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    Default Steering inspection

    Booked my car into my "local" VX dealership for them to inspect the steering and suspension (I didn't tell them what was wrong)

    Initially they tried to "upsell me a service", not interested (not required for another 3 months / 10K miles), as they thought it might be cheaper...

    The inspection took 20 minutes of ramp time
    They confirmed what was reported in the MoT (which they never saw at any point)
    There was play in both front steering arms, but not bad enough they need replacing
    The nearside had a very small amount, the offside was worse but still not bad enough to be classed as "worn"
    However, they had taken it on a roadtest and agreed the steering seemed to be rather imprecise
    They also reported the Traction Control appeared not to be working corrertly
    On return they rechecked the front suspension, but it was found to be acceptable with no play
    Total charge up to this point was half an hours labour

    I then instructed them to replace both "worn" parts, both sides
    On completion they did another roadtest, and also confirmed the Traction Control was now working correctly (which had them a little baffled)
    The dealership agreed, this may be what people are reporting, as they wouldn't normally replace these parts for such little play, however putting this with the traction control not working is quite often reported

    The steering is vastly more precise and the difference with the Traction Control is very noticeable, no more slight wheel spin
    Last edited by m8internet; 4th June 2010 at 18:34.

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    excellent mate good to hear you got it sorted

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    Do you have the part number of the items they replaced, for our future reference? Ta.

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    Steering Arm :
    2005MY
    V0093191672
    £23.00 each

    Normally 1.0 hours labour each excluding wheel alignment
    Hence having both done works out slightly cheaper and ensures integrity

    They charged me :
    inspection 0.5 hours
    supply and fit two steering arms 1.5 hours
    Wheel alignment check 0.25 hours (this dealership normally charges a fixed price of £25.00) but couldn't get their system to discount that for me, so they converted it into 0.25 hours
    Last edited by m8internet; 4th June 2010 at 19:10.

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