Front end diagnosis

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by Vamper1, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. Vamper1

    Vamper1 Member

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    In need of advice again
    So I've went to turn into a driveway in my 88 syncro and hit gutter fairly solidly !
    Now when i go mmmm 30 klms plus the steering feels different and there is like a slight humming sound ( well a sound that never was there before as T3s are usually lovely and quiet )
    Possible slight vibration in steering wheel
    Anyway doesn"t feel or sound normal
    So i rotated wheels - no change
    Cruises along fine but still not as good as before
    So to diagnose and repair would you guys suggest any steering specialist or is there someone in Sydney that can be recommended with a good knowledge of T3 syncros
    thanks
    Craig
     
  2. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Try a steering specialist to give you a wheel alignment. Do not use a tyre service.

    Good luck finding someone. You will need it.
     
  3. peter915

    peter915 Active Member

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    Was it the square kerb you hit?
    Have you had a good look underneath?
     
  4. Vamper1

    Vamper1 Member

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    well it was the gutter i hit , i had a look underneath but nothing stood out !
    Yeh getting the wheel alignment checked is a good idea :)
     
  5. grumble

    grumble Active Member

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    You have possibly damaged the front wheel bearings, a good impact will mark the race and consequntly give a noise/vibration/hum.Get the front end checked for bent parts and possibly replace the wheel bearings and then a good wheel alignment .
     
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  6. peter915

    peter915 Active Member

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    Wheels Bearings - its a syncro - not as simple as a standard 2WD T3


    I'd be checking the obvious first - diagonal tie rods[​IMG]
     
  7. grumble

    grumble Active Member

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    Yes a good inspection of the front end by a good VW mechanic should be done but tie rods don't make a humming noise.
     
  8. Diy89

    Diy89 New Member


    Talking about wheel alignment...can anyone recommend someone in Sydney /Western suburbs.
     
  9. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Tyresmart in Mortlake (Concord) do mine
    9739 6481 - ask for Paul
     
  10. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Tip: Take the wheel alignment specs from The Bentley Manual with you otherwise they will dial up god knows what. I have had good alignments since doing this.
     
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  11. Vamper1

    Vamper1 Member

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    thanks to all
    i went to my local tyres and wheel alignment guy who said the wheel alignment is fine ,and supporting suspension also looks feels normal
    He thinks I've damaged a wheel bearing too
    So this morning i rang and booked in for next tuesday at Wolfsburg motors
    thank you
    Ill let you all know the outcome :)
     
  12. Andy.

    Andy. Active Member

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    Checked the tire balance also? Out of balance can change with changing speed.
    Another one is check torque on the CV bolts. Not likely to be affected by a hit to a gutter, but worth checking while your there.
     
  13. Vamper1

    Vamper1 Member

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    So the van went to Jun at Wolfsburg motors ( great T3 mechanic ) and after checking the left wheel (the one that hit the kerb ) then the right wheel, he diagnosed the noise was from the right wheel front bearing !
    So he replaced that and did a wheel alignment.
    So now the synchro is smooth and quiet !!!
    ???? so go figure that . Coincidence ????? haha
    Im happy though :)
     
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  14. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    and THAT is the only thing that matters ;)
     
  15. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Great result.

    I knew Wolfsburg would sort you out.
     

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