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I noticed in the list of option codes, there are 5 variants for steering damper:
1Q0 none
1Q1 26.5Hz
1Q2 36Hz
1Q3 xxHz
1Q4 32Hz

I found my option codes printed on a label adhered to the spare tire. I have steering wheel shakes around 70mph, even after performing the TSB, and I have the 26.5 Hz damper.

Curious to know if other markets, Germany for example, have a damper tuned for autobahn speeds, vs USA where maybe they are tuned for 55-65mph. Could swapping the mass damper reduce steering wheel shake, primarily at ~70mph? 26.5Hz is the lowest frequency damper listed.

Please post your steering damper option code, Model/year, country, and if you have the shakes.

1Q1 - 2014 Tdi Exec - USA - Shakes @ 70mph - TSB done
 

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Just a quick aside.
1. Have you had the tires balanced on a Hunter Road Force Balance machine? If there is a valid substitute for the Hunter, I have not found it yet. Talk to the tech quickly and tell him that you are having issues before they use the Hunter.
2. Have you personally performed the tsb with a torque wrench? It is not hard, but you will be shocked by the number of tire shop techs that will scoff at the tsb and then grab the air wrench.

If yes on those two questions, then (3.) start looking at the bushings and the general condition of the front end suspension.

As a last resort, take the Touareg to the same people who work on the local Cayenne fleet. Generally you pay more, but get a much more meticulous repair.
 

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Interesting in that I recall something from the past about the mass damper but I'm beggared if I can remember the detail!

As above, the TSB seemed to have cured most cats when correctly applied to correctly balanced wheels.
 

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I haven't had tires road force balanced, but I did put new tires on, and problem is unchanged. I did the TSB myself using a torque wrench. The TSB says to clean the wheel mating surfaces which I did, but also seems like the rotor to hub surfaces should be done as well. I'll start checking bushings next. Steering wheel seems to only shake for the first 30 mins of driving, then seems to go away once warmed up. VW dealership says since the problem occurs at 70mph, they are not allowed to test at that speed. I don't have high confidence they will find an issue with that being said.

Interesting that VW didn't use a concentric ring for centering the wheel, I can see how the wheel would hang slightly off center if not hanging on a tang positioned at 12 o'clock.



Just a quick aside.
1. Have you had the tires balanced on a Hunter Road Force Balance machine? If there is a valid substitute for the Hunter, I have not found it yet. Talk to the tech quickly and tell him that you are having issues before they use the Hunter.
2. Have you personally performed the tsb with a torque wrench? It is not hard, but you will be shocked by the number of tire shop techs that will scoff at the tsb and then grab the air wrench.

If yes on those two questions, then (3.) start looking at the bushings and the general condition of the front end suspension.

As a last resort, take the Touareg to the same people who work on the local Cayenne fleet. Generally you pay more, but get a much more meticulous repair.
 

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The ring was on the early models. VW removed it on the later units. I can just throw a tire on my 2006 and it self centers every time. What a stupid thing to de-content.

I can point you to the master thread on SWS. VW ended up buying back some cars under lemon law over this issue. This entire SWS issue belongs in a Monty Python Skit.

I will just say that I am a big believer in the Hunter Road Force. The machine is that good.

All I can add is that several of the silica infused tires I have used can get a slight flat spot after sitting on concrete for about 72 hours. It always works out quickly, in less then two miles when it happens. So, that does not seem to be your problem.

Also it does not fit the symptoms of the center bearing. That one usually starts as a 40-50ish slight thump or rumble.

Steering wheel seems to only shake for the first 30 mins of driving, then seems to go away once warmed up.
Hey front end guys (which I am not one). Does this sound like anything front end related?
 

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Are you using the wheel locating pin that should be in your tool kit when fitting your wheels?
 

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Yep I used the guide pin, though I can't say for sure if I snugged up the 4 other lug nuts before removing the guide pin. I assumed the datum was off the hub crenelations.

Are you using the wheel locating pin that should be in your tool kit when fitting your wheels?
 

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I've read through a lot of the threads, but there doesn't seem to be a root cause. For some, the TSB has worked, for others it hasn't. I haven't seen any mention of mass damper in the discussions, so thought it might be worth exploring. I know on my previous Land Rover, there was literally a dumbbell weight bolted on to change the harmonic frequency of the front axle.

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there is a host of threads regarding wheel shake. Front wheels are very sensitive to it.
 

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Aahhh! Now I understand. many thanks

It is attached at the front anti-roll bar mounting!

There are so many variables to the steering wheel shake that it is not something that you can point a finger at and say “its that”
I also agree that because the hubs are not used for centering the wheel it is more susceptible to other variables, like, wheel balancing, torque, position in relation to disc bolt, clean hub face, type of wheel, gyration, orders of magnitude and the angle of the fifth moon in relation to the cup holder on the passenger side :)

I follow the VW bulletin, torque the wheel car as per increments, always clean hub face and wheel mtg face, as usual and I have never had any wheel shake.
 
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