1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Dismiss Notice

Pulling left because of power steering?

Tomrun Jun 29, 2017

  1. Tomrun

    Tomrun Registered User

    154
    7
    18
    After having 4 wheel alignment done a few times, trying different things.
    After fitting now ball joints, track rod ends, track rods, whiteline anti lift kit, wishbone bushes, drop links.
    Had top mounts and bearings done not too long ago.

    Everything is pretty much new and it still wants to pull left!

    if I hold the steering wheel straight it drives straight but if I let it go the steering wheel drops to the left and steers the car towards the curb.

    it's not the camber because it happened even if the road cambers to the right.

    if I sit at lights with the engine running and take my hand of the steering wheel it will drop to the left.

    I have done some more research and read that it could be a faulty power steering control valve leaking or biasely pumping fluid to the left.

    Anyone experienced anything like this?
     
  2. Avatar

    snack-media
    Advertisement


  3. mechanic69

    mechanic69 Registered User Gold Supporter VCDS Map User

    2,062
    782
    113
    I'm assuming that your tyre pressures and tyre wear are equal as I had that recently.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
  4. Tomrun

    Tomrun Registered User

    154
    7
    18
    yep just check pressures today and all were fine.

    Tyres are the same, put on the same time and have the same wear
     
  5. NHN

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

    31,779
    2,335
    113
    I have seen the exact same issue on another's car, they haven't found the issue yet, but only thing left in the chain is the rack.

    Been aligned 4-5 times then it goes out by itself, bizarre.
     
  6. Marek196c

    Marek196c Gilera Runner / A3 Sportback

    824
    111
    43
    if you got some problems with rack, more than pulling to left or right you will get the play on it (like will be a lot easier to move for few first degrees the steering wheel). Maybe someone put few dents wrong the SW and actually it's a bit to left meanwhile you thinking it's straight?
     
  7. Tomrun

    Tomrun Registered User

    154
    7
    18
    if it is a rack problem what rack would I be looking to replace it with?

    is there anyways I can just replace the power steering valve on its own?

    any tests I can do before I spend loads more money?
     
  8. Marek196c

    Marek196c Gilera Runner / A3 Sportback

    824
    111
    43
    on bench or take it to mechanic who's should know how to check it (with 10-20 quids normally would do it).
     
  9. Tomrun

    Tomrun Registered User

    154
    7
    18
    Sorry what do you mean by on bench?
     
  10. DJ_26

    DJ_26 Registered User

    491
    192
    43
    He is saying that you should remove the rack and put it on the workbench at a power steering specialist. You will have to approach an actual power steering specialist rather than your local garage. These guys can put it on their bench and test the electrical and mechanical components of the rack and see what's wrong.

    EDIT: where are you based? Someone can hopefully recommend you a power steering specialist. I've looked myself near me and found two.
     
  11. Tomrun

    Tomrun Registered User

    154
    7
    18
    I live in North London or chelmsford ways.

    might be a silly question but is the power steering electric or hydraulic? don't know alot about it tbh
     
  12. Avatar

    snack-media
    Advertisement


  13. DJ_26

    DJ_26 Registered User

    491
    192
    43
  14. Tomrun

    Tomrun Registered User

    154
    7
    18
    Cheers mate I will give them a call and see what they say.
     
  15. DJ_26

    DJ_26 Registered User

    491
    192
    43
    That's ok mate, please do update this thread whatever happens and if you do go with one of the two companies I mentioned. If you do end up getting a new rack, do find out if they are fitting a new gen 3 rack (This will require an adaptor wiring loom from the dealers).
     
  16. Tomrun

    Tomrun Registered User

    154
    7
    18
    what she the differences between a general 1 , 2 and 3?

    and what one would I have in my 2009 58 s3?

    why did the change them? was it because of these problems?
     
  17. Marek196c

    Marek196c Gilera Runner / A3 Sportback

    824
    111
    43
    normally audi revisiting the components to get them better. Famous Head Cylinder on BKDs in fact there are A (****), B (better but depend what you find) C and D. with sw racks are the same. BTW yeah by mechanic I meant the specialist (also if few general mechanics got right tools to do it).
     
  18. audismart

    audismart YOU ARE JUDGED BY THE CAR YOU DRIVE.

    1,425
    324
    83
    Alignment needs resetting at the ecu.

    Start the car, take it to a flat piece of road.
    Stop.
    Turn steering wheel full left and then full right and back to the middle.
    Drive forward 10 meters.
    Stop.
    Repeat if necessary.
     
  19. DJ_26

    DJ_26 Registered User

    491
    192
    43
    Gen 3 is the most reliable unit an least fragile I suppose. Have a word with @Keram and he can tell you what unit you have in your car. He knows his stuff when it comes to steering racks. Yeah VAG probably made these revisions as they must have had quite a few rack failures/discovered potential problems.
     
  20. Michael O'Connor

    Michael O'Connor Guest

    0
    0
    0
    Is this possible on a 2006 A3 8p? Mine is pulling to the left after a 4 wheel alignment on saturday afternoon. I had new tyres and alloys fitted sat morning but it was definitely not pulling on the way TO the alignment place, or on the way back, but only noticed it this morning on the way to work :(
     
  21. audismart

    audismart YOU ARE JUDGED BY THE CAR YOU DRIVE.

    1,425
    324
    83
    Take it back to them and realine again, free of charge. they are obligated to get it right as they have made the car un-road worthy.
     
  22. Michael O'Connor

    Michael O'Connor Guest

    0
    0
    0
    That's just what I did mate. Thanks for the heads up on where I stand on it though legally. Luckily the guy is a nice bloke and didn't mind me dropping it off for the day and picking it up later. It's sorted now!
     
    audismart likes this.

Share This Page

Do Not Sell My Personal Information