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I hope someone can help with this one:
87 Audi 90 Quattro (one of the first ones that came to the UK)
89000 Miles (and still going strong)
On full lock especially with the well turned full to the left
I hear a noise comming from the front left wheel when the car
is moving. At the same time the car shudders, especialy
noticable when moving backwards.
Don't know if it is related, but the car feels rather
unstable when moving at speed 60mph +, especicaly if there
are grooves running along the length of the road. The
feeling I get is as if the car is not sitting 'square' on
its 4 weels. Compared to my father's 91 80q, it feels
both considerably unstable and more 'bouncy' on undulations.
Furthermore the handling on corners is not near as good as
my father's, even though we both run the same tyres.
The car was bought 2nd hand, I am the 2nd owner, have never
had an accident, and according to the Authorised Audi Dealer
(Dovercourt of London) the car was never involved in an
accident (although I believe that the front right wing
and door has been resprayed).
The front shocks have been changed with not original, but
approved German made shocks (can't remember name), with
The car had a recent service by a different dealer + annual
inspection, as well as MOT test, yet by a different shop,
and even though I mentioned my problem, they could find
An Audi Dealer I was using 2 years before, suggested that the
instability was due to sidewinds and turbulance created by
traffic in the M-way, magnified by the known instability of
low drag co-efficient of new cars, but my father's almost
identical Audi (save engine output) feels far superior,
especially with undulations on the road.
The thing I am suspecting at the moment are the wheel bearings and
rack and pinion joints, but wouldn't it be reasonable to expect that
the dealer would have found a problem with them during the service,
especially having mentioned the problems?
Thanks for any pointers,
CA-Ingres Technical Support