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WriterJWA
11-23-2009, 06:24 AM
My steering wheel, while driving, seems to have a little play in it. When driving down the interstate going relatively straight, I notice a little bit of left and right play when turning the wheel. Right in the center I feel like I'm having to get over small bump when moving the steering wheel from left to right and vice versa. What could cause this? Bad tie rod ends? Bushings?

Car specifics:
'01 Audi A4 1.8TQ Tip w/77k

danphines
11-23-2009, 06:36 AM
tie rod ends

terraflata
11-23-2009, 06:53 AM
+1 for tie rod ends. You should notice some pull when you gas it too.

WriterJWA
11-23-2009, 07:09 AM
Would it be both the inner and outer ends, or just the outer? And what on the tie rod end would be going bad to cause it (for my own knowledge)?

ECS Tuning-Audi
11-23-2009, 10:30 AM
It is likely and outer tie rod end. The aren't terrible to replay DIY either. They go bad because the anchor, threaded bolt, and rubber adhesive surface wear out. They are easy to replace and do not cost very much. The link below is the price for TWO ends, one for both side.
You can see the specifics here:
http://www.ecstuning.com/product_library/2197/300/Heavy%20Duty%20Tie%20Rod%20End%20Set%2C%20Left%20% 26%20Right%20Ends%20(Pair).jpg (http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-B5_A4-Quattro-1.8T/Steering/Tie_Rod/ES2815/?salesrep=CArmbruster&utm_source=audizine&utm_medium=forum&utm_content=CArmbruster&utm_campaign=postreply)

ECS Tuning-Audi
11-23-2009, 10:31 AM
^^ I also recommend the HD ends instead of the stock replacement ends.

D's Avant
11-23-2009, 10:40 AM
I recommend you go with the S4 tie rod ends. Better steering feel IMO (and heavy duty) and I would consider replacing the inner tie rod as well. They are sure to be bad or close to it as well. If nothing is siezed, it should take you 30 minutes working slow and carefully. You will need a larger adjustable wrench for the inner tie rod nut.

toy_vw
11-23-2009, 06:41 PM
you my also have to adjust the steerinig backlash...theres a procedure for it...if your interested

WriterJWA
11-23-2009, 07:09 PM
you my also have to adjust the steerinig backlash...theres a procedure for it...if your interested
Steering backlash? I'm not familiar with it... what is it?