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You claim that "too much toe-in will make a car's steering feel light and very vague". I think you're getting your toe-in and toe-out mixed up. Toe-in will give a pronounced self-centering characteristic...
I was wondering whether your advice regarding the switching off of both ASR and ESP in slippery conditions applies to vehicles with AWD such as the Skoda Octavia Estate. I have found that, in slippery...
My car is a Toyota Auris hybrid T Spirit and comes on 17-inch wheels with 215/45R17 tyres. Is there any reason I can't have the 15-inch wheels with 195/65R15 tyres fitted, which should give me a softer...
I recently purchased a used E280 with 45k on the clock , the steering does not feel right. It is not very precise and I have to work at keeping the car in a straight line (I understand it will not be as...
A full-size matching road wheel (I paid extra as I tow a caravan) does not fit in the well of the boot of my fantastic new Astra SRi 2.0 CTDI. The ‘spacesaver’ is two inches smaller in diameter and the...
I will be most grateful if you can help in the resolution of a misunderstanding that has caused a bit of a rift between me and the husband of a long-time family friend. The husband took it personally when...
With a budget of about £25,000 what is the best handling medium sized car (with economy if possible)? I had been looking at ex-demo BMW X1 2.0 diesel manuals, though I prefer autos. I am biased against...
The car has just been for its MoT which it passed first time however it got an advisory notice saying 'play nearside & offside steering rack arm' what does this mean? Even though the car is a 2004 its...
The steering has just failed on my 56 plate Meriva (its only done 18k miles ), with an ESP warning light also showing. I have noticed on your website that this seems to be an increasing problem with Merivas....
I have been a FIAT owner for a number of years now, but it has come to my attention that my 2006 Panda with 70,000 miles on the clock now needs work for a power assisted steering failure which my dealer...
 

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