2004 3.2 TOUAREG. SLOW SPEED TURNS (WALKING-10 MPH), TURNING LEFT OR RIGHT, FRONT WHEELS JUDDER, NOTHING WHEN POINTING STRAIGHT, NOTHING AT NORMAL ROAD SPEEDS. SEEMS WORSE ON LOW GRIP SURFACES LIKE SMOOTH CONCRETE, BLOCK PAVING. SEEMS TO GET BETTER WHEN I TURN OF THE ESPHEARD SOMETHING ABOUT SOME SERVOS THAT ACT LIKE A DIFF AT SLOW SPEED.
Sounds like you have air in your steering system. I would start by looking for any leaks on your steering system like hose to fitting crimps, steering pump, etc. Check your steering fluid level to make sure it is full and also look for bubbles on the dip stick. If everything looks good, start the vehicle and turn the wheels all of the way to the left and then to the right. Do this while the vehicle is in park and repeat at least 5 times. This will work out any air in your steering system. If the problem persists then the power steering pump may need to be replaced.
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the brakes have not been set properly. may be something stopping the pistons going back in. failing that the disc's are bent, can happen when over braking down hills etc. you would need the alinement checking.
You need to find if your problem is coming from front or rear first.Do a test drive where you can drive at slow speed with no traffic an a good road.At 10 to 15 mph, notice if the steering wheel is rocking left then right.If itis your problem is in the front wheels,if it doesn't pick up speed to 15 to 20mph,notice whether your back side is rocking left and right,if it does your probable is in the rear wheels.Next is to see the wheels on a spin balancer to check for steel belt shifting in tire or bent wheels.If none of this helps you didn't mention any sounds,but check the u joints
Hi it needs a hub bearing sounds like the left one
jack up the left side so the left wheel is off the ground and start the vehicle and spin the wheel up to about 30 mph and you should hear the same noise and if not jack up the right side and do the same
hope this helps you
juddering is UK english for shuddering in US english. The center bearing shouldn't move, i/e/ the shaft should rotate w/o side play in the bearing, but the rubber mounts for the bearing should be flexible. The needle bearings in the universal joints in the front to rear drive shaft can go bad, causing noise when accelerating and they're not changeable w/o special tools. Your problem also sounds like differential, which would mean that you need to change the gear oil in the rear differential. As the oil ages it stops working properly in the limited slip differential even if visually OK. Do the front differential at the same time, engine heat ages it even faster. The center diff is in the AT, so you would change the AT filter and fluid.
How to tell which problem you have... in a parking lot with dry pavement, stop the vehicle, turn the wheel hard right, accelerate a moment, and repeat hard left and centered. If its worse turning, than straight suspect the differential fluids first. If its the same turning or not and especially if its the same on wet or dry pavement and at slow and high speed then look into the propeller shaft first.