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'90 CQ steering help needed
In message <c=US%a=_%p=CHARTER%l=FREEDOM-961027013939Zemail@example.com> "Duff, Ian" writes:
> My 1990 Coupe quattro is slowly developing a strange and unsettling
> steering tendency: it has quite a bit of free play in the steering, like
> maybe 3/4"-1" either side of dead ahead before the car turns, along with
> what I have heard called "tramlining", where the car feels like it has
> crossed a tram line, on the slightest camber change in the road. It also
> clunks sometimes when I'm turning sharply at low speeds, like pulling
> out of a parallel parking spot.
> Any other ideas?
On my ur-quattro, these would be separate issues. The wandering about is often
caused by bad _rear_ wheel alignment - the tie rods at the back are rigidly
anchored to the body at one end and a severe jolt will put the suspension out
of alignment. The sam jolt to a front wheel will dissipate through the
The symptoms of bad rear alignment are most easily felt on a road with a steep
camber - moving gently to the crown of the road and back to the centre of the
lane produces wierd movements that you don't feel entirely in control of.
The clunk could be _anything_. Check my fore/aft trick with gentle braking to
see if it's a carrier bolt.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club