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Old 05-28-2015, 11:16 PM
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The steering is going to take a little to get used to as mine is very light (and I dare say everyone else's) and doesn't return to centre as easily as my other cars. I seem to have to manually return the steering wheel to centre after a turn - like an "L" plate driver.
Mine returns to center no problem. I turn, then let go of the wheel and it straightens without input.

I don't find the wheel light, but it may depend on what you are conditioned to. My wife's car steering is a lot lighter.....

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Old 05-29-2015, 01:04 AM
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I seem to have to manually return the steering wheel to centre after a turn - like an "L" plate driver.

Like a good driver. You drive the car, not the other way around.
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Old 05-29-2015, 01:15 AM
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You're not going to tell us to shuffle the wheel now are you mate?
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Old 05-29-2015, 01:15 AM
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

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Like a good driver. You drive the car, not the other way around.
Unfortunately, I also found this steering anomaly with the GC. All my other vehicles did not have this behaviour. We get to accept modern design as a norm and miss it when we no longer have it.

Should we bring back manual gearboxes, free wheeling hubs, hand cranking ?

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Old 05-29-2015, 02:09 AM
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Unfortunately, I also found this steering anomaly with the GC. All my other vehicles did not have this behaviour. We get to accept modern design as a norm and miss it when we no longer have it.

Should we bring back manual gearboxes, free wheeling hubs, hand cranking ?

My first car was a Hillman which had a hand crank. (Dad didn't want to spend more than $50 for a farm car). The hand crank was the best!! Always started.

As regards slipping the wheel in your hands whilst turning a corner, I believe that this is the appropriate way to drive as you are still maintaining control of the vehicle as the car is wanting to naturally turn the wheel into the forward or central position. I was a professional driver for many, many years and never had an accident (other than the Sigma I sideswiped - that doesn't count). I have found that the steering on my Jeep is the lightest I have ever felt. I can't say that I can really feel the road. Guys you know what I mean. I'm thinking of cutting the power steering belt so that I can have full control again.

I'M ONLY KIDDING....

I suppose it's like dealing with the modern woman. Us guys need to become more sensitive in order to maintain full control. Yes dear??? Did you call me???
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:36 AM
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

I use a totally inappropriate driving technique - one handed most of the time. I spend my whole time at work operating my piece of machinery with one hand on the wheel and the other controlling speed (except emergencies). So it transfers to my driving style. The only time I use both hands on the wheel in the car is for slow speed manoeuvring..
35 years without an at-fault prang. If I went for a driving test I bet I'd be criticised or failed for driving one-handed. Something like "not being in full control of the vehicle".
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:48 AM
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My first car was a Hillman which had a hand crank. (Dad didn't want to spend more than $50 for a farm car). The hand crank was the best!! Always started.

As regards slipping the wheel in your hands whilst turning a corner, I believe that this is the appropriate way to drive as you are still maintaining control of the vehicle as the car is wanting to naturally turn the wheel into the forward or central position. I was a professional driver for many, many years and never had an accident (other than the Sigma I sideswiped - that doesn't count). I have found that the steering on my Jeep is the lightest I have ever felt. I can't say that I can really feel the road. Guys you know what I mean. I'm thinking of cutting the power steering belt so that I can have full control again.

I'M ONLY KIDDING....

I suppose it's like dealing with the modern woman. Us guys need to become more sensitive in order to maintain full control. Yes dear??? Did you call me???
I too find that the steering feels like it has too much power assist. This could be an American thing. Try switching to sport mode. With more push than pull from the wheels, you'll find the steering feels more "normal" and direct.
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.....I spend my whole time at work operating my piece of machinery with one hand on the wheel and the other....
I agree, one hand on the wheel and the other hand on a burger! NOT...

I think it's worth stating that there several approaches for steering a car. Here's one method:

For a sharp turn, turn the steering wheel with one hand and crossthe other hand over it. Grip the wheel on the other side and continue turning. This is called “hand over hand steering.” When you have completed the turn, relax your grip on the steering wheel and let it slip or gently feed it through your hands to return to the straight-ahead position. Do not turn the steering wheel with one finger or the flat palm of your hand. Gradually increase speed as you complete the turn. (Italics and underline mine)

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Wow i guess we shouldnt drive with our knees then. Whilst making a coffee and talking on the phone. Its called multi tasking i learnt that spending 15+ yrs driving trucks lol waiting for the forum critics now
Btw never had an accident or caused one. Cant say the same for nomads and car commuters.
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I use a totally inappropriate driving technique - one handed most of the time. I spend my whole time at work operating my piece of machinery with one hand on the wheel and the other controlling speed (except emergencies). So it transfers to my driving style. The only time I use both hands on the wheel in the car is for slow speed manoeuvring..
35 years without an at-fault prang. If I went for a driving test I bet I'd be criticised or failed for driving one-handed. Something like "not being in full control of the vehicle".
One hand on the wheel eh. So what's the other hand doing??? hmmmm
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