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Audi A4: Steering Column, Checking for Damage

Audi A4 (B9) 2016-2023 Service Manual / Chassis / Steering / Steering Column / Steering Column, Checking for Damage

Visual Check

  • Components of the steering column must not show any indications of damage.

Function Test

  • The steering column must turn without catching or difficulty of movement.
  • The steering column must adjust easily from side to side and vertically (this test is only possible when installed).

Steering Column, Handling and Transporting


Damages to the steering column creates a safety risk.

The steering column must always be handled correctly.

Correct Handling and Transport of Steering Column

  2 - Power Adjustable Steering Column

  4 - Manual Adjustable Steering Column

- Transport steering column using two hands.

- Hold the steering column at the upper column tube -1- and in the stub shaft area -3- on the upper universal joint.


Incorrect Handling of Steering Column

Transporting the following components can cause damage to the steering column and can lead to serious personal injury

  • Power adjustable steering column -2-: Motor, spindles, connectors and wiring harness
  • Manual adjustable steering column -4-: Release lever and weight balancing springs

The steering column must not have any mechanical load:

  • A steering column that has fallen onto a hard surface or shows signs of damage must not be installed in the vehicle.
  • Do not lay the steering column on the stub shafts -1 and 3-.
  • The stub shafts must not get compressed.


Steering Column, Removing and Installing

Special tools and workshop equipment required

  • Torque Wrench 1331 5-50Nm -VAG1331-
  • Bolt Extractor Set -VAS5514-
  • Protector Set -VAS871009-

Also for equipment versions with anti-theft protection component:

  • Steering column repair kit. Refer to the Parts Catalog
  • -VAS5514-, not illustrated
  • -VAS871009-, not illustrated
  • Hand drill
  • 4.5 mm drill bit
  • Protective Eyewear


This procedure contains mandatory replaceable parts. Refer to component overview and parts catalog prior to starting procedure.

Mandatory Replacement Parts

  • Bolt - Steering wheel to Steering Column


- Remove the driver side footwell cover front section. Refer to → Body Interior; Rep. Gr.68; Storage Compartments and Covers; Driver Side Instrument Panel Cover, Removing and Installing.

- Remove the driver side footwell vent. Refer to → Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Rep. Gr.87; Air Guide; Driver Side Footwell Vent, Removing and Installing.

- Remove the steering column switch module. Refer to → Electrical Equipment; Rep. Gr.94; Steering Column Switch Module; Steering Column Switch Module, Removing and Installing.

- Remove the bolt -2- and remove the steering intermediate shaft universal joint -1- from the active steering actuator/steering column.

- Equipment with active steering: disconnect the connectors -arrows- and free up the wires by removing the wire bracket.


Equipment Versions With Anti-Theft Protection Component

- Insert the -VAS871009-.


Wear protective eyewear for all of the following procedures.

- Punch the anti-theft protection three times into the groove for the upper and lower section tilted at 120º. This ensures that the upper piece of the anti-theft protection component -1- does not turn when drilling.


- Punch the upper section of the anti-theft protection component -1- in the center and drill through with a carbide 4.5 mm drill bit from the repair kit.

- Drill the bolt -2- approximately 8 mm through the drill hole -arrow- in the upper section of the anti-theft protection component -1- using a commercially available 4.5 mm drill bit.

- Drill through the upper section of the anti-theft protection component -1- with a carbide 7.0 mm drill bit from the repair kit.

- Remove the bolt with anti-theft protection using screwdriver no. 4 from the -VAS5514-.

- Vacuum up drill shavings.


Continuation for All Vehicles

- Remove the bolts in the sequence -4 to 1- while supporting the steering column -arrow- from below by hand.

- Disengage the steering column toward the rear and lower slightly.


- Disconnect and free up the connector -3- for the Electronic Steering Column Lock Control Module -J764--1-.


Ignore item -2-.

- Remove the steering column.

- Disconnect the steering column from the active steering actuator. Refer to → Chapter "Steering Column, Disconnecting from Active Steering Actuator".



Install in reverse order of removal and note the following:

- Bring the steering column into the installation position by engaging the mounting hooks -1- on the central tube -2--arrow-.


Equipment Versions with Anti-Theft Protection Component

- Bring the bolt -2- with the anti-theft protection component lower section -1- into the installation position.

- Tighten the bolts. Refer to → Fig. "Steering Column - Tightening Specification and Sequence".

- Drive the anti-theft protection component upper section -3- flush into the lower section using a plastic mallet.

- Install the steering intermediate shaft. Refer to → Chapter "Steering Intermediate Shaft, Removing and Installing".

  • Readapting the end position of the steering gear. Refer to → Chapter "Steering Gear End Positions, Adapting".
  • Calibrate the Steering Angle Sensor -G85-. Refer to → Chapter "Steering Angle Sensor -G85- Basic Setting".


Tightening Specifications

  • Refer to → Chapter "Overview - Steering Column"


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