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removing and replacing steering wheel pitfalls

Discussion in 'A6/S6/Allroad forum (C5 Chassis)' started by mrnice, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. mrnice
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    Car: 2001 a6 1.9tdi se avant

    Hi folks,
    I've recently replaced both track rod ends and had tracking done. For the drivers side tre I gave it to a mechanic having run out of time to persuade the damn pinch bolt to move. I got the car back with the front wheels pointing in very different directions (alarm bells...), and traction control obviously having fits. I took it elsewhere to get 4 wheel tracking done but the mechanic doing the tracking said he could get all the wheels pointing the same way but couldn't get the steering wheel straight. It is sitting a few degrees to the left with the wheels sitting straight.
    For a while after this the traction control would turn itself off randomly and i got a fault code-

    1 Fault Found:
    00778 - Steering Angle Sensor (G85)
    27 - 10 - Implausible Signal - Intermittent

    Then, after I replaced the front discs and pads (one pad of which was actually worn down to the sensor wire), the traction control problem disappeared.

    My question is-
    The steering wheel being off centre is irritating me. Can I remove it and adjust it by a few degrees without having to mess with the steering angle sensor in vcds? (I only have vcds lite and old vag-com (both unregistered) to work with).

    I've been searching the interweb for a while for answers but not come up with anything definitive yet.

    Any thoughts most appreciated!
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  2. gen.heinz guderian
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    you can set the steering wheel straight yourself no problem,if you just want the wheel straight.
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    Similar post only a few days ago, can't understand why wheel alignment specialists can't get wheel straight.

    All they've got to do is lock the wheel straight ahead then wind the TRE's in or out to set the toe???

    simples
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    thats what I would've thought, and thanks Heinz, I'll just whip it off, stick it back on and hope for the best
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    you can't set the wheel straight by taking it of and hoping the next spline will line up it's got to be done by TRE adjusment, i'd take it to a alignment specailist who knows what they're doing
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    i just set my wheel slightly o.ff ,so the spoke is lower towards the window, Makes it more comfortable when using door armrest
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    Seeing as it used to be straight and the sensor was set when it was straight. You should be fine just aligning it.
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    thanks, this is more or less what I thought, though I haven't had the wheel off yet, only the airbag (to find I didn't have the right torx socket), I'll give it a to and report back..
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    sure you can.
    done it mine without issue.

    they garage set the tracking and it was off by a miniscule amount which annoyed me.
    if it is anything like mine it has 20 odd spline so one spline is still a goodly amount of angle but depending on how much you are out you could be lucky
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    Ok, so my original post prob didn't explain the question too well,
    I'd not had the steering wheel off before and from some random
    threads I'd mistakenly gathered that as you take the wheel off the
    Contact ring thing that the steering angle sensor is attached to would pop out
    and cause some sort of computery wizard farts.
    ...And that I might need to set steering angle to zero in vcds (or some such
    hassle).
    i wasn't at all worried about moving the wheel round a few splines.
    Anyhow, finally got a few spare minutes to do it- moved it a few splines counterclockwise and
    now it sits fine and is no longer annoying me :)
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012
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    just to add.... if the wheel hasn't been taken off, don't take it off to make adjustments
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