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Audi A3 Power Steering Problems – Racks and Pumps

17 Oct, 13

Audi A3 Power Steering Problems – Racks and Pumps

Audi A3 Electric Power Steering Rack FaultThe early Audi A3 uses a conventional hydraulic power steering system which consists of a Power Steering Rack, Power Steering Pump and high pressure & low pressure hydraulic pipes which connect them together. The system is linked with a Steering column (shaft) which is what the steering wheel is fixed to at the user-end.

The later Audi A3 (2003 – ) uses the same conventional system apart from the steering rack. The newer Audi A3 has an Electric Power Steering Rack, it still has a hydraulic ram but electric motor mounted to it. The Audi A3 Electric Power Steering Rack is a common failure and we’re taking calls daily for this part – where customers are complaining or steering warning lights appearing on the dash and steering going heavy.

Below we’ve listed some common problems with the power steering components on the Audi A3 and this should hopefully help you better diagnose any faults you’re experiencing and replace the right parts.

Common Audi A3 Power Steering Pump Failures

  • Leaking / Loss of Oil
  • Whining
  • Heavy Steering (Either Way)
  • Loss of Power (When Idling Only)
  • Loss of Power (When Idling & Whilst Revving)

 

Common Audi A3 Power Steering Rack Failures (Electric & Hydraulic)

  • Leaking / Loss of Oil
  • Loss of Power (When Idling & Whilst Revving)
  • Steering Warning Light On Dash
  • Heavy Steering (Either way)
  • Heavy Steering (One-Way)
  • Knocking From Steering
  • Excessive Play in Steering Wheel
  • Excessive Play in Track-Rod Arms

Audi A3 Sportback Power Steering FailureAs you can see from the above, some of the problems can occur in both a Power Steering Rack and a Power Steering Pump fault – for example having Loss of Power (When Idling & Whilst Revving) but if you’re unsure as to what may be causing this problem, then give us a call and we would be happy to assist you in diagnosing the problem further.

Alternatively you may drive down to us and have one of our highly specialised engineers take a look at your vehicle and give our expert opinion of the problem.

We carry stock for the following models:

Model
Rack
Pump
Fitting
Warranty
Audi A3 8L 1.9TDi
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8L 1.9TDi PD
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8L 1.6
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8L 1.8
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8L 1.8T
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8L S3 1.8T
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8P 1.9TDi PD
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8P 2.0TDi PD
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8P 1.4TFSi
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8P 1.6FSi
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8P 1.8TFSi
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8P 2.0FSi
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8P 2.0TFSi
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime
Audi A3 8P 3.2 V6
£POA
£POA
Fitting Available
2 Years – Lifetime

 

Whatever the problem – we can fix it!

We remanufacture all types of steering components, carrying the most common failing parts in stock and offer a nationwide collect & return service. All hydraulic parts come with a 2 year warranty and electric parts now come with our Lifetime warranty.

Tags : Audi A3 Electric Power Steering Rack Faults, Audi A3 Electric Power Steering Rack Repairs, Audi A3 Power Steering Failures, Audi A3 Power Steering Pump Leaking, Audi A3 Power Steering Rack Leaking.
20 thoughts on “Audi A3 Power Steering Problems – Racks and Pumps
  • Thank you very much for the elaborate presentation of problems associated with power steering. The steering on my Audi A3 2.0L 2005 model went heavy after passing through a pool of water and my mechanic advised that I need to replace the electric motor. I would like to know if replacement of the electric motor alone will rectify the problem of heavy steering or do I need to replace the entire steering rack?

    • Hello

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      Replacing only the motor is not possible as it is calibrated with the sensor in the rack and 9/10 times when we rebuild the Audi A3 steering rack it is more than just the motor that has failed. In some cases, the failure of the motor does cause other issues in the rack so I wouldn’t advise just replacing one part.

      I have sent you an email with pricing and information on a remanufactured unit with our Lifetime warranty.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hello,
    Our steering rack has just failed on our Audi 2.0 fsi

    How much would the rack cost for this?

    Garage has quoted £650 to fix is that about right?

    • Hello Ross,

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I have sent over an email to you for further information regarding your Audi A3 Rack.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Good day

    My Audi A3 power steering is not working at first a yellow warning sign came on then it was fine again and now it is showing red warning sign and doesn’t want to work at all.
    I’ve noticed that this is one of the common problems of the Audi..

    Is there a way to fix this problem please??

    • Hello Theunis,

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I have sent over an email now with further information regarding a Power Steering Rack for your Audi A3.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hello
    Ive the same problem i have changed the sensor steering i thought was it ,it erased the light warning steering with diagnostic but after driven it for 100 km arrived at home shot down the ingine its back again the light warning pleas show me whats the exact problem thank you

    • Hello Kamal,

      Thank you for your enquiry, and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding the repair of your Audi A3 Electric Power Steering Rack.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi 2003 a3 2.0fsi red steering wheel on start up but if i hold the revs and flick the key offth en on again light goes out and steering becomes light again ?

    Any advise and pricing would be great

    • Hello Aaron,

      Thank you for your enquiry, and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      An email has been sent over now with pricing and further information regarding the repair of your Audi A3 EPS Rack.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Good Evening,
    The orange steering warning light in my Audi A3 came on after I had driven through some standing water on the road. I took it to my local Audi dealer who did some tests and advised a steering rack fault due to the motor shorting out.He has quoted £1800 to to do the job.I thought this was excessive. Is it? I am thinking of claiming on my car insurance if the bill is that high.

    • Hello Greg,

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I have just sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding the Electric Power Steering Rack on your Audi A3.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi,
    I have an Audi A3 2004 2.0 Petrol. The Red steering light has come on the Dashboard, and as a result my steering has locked.
    Would I require a new Power Steering Rack? If so, how much are these to buy?

    Many thanks,

    • Hello Mike,

      Thank you for your email,

      We receive many of these Audi A3 Power Steering racks for repair on a daily basis and I have just sent over an email now with pricing and further information. Please do not hesitate to come back to us if we can be of further assistance.

      Kindest Regards,

      Jason
      Power Steering Services

  • Hi,
    My Audi A3 Petrol 1.6 steering rack has just failed. Is it worth getting a 2nd hand one thats on a right off which is a 2007 model with 70k on the clock – its £883 deliverd for the part.?
    J

    • Hi Julie

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      £883 for a second-hand part is way over priced. We can remanufacture your unit for a fraction of this cost and if you would prefer a replacement, we do have replacement units in stock and our repairs and replacements come with a Lifetime warranty as a pose to the standard 30 days you would expect from a second hand part.

      I have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi there,

    i was just wondering how much it Would cost for a recmanufacture of my steering rack. I have an A3 8P (Sportback) 2.0 TDI black edition (170) – 2012 model. Is it common also for this year to need a Steering rack replacement?

    • Hi Sohail

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      The Audi A3 8P is also problematic and we do receive these units for remanufacture. I have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi there my Audi a3 1.6 (2003)-2008 models steering light has apeard on dash (red) and steering is heavy, diagnostic has been plugged in but nothing for steering system as of this outcome I don’t want to jump to the conclusion it’s the rack as and rule out the pump, ram and motor I’d appreciate a email on your input
    Kind regards

    • Hi Darian

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

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