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    Question Need help - A3 Stiff / heavy steering at low speeds/parking

    I have the 2017 facelift 1.4 COD sedan purchased a few weeks ago.

    To me it feels the steering has gotten heavier since I bought it.

    My understanding is that when the car is moving slowly - in a parking lot, for example - the power steering assistance should be greater and improve maneuverability.

    Is there anything I can do to diagnose this myself? And should my car have this function?

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    Keep in mind that different driving modes have an impact on the steering. Comfort for example will make the steering lighter and easier to turn whereas dynamic and even economy tend to make it heavier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by himmelblau View Post
    Keep in mind that different driving modes have an impact on the steering. Comfort for example will make the steering lighter and easier to turn whereas dynamic and even economy tend to make it heavier.
    Mine doesn't have that option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymousmoose View Post
    Mine doesn't have that option.
    Check tyre pressure?
    Last edited by beanoyip; January 15th, 2021 at 11:38 AM.
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    Check tyre pressures, it could be low. I guess your model has electric steering...
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    Thanks all - I had an indi mechanic look at it - he doesn't think there is a fault. I do know (and he agrees) the tyres are rubbish and need to be replaced (previous owner over-inflated them).

    New tyres booked in for tomorrow Continental MC6

    Audi A3 2017 1.4 COD Sedan
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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymousmoose View Post
    Thanks all - I had an indi mechanic look at it - he doesn't think there is a fault. I do know (and he agrees) the tyres are rubbish and need to be replaced (previous owner over-inflated them).

    New tyres booked in for tomorrow Continental MC6
    I can tell you from experience with multiple cars that the Continentals will make your steering feel nice and light. They're a great tyre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by himmelblau View Post
    I can tell you from experience with multiple cars that the Continentals will make your steering feel nice and light. They're a great tyre.
    Got them and now the car feels a whole lot better, more in line with our family Tiguan, also on continentals but a different model

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    Yeah, my Tiguan is on Continentals as well.

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