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Need VW expert to find a problem with an 06 jetta tdi with

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Need VW expert to find a problem with an 06 jetta tdi with some sort of electo-mechanical power steering issue.
JA: When was the fluid last checked? Have you heard any whining noises while turning the wheel?
Customer: No fluid. Electo-mechanical.
JA: Are you fixing your Jetta yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes, fixing myself. Just paid to have the dual mass flywheel replaced. When I got my car back, I had a new steering problem.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Yes; no codes, no lights. Steering is fine until higher speeds. The higher the speed, the stiffer the steering.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 9 months ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose), my normal schedule online is around lunch and after dinner past midnight.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I am ready
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I work a terrible schedule also. What other information do you need? The VIN# ***** *****
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 9 months ago.

At low speeds and in parking lots the steering assist is normal?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I don't see any problems in parking lots and low speeds. After about 50 mph or so, it seem to get stiffer the faster the speed. I am usually always driving in a straight line at those speeds.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 9 months ago.

Have you noticed the front tires wearing poorly?

Do you get a vibration or tire noise at highway speeds?

Give me a guesstimate on the assist received at 55 + mph, it used to be 100%, what is it at now?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Tires wearing pretty good. No alignment issues that I am aware of. Doesn't pull to one side. Tires recently balanced, very little tire noise. I would say that at 60 mph and above there is no assist at all. I tend to drive with both hands on the steering wheel so that I can steer. Because it is stiff, it tends to be easy to over steer when the steering wheel is forced to move.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 9 months ago.

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It will take a few days. Had to order Vag Com software and hardware to follow your instructions.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 8 months ago.


Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 8 months ago.

Hello again Chris here,

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Thanks Chris

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I never said that I was not pleased with your help. What I said is that I had to purchase some software and hardware (which has not arrived yet) in which to follow the steps you recommended. I will get back to you to see if this in fact solved my problem. Thanks.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 8 months ago.

Thanks for the update. This post times out tomorrow if you were not aware.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What exactly happens if the post times out? Do we need to keep some sort of minimal exchange going to keep it from timing out?
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 8 months ago.

When the post times out. After I have helped 100 customers your post roles off of my list and I can no longer see it unless you and I reply every single day.

Rating prevents a post from timing out.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I will keep you posted.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 8 months ago.

Best of luck.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thanks. UPS could deliver today.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 8 months ago.


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Got my Vag Com hardware. Followed your instruction sheet. 9. Group 60: the first display field shows "adjustment", not "okay". The 2nd display field shows "okay". 10. group 7 1st display shows "Not Oper". Okay so where do I go from here?
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 8 months ago.

Can you recalibrate the steering limit stop?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I don't know how to answer that question. Here is what I do know:. If I go through steps 13 through 18, I have power steering again at low speeds which is what I had all along. Never had a problem with a steering assist warning lamp.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 8 months ago.

With the engine running, center the steering wheel and hold it for 5 seconds. Turn the steering wheel completely to the left and hold it there for a second. Turn the steering wheel completely to the right and hold it there for a second. Center the steering wheel. Switch the engine and ignition OFF. Switch the ignition ON and wait 5 seconds. Let me know those results.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Those are the exact instructions I was referring to 13 through 18 in my last post. Please see last post.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 8 months ago.

I am out of ideas at this point. I will opt out and let another try to help. Please do not rate nor reply or the post will be locked to me. Best of Luck.

Expert:  Wolfgang replied 8 months ago.

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On your issue there is a very highly chance that the steering curve program has changed . The module thinks its a GTI than a bast jetta tdi. Since you hae stated that there is no codes , and performed the basic settings and still the same the vehicle needs to go to the VW dealer and a download of the steering chariteristics program to the steering gear. The factory scan tool at the dealer can only do that !!!

The cause why .... usually an electrical spike. to replace the flywheel the cradle with the steering gear is moved or dropped to make removing the transission much easier for access. so either at dissasembly or reassembly (power up) usually casues this issue!!

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I will take the car to the dealer as you suggested. I will then advise you as to the results.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 8 months ago.

ok please keep me in the loop!!

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I will. It may take me a few days to get this auto in and out of the dealership, so hold on.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 8 months ago.

kinda figured it

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
The Dealer looked at the car and said that it had no electrical problems. I found this surprising given the earlier reported data fields. See attached pictures submitted as a result of earlier testing with my new Vag Com hardware/ software. The dealer surmises that mechanical damage has occurred to the rack, although none is visible to the eye.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 8 months ago.

so did they even try to load the map charateristic of the steering gear with the scan tool?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
If I remember what the guy said, he said that all of the adaptations were correct, that he attempted to re-flash the system (or something like that) but the equipment indicated all parameters were correct and nothing needed to be done. I am paraphrasing a bit here, but he definitely communicated to me that he investigated my electrical power steering concerns with VW equipment and all was well.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 8 months ago.

did the tech drive the car ans verified what you are describing?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
he drove the car with the service writer and verified the results. He says that the problems exist even at low speeds, it is just not a noticeable because (he said) the computer deliberately backs off on assisting at higher speeds for safety.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I ordered a power rack. Should have it in by the end of the week. I will get back to you.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 8 months ago.

got it !! thanks for the update!!

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