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I just registered here to find out if anyone finds the A5 weird to steer? I have mine 3 weeks now and i find if I drive it at anything over about 60mph it is VERY difficult to hold on line. The roads are a little uneven but there is no way it can be designed like this. For example if I drive fairly hard then under braking the car cannot be set up on the right piece of tarmac for a bend as it pulls really strong and feels terrible. It would yank the steering from my hand. Im sure its faulty but just would like confirmation of this.
So anyone else get this?
 

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Not me. I have no steering complaints at all.
 

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Hi
I just registered here to find out if anyone finds the A5 weird to steer? I have mine 3 weeks now and i find if I drive it at anything over about 60mph it is VERY difficult to hold on line. The roads are a little uneven but there is no way it can be designed like this. For example if I drive fairly hard then under braking the car cannot be set up on the right piece of tarmac for a bend as it pulls really strong and feels terrible. It would yank the steering from my hand. Im sure its faulty but just would like confirmation of this.
So anyone else get this?
Which drive select are you on? have you tried dynamic? it should give you better driving experience if you find other option bumpy but if you continue to have problems then i will suggest you go back and check the suspension.
 

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Hi
I just registered here to find out if anyone finds the A5 weird to steer? I have mine 3 weeks now and i find if I drive it at anything over about 60mph it is VERY difficult to hold on line. The roads are a little uneven but there is no way it can be designed like this. For example if I drive fairly hard then under braking the car cannot be set up on the right piece of tarmac for a bend as it pulls really strong and feels terrible. It would yank the steering from my hand. Im sure its faulty but just would like confirmation of this.
So anyone else get this?
Check tire pressures?
 

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Seems to be exactly the same problem that I have. Maybe its an irish thing! Well there has been 4 or 5 on here with problems like this. Which model have you? and what wheel size are you running? I am currently fighting with dealer over mine. Have had an engineers report confirm that there is a knock at the steering wheel also metallic noise (metal on metal) when tapping the front passenger side wheel when jacked up. I also get a whine on occasion in that same wheel. Dealer still refuses to admit there is a problem. I tried a couple of cars at the dealer to check the steering knock and amazingly one had the knock and the other didnt! Also my engineer tried another car and found no metallic noise but did find the steering knock. Strange! My engineer has recommended a steering rack as a precaution due to the problems he found although due to the way he drove, he didnt find the handling problem. It only shows up in mine when you do above 110 km.

Check your steering for knock as follows:

Start car,
turn steering til it sits at about 45% to the right
Now move it at varying speeds left and right by a few degrees
Is there any looseness/knocking to be found?

Check road wheel for metallic noise as follows:

Jack up front passenger side
with wheels roughly straight ahead give the tyre a whack with your hand or shoe as if you wished to turn the wheels right ( i.e. 9 o clock on the tyre) and see do you get a solid rubber bush noise or a metal on metal noise.
Try drivers side to check for difference.
 

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steering knock

Check your steering for knock as follows:

Start car,
turn steering til it sits at about 45% to the right
Now move it at varying speeds left and right by a few degrees
Is there any looseness/knocking to be found?

Check road wheel for metallic noise as follows:

Jack up front passenger side
with wheels roughly straight ahead give the tyre a whack with your hand or shoe as if you wished to turn the wheels right ( i.e. 9 o clock on the tyre) and see do you get a solid rubber bush noise or a metal on metal noise.
Try drivers side to check for difference.
Hi Micdw, I've just noticed that steering knock in the last few weeks, Cant say if it was there or not before this but it's beginning to bother me I have a 08 2.7 TDI multitronic with 120k - kms on the clock. How did you get on with yours ? did you get it fixed ?
 

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Hi
I just registered here to find out if anyone finds the A5 weird to steer? I have mine 3 weeks now and i find if I drive it at anything over about 60mph it is VERY difficult to hold on line. The roads are a little uneven but there is no way it can be designed like this. For example if I drive fairly hard then under braking the car cannot be set up on the right piece of tarmac for a bend as it pulls really strong and feels terrible. It would yank the steering from my hand. Im sure its faulty but just would like confirmation of this.
So anyone else get this?
I had the very same issue with my previous A5 ever since it was brand new - though this was not reported as being a problem. The assisted steering was close to dangerous sometimes, with me having to fight with the steering wheel to keep it straight when driving on any road imperfection. I eventually got used to it but I didn't always enjoy the acceleration with a manual gearbox trying to keep the car straight with one hand whilst changing gear...

My new A5 has no issue at all :) It's very smooth!
 

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Hi Micdw, I've just noticed that steering knock in the last few weeks, Cant say if it was there or not before this but it's beginning to bother me I have a 08 2.7 TDI multitronic with 120k - kms on the clock. How did you get on with yours ? did you get it fixed ?
No fix. Engineer came from Audi Ireland after I refused to drive the car and after I'd had an engineer report some areas that needed investigation. Audi engineer found metal on metal noise in rack when front passenger wheel was off the ground. He was quite surprised at this as it was Mr who pointed this out to him. He ordered another new a5 in off the forecourt for examination. That was found to be the same so he immediately called it a 'characteristic' and basically washed his hands of it. I honestly don't know if the knock that can be heard in steering is related to this or even its its an issue. I'm driving the car 4 years now and it ha sent gotten any worse.
 

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No fix. Engineer came from Audi Ireland after I refused to drive the car and after I'd had an engineer report some areas that needed investigation. Audi engineer found metal on metal noise in rack when front passenger wheel was off the ground. He was quite surprised at this as it was Mr who pointed this out to him. He ordered another new a5 in off the forecourt for examination. That was found to be the same so he immediately called it a 'characteristic' and basically washed his hands of it. I honestly don't know if the knock that can be heard in steering is related to this or even its its an issue. I'm driving the car 4 years now and it ha sent gotten any worse.
could it be a worn bushing in the lower control arms? Ive used to have a knocking sound when i did sharp turns and audi replaced the control arm bushings.. twice actually as the first replacement had some play in it.
 

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One thing I recommend to every new car buyer is to take the car from the dealership straight to a reputable suspension specialist (not your local tyre joint). Get them to check and adjust the front AND rear alignment.. You will be surprised how poorly it is set from the factory.. Among other adjustments on our new A5 was the +5mm (left) and +0.6mm (right) rear toe and the -.7mm (left) and +3.8mm (right) front toe.. The only cars I have ever owned that did not require adjustment were a Mazda 6 and a Mazda RX-8..

It would not surprise me if these alignment differences were a contributor to accelerated suspension bush wear as well as tyre wear..
 

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Are tires properly balanced? It doesn't take much and it becomes quite noticeable at higher speeds. I notice it a lot on my vehicles in the winter after a snow. All you need is a little ice on the front rims to put your tires out of balance and cause issues at higher speeds.
 

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Hi
I just registered here to find out if anyone finds the A5 weird to steer? I have mine 3 weeks now and i find if I drive it at anything over about 60mph it is VERY difficult to hold on line. The roads are a little uneven but there is no way it can be designed like this. For example if I drive fairly hard then under braking the car cannot be set up on the right piece of tarmac for a bend as it pulls really strong and feels terrible. It would yank the steering from my hand. Im sure its faulty but just would like confirmation of this.
So anyone else get this?
I did find mine hard to get on with, but after a month I am getting used to it. One thing that has improved my handling is tyre pressure. I am now running 35 psi all round which is the pressures for a full load even though I'm not driving with that.
 
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