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    I have a problem.......

    Our Vectra (2.0 DTI 2004) has been feeling increasingly unstable on the road. The steering is very light,and twitchy,the car crashes and pitches badly on bumps (rough roads can have you shaking from side to side quite vigorously) and seems to 'wander' a lot,feeling vague in a straight line. Altogether unpleasant and not at all as solid as I would expect a car of its size to feel.
    I have been advised of a slight amount of play in the inner track rods,but it is minimal. The car has been on shaker plates and all sorts to try and find a problem,but all that was turned up was a worn bush in one of the lower arms,which was replaced. At the time I had the 4-wheel alignment done,but all that seemed to do was move the steering wheel away from the 12'o'clock position.
    I've bought new track rods,and the car is going to be set up at my local Audi specialist (who knows his onions),but is there anything else I should look for?
    The front shocks seem fine,they return straight to position with no bouncing,but the rears compress,extend,then settle back to position. Is this a sign of worn shocks? There are no leaks.
    Any help or advice would be great as I'm reaching the end of my rope with it and the car may well soon have to go as I can't keep throwing money at it!

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    Mileage? If its over 40k I'd say shocks.

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    Bottom ball joints and/or track rod ends, always been the cause of wandering in my experience of cars in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrh1 View Post
    Mileage? If its over 40k I'd say shocks.
    Knew I forgot something......
    120k so far,it had one of the rears done at 87k according to the paperwork. No idea why they didn't do the pair......

    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    Bottom ball joints and/or track rod ends, always been the cause of wandering in my experience of cars in the past.
    Bottom ball joints being the ones in the lower arms? Excuse my ignorance,but I'm better with bikes...... The track rod ends are fine,guess I'll see how it feels after the inners are done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pingu View Post
    120k so far,it had one of the rears done at 87k according to the paperwork. No idea why they didn't do the pair......
    I would start there, personally I would dump the replacement and replace both again
    However, prior to this have the ENTIRE suspension and steering checked, ask for a report of any components with play or worn
    If any other components come back, do the same and replace both sides across the car

    Equally, if one shock absorber has been replaced (probably simply for MoT purposes) I would also look at the spring on the opposite side

    On completion compare

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    Bottom ball joints and/or track rod ends, always been the cause of wandering in my experience of cars in the past.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pingu View Post
    Bottom ball joints being the ones in the lower arms? Excuse my ignorance,but I'm better with bikes...... The track rod ends are fine,guess I'll see how it feels after the inners are done.

    Yea, the ones that connect at the underside of the hub assembly. Think youd need to replace the whole lower arm, but with that mileage it may not be a bad thing.

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    They've been checked and one replaced,probably should have done both really. But the problem is so bad it just seems that it should be obvious whats causing it really,it's so unstable.

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    i have same problem,05 2.0 dti,whole car seems twitchy over bumps and generally feels unsafe,this is after pair of rear shocks and short bottom arms,considering sellin before i banjo it

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