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Hi , I know nothing about cars other than were the petrol goes and oil, My question is this, the car ( Audi TT 225 52 plate) seems to be really struggling to turn when revering into space or turning sharpely at low speed 3-5mph. seems to shudder and wheel screech
Also lately when i hit a bump it makes a bang / tap sound so I dont know if this is linked, would get fixed at a garage but soooooooooooooo skint cant
Helppppppppppppppppppppp please.
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A bit more info would be good

But sounds like drop links or top mount bearing worn out
and serpentine belt slipping reducing power steering pump efficiency

If you want to save money you got the wrong car :?

Audi tts eat money there's no escaping that :?
 

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Hi Stuart, check or get some one else to check power steering fluid level, sounds as if you have a leak & lost the fluid.
It's under cover next to coolant reservoir.
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Hi stuart, Even with a job, many who buy S/H TTs have no money. :( [smiley=bigcry.gif]
Get the fluid level checked, may be just a leak that can be nipped up.
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If your meaning your feels are juddering and feels like your brakes are tightening up could be your rear diff. Check for your Haldex service intervals as might need a service.
 

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i had the same problem when i bought mine, was really REALLY heavy going 10mph and slower. full lock it into a parking bay and its like the steering wheel will just stay there forever unless you physically pull it back round hard.

steering fluid - audi dealership (you'll get a MASSIVE bottle and use a tiny bit, i have loads spare if your near?) £8 or something.

then i had a re alignment (was well out), wheel balance and its all good now.... the wheels feel like they want to be straight 8)
 

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pats3poa said:
jai55 said:
If your meaning your feels are juddering and feels like your brakes are tightening up could be your rear diff. Check for your Haldex service intervals as might need a service.
Was going to say, I bet it's as above

Pat
I would say its this too if the power steering fluid levels are fine. I thought my power steering pump was knackered or i had a split in one of the pipes. On further investigation at awesome, i found out i did have a leak, but i had both the pipe casuing issues and the pump replaced yet it still feels like i have no power steering in the car.

They told me also that my haldex controller had some issues but i never thought they were related, but if they are, then it explains my problem now and possibly yours.
 

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Just to clarify - if there is a power steering issue then it will be difficult to turn the steering wheel (worse when the car is stationary) but if you have a seized Halidex clutch then it will be difficult to turn the car, not the steering wheel.

What happens is; on a tight turn as the car moves, the front wheels need to travel faster than the rear wheels because the car is pivoting around a centre of rotation which is nearer the rear wheels than the front - so the front wheels need to travel further. This requires the Haldex clutch to slip. If it is seized, then as this happens the whole drive train effectively becomes locked until either the engine stalls against the strain or one of the rear wheels skids as it is forced to slip on the road surface. Usually this happens in a series of skips.
 

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On inspection of my steering fluid all seems fine , and as John H stated the steering would be heavy, mines fine , just when stationery my problems are, reversing into spaces, sharp turn when pulling away to get out of car parking space , I can hear the tyres screeching / slipping . If it is this Haldex clutch how easy / cheap is it to get sorted ?

Thank you sooooooooooooo much for all the kind responses , much appreciated !!

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poppet69 said:
On inspection of my steering fluid all seems fine , and as John H stated the steering would be heavy, mines fine , just when stationery my problems are, reversing into spaces, sharp turn when pulling away to get out of car parking space , I can hear the tyres screeching / slipping . If it is this Haldex clutch how easy / cheap is it to get sorted ?

Thank you sooooooooooooo much for all the kind responses , much appreciated !!

Stuart
I would start with a haldex service (filter & oil) & take it from there.
Most of the time a service will help.

I really hope a service will sort it as anything more is going to cost!!

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John-H said:
Just to clarify - if there is a power steering issue then it will be difficult to turn the steering wheel (worse when the car is stationary) but if you have a seized Halidex clutch then it will be difficult to turn the car, not the steering wheel.

What happens is; on a tight turn as the car moves, the front wheels need to travel faster than the rear wheels because the car is pivoting around a centre of rotation which is nearer the rear wheels than the front - so the front wheels need to travel further. This requires the Haldex clutch to slip. If it is seized, then as this happens the whole drive train effectively becomes locked until either the engine stalls against the strain or one of the rear wheels skids as it is forced to slip on the road surface. Usually this happens in a series of skips.
Damn this sounds like mine :( I thought it might be normal for a quattro to struggle in full lock!
 

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Can't post up the info on how the haldex system works as I'm on my phone but rear wheels shouldn't drag/lock up etc at low speeds, forwards or backwards.

4 wheel drive should only work when traction/wheel spin is detected via ABS/ESP sensors.
Also 4 wheel drive is disabled once the brake & or hand brake is applied (Unless you have the blue haldex controller fitted)

A few people have been lucky in the past with problem you say you both have has gone once a service has been done.

It's the first thing I'd try as it doesn't cost much.

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poppet69 said:
Is it a Haldex service a local garage could carry out or it more in depth ...ie Audi garage ??
Any garage should be able to carry out a haldex service.
But I would take it to a specialist if were you to be on the safe side, as some mite say its been done & they haven't done it.

Pat
 
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