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Vibration after the emissions fix

Hi everyone,

On Tuesday I swapped our 2012 Touareg TDi which the whole family loved to a brand new 2016 Touareg TDi. Iíve read as much as I could all the great posts in this forum and I was expecting some of the differences in the driving behaviour.

What surprised me is the constant high frequency vibration which the car has even in very low RPMs. This is constant no matter what speed I drive and you can feel it in the gear shifter stick and the steering wheel.

I already spoke with my dealer and they are checking the PDI records of the car and probably will have to bring it in for them to diagnose it, but Iím just wondering if this is something that anyone of you may have experienced after the the emission fix is applied.

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Sounds like a prop shaft hanger bearing that's on it's way out......
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https://www.clubtouareg.com/forums/f...rt-191458.html

Have a look in case you don't know what I'm saying.......
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Thank you TurboABA

I will mention this to my dealer. Good thing the car is under full warranty

Will keep you posted guys of any developments.
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I very much doubt it's that. The drive shaft centre bearing is not the problem on the Generation 2 cars that it was and still is on Generation 1 Touaregs.

And anyway, this Touareg is new.

This kind of vibration has been reported after the emissions fix on smaller engined VWs together with increased engine noise and rougher gear changes on automatics.

I hope it can be fixed for you but don't accept the lame old VW excuse of "They all drive like that, sir".

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I agree that it being a new unit, it seems very unlikely..... I also re-read the original post and noticed the "in the steering wheel part).
Based on that, I would suspect flat spots on the tires and\or wavy rotors based on improper cleanup during attempted machining (rusty old rotors from it sitting in storage for a few years).

Either one of those would drive someone nuts, but they should also be proportional to speed of travel, so you should notice a change in frequency as speed increases.
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There's not enough meat on Touareg rotors to machine them as the wear allowance is only 1mm per side.


Flat spotted tires after standing in a compound for two years could contribute to a vibration but I think that would be more noticeable through steering wheel than anywhere else.

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The vibrations are very fine with a really high frequency. They are not visible, but you can fill them if you put your hand on the gear knob and through the steering wheel. I don't know how to describe them, but it feels like i'm touching one of those ultrasonic vibrating devices.

I'm waiting to hear back from my dealer for next steps.. Something is telling this may be one of those "the car is running in it's normal operating parameters" answers.
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Maybe someone swapped out your low revving TDI engine with an Oral B toothbrush!

How do you know this is after the emissions fix? Did you drive this vehicle prior to the fix?
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No I have not had a chance to test-drive the car before the fix. The reason I thought this happened after the fix is because the engine sound like it is spinning much faster than the one I had on my 2012 Touareg. I know it is a big assumption...
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