Vibrating Steering Wheel

John Lagnese jlagnese at
Sun Jul 24 14:10:07 PDT 2011

Master cylinder gets hot, the valve sticks and the brakes drag, making them
very hot. I had rigged up a barrier so the hot air from the radiator and
engine didn't blow on the mc which helped until I got a replacement from
Chris at Force 5.

-----Original Message-----
From: quattro-bounces at [mailto:quattro-bounces at] On
Behalf Of Max Hoepli
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 5:03 PM
To: kneale at; quattro at
Subject: RE: Vibrating Steering Wheel

Calipers are new in the back, in the front my mechanic commented a missing
spring as seen from the outside of the front caliper which has been in this
state for 4 years. Brake fluid is new.

I told the same mechanic of this problem, he had no suggestions.


-----Original Message-----
From: kneale at [mailto:kneale at] 
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 16:44
To: mhoepli at; quattro at
Subject: RE: Vibrating Steering Wheel

Sounds like calipers are not releasing.  Either the pins need
cleaning/lubing or your master cylinder needs replacing.  Next time the
brakes don't let go completely, try squirting cold water on the master
cylinder.  If they release, you need a new one.

Original Message:
From: Max Hoepli mhoepli at
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:56:12 -0400
To: quattro at
Subject: Vibrating Steering Wheel

Hi all,


Steering Wheel started to vibrate at about 2200 RPM in 5th gear on highway,
I lifted the handbrake lever up 3cm and pushed back down 3 times. This
eliminated the vibrating steering wheel. 100km later I stopped the car after
having turned off the 401 East at Cobourg going north on 45, I had to rev
more when I was gearing up. Stopped by a gas station, the rims at the front
were very hot. The car would not roll on level ground in neutral. 30 minutes
letting the car rest, the car could roll again. I drove off normally. 


On the way home steering wheel starts to vibrate as of 2200 RPM in 5th gear.
Lifting up handbrake handle as before had no influence. Steering wheel seems
to vibrate more when slowing from 3000 RPM to 2200 RPM, Seems to be less
vibration accelerating 

The car has new control arms in the front and new constant velocity boot on
the front outer right. Tires and rims balanced 2,000 km ago.

Car stops in a straight line with assist. ABS does not work.




1986 Type 44 Turbo Quattro, 313,000 km


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