I’ve been driving my car with a set of winter tires for about 2k kms, now the last couple of weeks the feeling in my steering wheel has changed.
Recently I drove at high speed on a good road at night, but suddenly the road changed into a very bad washboard / cobble stone road, the car shook violently and I slowed down immediately, it felt really bad.
I can’t recall if immediately the feel in my steering wheel had changed, but a couple of days / a week later, I started noticing it. Almost as it gradually happened.
First thing I noticed: my steering wheel felt looser to turn, still turned well and drove straight. It just seemed I had to turn a little more on my steering wheel to make the same corners as before.
And the second thing: I notice more feedback in my steering wheel when driving over bad uneven roads.
when both front wheels drive over the same obstacle, no feedback in the steering wheel.
When one wheel does and the other doesn’t, I get feedback, my steering wheel moves and it feels “loose”.
when driving at higher speeds over uneven surfaces, it rarely happens or it’s very less noticeable to almost not noticeable at all, no feedback.
When I drive over a washboard / cobble stones road at low speed => my steering wheel moves and makes it feel very loose. When I drive over that very same road at higher speeds, I get less feedback in the steering wheel.
Sometimes when I drive over uneven surface with one wheel and push on the gas pedal, wheels getting power, it prevents the steering wheel from getting the feedback. when I don’t push the gass pedal and let it go over it at a lower speed without giving it power, I do get the feedback.
My first thought was, something broke / bent or came loose driving at high speed over a damn crappy road.
So, I took it to my local garage,
he checked my entire suspension and steering mechanism.
He said he couldn’t find a thing and it was rock solid. He also drove it and said he felt it runs OK, but he asked me to check it myself. And I did and I’m not convinced, so I might get back to him, but I feel like I need to ask around here first to get some knowledge and input first.
He did give me an alignment and the car drives perfectly straight
after turning and cornering my car re-aligns to center perfectly.
my steering wheel doesn’t vibrate at all driving, nor does it wander.
When accelerating hard it keeps straight, when braking hard it stays straight.
It’s just going oven uneven roads, I get more feedback in my steering wheel and it feels a little looser than before at low-ish speeds. Everything tightens up the faster I drive, as in I get less feedback in my steering wheel, my steering at higher speeds seems to tighten up, but not as firm as it once was.
I run my car tires on 30 psi as per car manufacturer recommendation , this morning I upped the pressure to 33 psi and did notice that while cornering my steering felt a bit more solid, still loose, but a little less loose than on 30 psi.
But really not THAT much of a difference, but I noticed some. I enjoyed the ride a little more though.
I don’t have much car knowledge, but I really HATE the feedback I get in my steering while while driving at lower speeds over little bumps or uneven roads. I’m starting to dislike to drive my car this way.
So, even-tough I specifically asked him about the steering stabilizer/damper, from the little research I did online, this would be my first suspect. I’m thinking about asking him to change it out and put it a new one.
But first, I’d like to hear what you guys think any input would be greatly appreciated!