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vnbWK2 07-03-2013 07:01 AM

Steering
 
When I had my 2011 Laredo E with the 17" wheels and Goodyear Fortera tires, the steering was nice and tight. With my 2014 Limited with the 18" wheels and Michelin Latitude tires, the steering seems a little looser. Most noticeably, while city driving the steering wheel seems to move more freely as the tires roll over an uneven section of the road. Difference in tires?

weck 07-03-2013 12:23 PM

Re: Steering
 
2014 v6 has electrically assisted steering. Your 11 had hydraulic. That is probably the source of the difference in steering feel you are noticing.

bill_de 07-03-2013 01:01 PM

Re: Steering
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by weck (Post 852362)
2014 v6 has electrically assisted steering. Your 11 had hydraulic. That is probably the source of the difference in steering feel you are noticing.

I thought the only difference was that they use an electric motor to drive the hydraulic pump, instead of running a belt to a pulley on the motor. The steering is still a hydraulic assisted rack and opinion.

If that is wrong, could somebody explain how the steering works?


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weck 07-03-2013 04:02 PM

Re: Steering
 
I'm not sure if the Jeep electric assist still has hydraulics or not, but even then, one would think pressure is not always on like a conventional belt driven system otherwise you would not get the MPG gain. Did a search and can't find any specifics on the Jeep system.

Although, the plot thickens on if the 2011s had electric... http://www.jeepgarage.org/f73/electr...ump-16018.html

Here is a comparison of the BMW systems for reference on steering feel:

Electric vs. Hydraulic Steering: A Comprehensive Comparison Test - Feature - Car and Driver

for what it's worth...


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