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Old 07-09-2004, 10:48 PM   #1
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Do all 95 Bonne SSEi'* have variable assist? If so, and my car has it, why does it need so much effort at speeds under 20mph? I mean it seems like I have less assist at higher speeds, which is a good thing, but I just thought there'd be much more assist at low speed, such as when parking, etc. My SHO had a preety nice assist at low speeds and tightened up at higher speeds. I only needed one finger to turn the wheel when parking, and my Bonne needs some good oomph. Would a power steering flush help?

How can I tell if I do have variable assist? And if I do, is there any way to increase the amount of assist at lower speeds?

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I don't think I can do mine with one finger. I know the steering on my car at low speeds takes more effort than my dad'* Delta 88, which has a much more numb steering.
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You don't happen to have your original window sticker do you? Because thats how I knew mine had magnasteer.

If you do have it can be adjusted at a dealership. I had mine adjusted to the lowest assist setting. Made a HUGE improvement. The GM tech didnt even know you could adjust it. He said he was going to adjust his Bonneville later that day.
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Please correct me if I'm wrong. But aren't the systems called Variable Assist and Magnasteer different from each other in that variable-assist systems vary the amount of steering effort according to vehicle speed. While Magnasteer is a more sophisticated Variable Assist set up whose characteristics can only be changed, primarily, by a dealer. It was introduced around 1996.
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Yes, magnasteer and variable-assist power steering are different.

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Didn't know they were different. What are the differences between the 2 systems?
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I think Ol' Timer has got it. I know my system increases power assist at low speeds.
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