up and have a look everything looks ok and i have no play anywhere
  4. Again, an obvious one, but... wheel balance?

    Did you previously have anything changed to correct the wandering problem BEFORE getting the rear control arms done?

  5. CJ A4

    CJ A4 Active Member

    Maybe the bushes have worn badly on one side /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/noidea.gif
  6. auroan

    auroan Active Member

    Sounds like the steering rack/power steering motor.

    It could that there's a fault which means the power steering motor is over compensating in one direction.

    On a clear straight road, get some speed up, knock it out of gear and turn the engine off. Coast to a halt and see if if still pulls to the left. If it doesn't then it's the power steering motor. If it does then it's something else.
  7. deano16v

    deano16v Member

    cheers lads, i'll give that a go. Hope it isnt the steering etc. how expensive a fix is that?
  8. recomdos

    recomdos Member

    [ QUOTE ]

    Also DON'T take the key out of the ignition as the steering lock will come on - not helpful /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif


    [/ QUOTE ]

    SECOND that!!! be VERY careful if you choose to do that.
  9. deano16v

    deano16v Member

    lol- I'm not that stupid. I did it today anyway and it still pulls to the left with the engine off so i assume i can rule out the above! I'm stumped. might just change the bits i havent already changed and see if that sorts it.
  10. Deano,

    Sounds really annoying mate...

    If it pulls that badly then there must be something fairly obvious wrong with it that will more than likely show itself on close inspection...

    Get under the car and carefully compare both sides with each other, all components, bushes, linkages, bolts, wheels from all angles... everything!

    There HAS to be something wrong that's visible if it's pulling that badly...

    Just a small thought... I once had a similar problem on an old car that first manifested itself as vibration. I found it completely by accident as I was looking at the front bumper.

    One of the tyres had a bulge on the inside wall.

    Just a thought, hope you get it sorted soon mate...


  11. GregC

    GregC Member

    If it disappears when you brake it could well be a brake binding - braking would push the `other` brake pads against the disk so evening out the problem, only when you took your foot off the brakes would just the faulty pad remain in contact pulling the car to that side. It would basically be a pad sticking on when you released pressure from the pedal.

    Good luck with the investigations.

  12. mebrown001

    mebrown001 Member

    hi mate, have just bought an A3 and am havin exactly the same problems as u... the only thing i've noticed is the front left wing has been taken off and had a tiny respray in the corner where it joins the front bumper.... HPI is clear so ummm :-/ Did u find that u had to turn the steering wheel slightly to the right to compensate for the pull to the left? i had the tracking done and they sed it was out but it's not made any difference. its booked into audi for a special tracking thing they do begining with a B...... (can't spell or pronounce it) it's going to cost me £117.50 so lets hope they fix it or at least find the source of the problem...

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