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Re: Tilt wheel, Audi style ..

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From: Ssgacc@aol.com <Ssgacc@aol.com>
To: quattro@coimbra.ans.net <quattro@coimbra.ans.net>
Date: Thursday, March 18, 1999 11:33 PM
Subject: Re: Tilt wheel, Audi style ..

>In a message dated 99-03-18 22:30:13 EST, you write:
><< On my '91 200Q, the steering wheel is tilted about 5 degrees off the
> longitudinal axis of the car towards the left. No, my car wasn't in a
> wreck: if you look at the shroud on the steering column, it's pretty
> obvious that it was designed to be asymmetric.
>  >>
>I definitely noticed that as soon as I got into my 89 200tq, but don't see
>in my 85 5kt.  If you really look at the column alignment it is obvious.  I
>had forgotten about it until you mentioned it.  I also noticed that the
>mounting assembly (under the dash) is very different on the 89 (a huge slab
>cast alloy).  Any thoughts on the steering column skew?
>Jim Accordino

    I always assumed it was skewed to get the wheel in front of the driver
and the other end of the column connected to the steering rack... :o)
However, the huge slab of cast alloy bespeaks a safety feature. Perhaps in a
collision, the steering column skews to one side instead of coming straight
back at the driver? This may be Audi's version of the collapsible steering
columns in the Detroit iron of the '70's.
    Just a few idle thoughts - I haven't taken a good look at the mounting
system or the column....

Fred Munro
'91 200q  270 k km