Advice on Steering Wheel Handling?
Question: First of all I want to say that my parents consider me a good driver (I'm 17 and been driving for a month) and the only part i have trouble on is that I have trouble keeping my steering wheel straight. I always hear my mom saying that I "rock the cabin" and that I can't stay in the middle of the lane that easily. I drive a 2009 Hyundai Elantra so that handling is pretty secure and stable. I just find that since there is no center line on the wheel I find it difficult to just go straight without a fear of it being a little crooked. can any one tell me how the wheel works and a way to be a little more stable in being in the middle of the lane. Thanks
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Experience will help, but without being able to watch you drive, I'd guess you're putting your hands too high on the steering wheel. The higher your hands, the better your maneuverability in an emergency, but the less stable you are just trying to keep the car straight. I'd go to a large empty parking lot and test two things: - If you hold the wheel as straight as you can and hold it perfectly still, does the car tend to go left or right? - If you let go of the wheel, does the car go straight or turn? These check the basic mechanics of the car: There's a possibility that it's out of alignment and your parents just don't notice because they're experienced drivers who are accustomed to the pull. If the basic mechanics check out, then: (1) Make sure your left and right hands are symmetric on the wheel. (2) Move them down an inch and see whether your handling improves. If the car's alignment is OK, and moving your hands down the wheel a bit doesn't help, then I'm at a loss. Joe
Apparently, you have not watched too many NASCAR races - the steering wheel will go around the same as a regular vehicle, but unless the COT or Nationwide car gets in a wreck, or spun around, you will only see the drivers turn the wheel to the left as little as possible for the best line to drive in. Watch the next time that someone gets in an accident, or even the victory burnout....you will have to wait until February 2010 though :]
Driver's Ed Teacher for more than 11 years: First, driver's best steer the car by looking well away from it, whether it be well ahead, or well behind, depending on where there is more information. There are at least 2 reasons why we must do this: 1) We do not sit with the center of our eyes in the exact center of the car. Here's an exercise that will convince you how/why to look far away to steer it: Find an empty parking lot with a very long and somewhat straight painted line. Stop the car in such a position so that the painted line is directly under the center of the car. You will have to put it in 'park' and get out of the car and back in again, until you get it within a couple inches of exactly centered. Once you have it near perfect, try sitting in the passenger side front seat, noticing a similar but opposite 'illusion' that is created now that the center of your eyes is off center the exact same amount on the opposite side of the car. Then return to the driver seat and it will really look strange. Next, Put the car in a position that both centers the painted line and allows you to see at least 75 feet of the line in front of you. Take something about the size of a piece of paper, or notebook (11x8) and block different portions of the line segment in front of you. When you focus on the part of the line that is farthest away, the 'illusion' is lessened, and when you focus on the part of the line that is close, the illusion is worse. There is a similar illusion' sen when you look over your inside shoullder directly out the rear window. Strategies similar to those used for looking out the front shold be used here, to account for imperfect centeredness. 2) The side mirrors display another ' illusion' because of the curvature of the sides and back end of the car. IN the same way that you can focus far away from the car in the windshield, you can also do so in the side mirrors.
Your power steering pump is experiencing an internal leak or what is known as bypass which causes the wheel play. As more pressure is applied on to the pump, the bypass becomes erratic causing turbulence in the pump which you feel as vibration.
One thing that I have found quite helpful, and that I suggest you do is when you are driving, a lot of drivers tend to look RIGHT in front of them, which causes them to not go straight. I used to do this when I first began to drive. You should not look too close to you, or too far, looking too close could make your steering wheel not be straight for a while, and it can cause an accident, same with looking too far; it could cause an accident. You should look at a comfortable eye level... that is usually at or around the car in front of you. Even if there is no car in front of you, you will just be able to determine a comfortable eye level. Try this next time... do not look too close in front of you, or too far. Look somewhere in the middle. Also, do not let your eyes drift off the road either, try to keep them in the middle of your lane, wherever you want to go, is where your eyes should be looking, I hope I helped! Please help me with mine!:http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?...
Problem 1 is the leak, could be putting fluid on the belt causing a screeching/whining noise. Pump could be going bad. Belt could use tightening.
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