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Old 09-27-2007, 02:40 PM   #1
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well i have a 96 se and when i get on the interstate and get goin over 65 it feels likes the front end of the car is just sort of hovering over the road. anyone know why?
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Its an H-body.

Kidding. How many miles are on the car? How else does it handle? When turning street corners do you feel like you're rolling too much?
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Do you have the Hover option with your car?

But seriously, sounds like a possible suspension issue...bad struts? I read a whole write up on suspension on here and I still can't remember one thing from another.

You'd probably get more answers if you posted in the 92-99 section.
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Moved to 92-99.
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Sounds like the front struts.....Is the car solid if you push down over the struts?
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By pushing up and down on one front corner at a time..get it bouncing. How many times of up and down before it stops bouncing?

If you look at the struts..do you see any oily residue on them?
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alright ill look once i get off work tonight. so do i just push on the front of the car? when im driving its not bouncy or anything just the wheel gets real touchie like it only takes a little touch to turn it. it almost seels like your on a watertube bein pulled be hind a boat if anyones every done that.
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the wheel gets real touchie like it only takes a little touch to turn
What you're describing here is exactly what "oversteer" feels like. It'* terrible.

It can happen on some cars if you put a much wider tire on the car than recommended. It gives you kind of a fast "steam-roller" feel to the wheel. Check your front tire dimensions (and rear for that matter).

Anything that could raise the front end up (thereby taking weight off the front), such as badly sagging rear springs, or maybe a broken one, can cause that effect.

Or if you're hauling around several hundred pounds of equipment in your trunk with a full tank of gas. Anything like that.

You're saying the steering is tight, but ultrasensitive, right? (It'* not just excessive play in the steering? -- that can sort of feel like ultrasensitive too, but it'* not)
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yes like when i drive i can move the wheel a little to the left or right before the car will turn im not really sure about the tires i got to get new ones anyways before the snow comes. The kid i traded the car with had the tires on there for a while not sure of the size tho.
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When you're driving, you shouldn't be able to move the steering wheel at all, without a response from your car'* front wheels. It should feel race-car tight (especially in a good Bonneville or GM equivalent, I think ).

So you have to decide first if that'* the problem. Play will be noticeable at standstill with the engine running, or if it'* very loose, with the engine off. Look up how to check this, or compare it to a friends car that you know is new and tight. Excessive play at 65-70 mph is scary. Play can exist anywhere from the steering wheel, through the rack, and out to the end of the tie rods. Also, just about anything else associated with holding your wheels on, if worn or loose, can effect it. Even loose lug nuts.

Since you just got the car, a trip to a highly reputable front-end specialist would be a really great idea. (You can go over the basic things first, to the extent of your abilities and inclination, but ultimately get it checked over by a pro). By the way, a long overdue chasis lube can perk up steering. Also, when you're checking tire sizes, make sure they're pumped up to the specs on your driver'* door label.

If it'* not excessive play or oversteer, then on to other issues. Be prepared that it might not be cheap to fix, but do it anyway, if you like the car.
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