2009 Audi A4 Avant: Power Steering Problem?
April 21, 2009
While I normally enjoy the steering feedback provided by modern Audi models, there's something wrong with our long-term A4 Avant's steering system.
At first I thought the subtle vibration in the steering wheel was just another case of front-wheel balance upset by a thrown wheel weight. But then I realized the inconsistent tugging is even more pronounced when stationary, particularly when cranking the wheel left or right during parking-lot maneuvers. It reminds me of the old cars I've driven with a loose power steering belt and/or a dying power steering pump.
And it seems to be getting worse (though it could be I'm just more focused on it after spending several days with the car). Regardless, we'll be getting it checked out soon.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 11,279 miles