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Old 03-28-2012, 07:48 AM   #1
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Question Steering Wheel Jerking

Hey guys and gals,

So i've been noticing something different the last 2 weeks. It seems like whenever i hit any sort of bump, my wheels want to shoot off in that direction. What i mean is that when im hitting a bump or part of the road that is uneven, it seems like the car tries to veer off to the side.

At first i thought maybe there was something wrong with my alignment... but it happens on BOTH sides. sometimes the steering wheel moves by itself way to the left, sometimes to the right...

Any ideas whats going on? Or am i just crazy and this is bound to happen because of the fact that the wheel on the ground are turning to either side when they hit an uneven surface?
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:54 AM   #2
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Take it to the dealer, should be under warranty.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:33 AM   #3
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How low are your front tires (tread wise) mine are getting bad and do this now from the tires being bad

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Old 03-28-2012, 08:38 AM   #4
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Mine does this all the time, I think it's normal for these cars.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:42 AM   #5
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Check your tire pressure.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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Mine does this all the time, I think it's normal for these cars.
Only happens occasionally where one wheel is just riding a series of bumps and it's not like dangerously jerking but you feel the steering wheel want to pull one way or the other.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:47 AM   #7
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It,s from the staggered wheel setup of the RS... Normal!!!
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:43 AM   #8
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How low are your front tires (tread wise) mine are getting bad and do this now from the tires being bad

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My tires should be fine its a 2012 and ive only put 4,000 KMs on it, mostly with winter tires. The summer tires that are on now only have aboue 800kms on them
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:44 AM   #9
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It,s from the staggered wheel setup of the RS... Normal!!!
Ah this could make sense, thanks sling
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:29 AM   #10
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There is a thread about this on here somewhere but the short answer given by SlingShot is correct. The wide tread and staggered setup of the 20 inch wheels is the cause. My SS does this as well.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:34 PM   #11
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Only happens occasionally where one wheel is just riding a series of bumps and it's not like dangerously jerking but you feel the steering wheel want to pull one way or the other.
Same experience here. It doesn't happen often, very rarely in fact, so I don't think it's an issue.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:29 PM   #12
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I too had this happen and pulled over for a front suspension and lug nut
inspection. The stretch of road I was on was bumpy and uneven. Don't
drive with your wrist on bumpy back roads!
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:16 AM   #13
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If tire pressure is good and tire wear is even, I think you are OK. My SS does this too when going over a speed bump at an angle. The grooves/crown in the road will affect the wheel too if they are deep enough.
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The culprit is the summer tires.... I just switched to my summers this weekend and they grip the road to the point that they follow groves and cracks and feel like they are jumping around more. I'd have thought something was wrong with my steering, but the softer winter tires don't seem to do the same thing, and I have 245's up front and 275 in back just like the stock width. My friend's 04 mustang cobra also did this with his wide summer tires.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:45 PM   #15
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The culprit is the summer tires.... I just switched to my summers this weekend and they grip the road to the point that they follow groves and cracks and feel like they are jumping around more. I'd have thought something was wrong with my steering, but the softer winter tires don't seem to do the same thing, and I have 245's up front and 275 in back just like the stock width. My friend's 04 mustang cobra also did this with his wide summer tires.

I just noticed the same thing after switching over.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:15 PM   #16
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Same issue here. Posted my thread in Wheels section. I think it's in the nature of summer tires and our setup.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:05 AM   #17
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The culprit is the summer tires.... I just switched to my summers this weekend and they grip the road to the point that they follow groves and cracks and feel like they are jumping around more. I'd have thought something was wrong with my steering, but the softer winter tires don't seem to do the same thing, and I have 245's up front and 275 in back just like the stock width. My friend's 04 mustang cobra also did this with his wide summer tires.
Thanks. This is exactly what happened to me. I got the car in January and put winter tires on it right away so hadn't ever had this problem. Just put the summer RS tires on a few weeks ago and noticed the issue.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:59 PM   #18
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It's called bump-steer guys, perfectly normal.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:01 PM   #19
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I had that "normal" situation too and decide to change the Staggered setup to square with 20x9 wheel in front and my results can be read here:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...05#post4784805
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