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'Light' steering

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by EnglishBob, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. EnglishBob
    Joined: Jan 19, 2008
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    New 3" drop axle and drop spring in my F3.
    OT p/s and all new front end components.
    Steering is responsive but seems 'light' or 'floaty'?
    Turns well and everything is tight.
    Havent had an alignment done yet and wonder if that could cause this issue?
    Thanks
    EB
     
  2. mechanic58
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    It could - a lotta times if your wheels are towed in too much it can cause that feeling you're describing. If they're towed out too much it will cause a different indication usually. You can check the tow pretty close with a tape measure if you take your time and get someone to help you.
     
  3. gnichols
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    from Tampa, FL

    Wanna trade for my "heavy?" Gary
     
  4. EnglishBob
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    I'd prefer heavy on straight roads.:)
     
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  5. EnglishBob
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    Anyone ever had this problem?
     
  6. trollst
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    If you don't have enough caster in it, the steering will be very light feeling, more caster will give it a heavier feel and return to straight after you release the wheel.
    Not enough caster and you'll really have to pay attention at speed, think about changing lanes and you've already done it, it'll steer very quickly, more caster slows that effect down.
     
  7. Leviman
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    Check your caster, sounds like you don't have much, which is typical for old cars/trucks.
     
  8. mechanic58
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    Most modern sports cars that have a good "heavy" feel like you're seeking run somewhere around 7* neg caster. (Spindle axis tilted towards the rear 7*)
     
  9. EnglishBob
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    I'm at around 8 degrees negative.
     
  10. fordflambe
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    x2............

     
  11. classic gary
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    Ot p/s mean power steering? If so too much pressure from the pump will make steering feel go away.
     
  12. fordor41
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    Alignment or too fast steering gear ratio.
     

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