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Old 11-03-2010, 08:56 AM
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Is there a "learning curve" with changes on production models?

For example, with the change in power steering in two weeks, or the addition of the tech package, how does the change happen on the production line? How are the workers trained? How many cars does it take before you don't see errors because of the change? Just curious....
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Re: Is there a "learning curve" with changes on production models?

There is always a learning curve any time a change is made on a production line. But that's what the Quality Assurance Dept is there for....they are supposed to ensure that zero defects make it through the line. As we are all aware, the system isn't foolproof.
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Re: Is there a "learning curve" with changes on production models?

It depends . . . odds are the bulk of the technology changes are made within the components themselves and are done by the suppliers. There may be a few extra steps in assembly, such as mount a sensor . . . but, for the most part, these are small, minor changes. I doubt they slow the line, if at all.
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Re: Is there a "learning curve" with changes on production models?

It'll be interesting to see what happens to the superior steering feel when they go to electric boost. Sometimes electric comes off feeling numb, tho not always.
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Re: Is there a "learning curve" with changes on production models?

what are they doing to the steering???
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Re: Is there a "learning curve" with changes on production models?

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what are they doing to the steering???
They're going from a traditional belt driven hydraulic steering pump to an electrically driven pump. This is pretty much the wave of the future, since it increases vehicle efficiency by a small amount. However, most electric steering assists do not have a great reputation for preserving steering feel. I think they'll get it dialed in eventually, but there's more experience in tuning the belt driven kind right now.
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