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Old 08-10-2007, 11:08 AM   #1
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I don't know if its just mine or if all Bonnevilles have poor turning radiuses. But compared to my 1996 Olds. Eighty-Eight the turning ability of my Bonny sucks. Is there any fix for this (possible a new steering rack). Its pretty noticeable when I turn into a parking spot. With all other cars I turn at a certain point and make it in just fine. With the bonny it makes too wide of a turn and I end up having to back up so I can finish making the turn into the spot.

I didn't remember having this issue when I bought the car back in 2002. But I did end up needing some front end suspension work done after I jumped a curb trying to avoid an idiot making a u-turn on the top of a hill during an Ice storm. That'* why I ask if this is a common problem or possible something I can get fixed.
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i find the turning radius on my 00 SSEi to be much smaller than my 93 Lumina 4dr

according to cars.com the 00 Bonneville has a turning radius of 20.2', while the 1997 (they didnt show the 1996) Olds 88 has a turning radius of 20.0'

what size tires are you running?
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Mine does not turn very well either.

I think it'* just the design. My '95 Lumina didn't turn well either.

I would imagine, the larger the car, the sharper it should turn to compensate for distance between front and rear wheels.
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Yeah, mine isnt that great either. I think its just cause these arent sports cars like a lot of people think they are., they are touring sedans, not tight corner carvers. But hey in a banked turn on a country road these cars sure stick.
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Turning radius:

'00 Bonneville - 41.7'
'01-05 Bonneville - 40.5'
'96 Eighty Eight - 40.7'

If you don't think its right, get to a parking lot, crank wheel to left or right, put mark by outside of the outer wheel and then turn at full lock to 180* now mark where the outside of the outside wheel is, then measure between the two.

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Ohh, 38.7' back for my year.
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Thanks for all the replies.

Both cars are running the oem wheels. Bonny has 17s and I think the Olds is running 15s. I'll try to find a large lot to tests the turning of both cars. It seems like something must be wrong if I notice the problem on the Bonny but not the Olds. Considering from the above posts, they should have the same turning radius.

Thanks again for all the posts.
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I've noticed this too. The last car I had was a '00 Chrysler LHS, so it was still decent sized - but it had a smaller turning radius than the bonny does. Oh well, I've gotten used to it anyways.
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Originally Posted by wjcollier07
Turning radius:

'00 Bonneville - 41.7'
'01-05 Bonneville - 40.5'
'96 Eighty Eight - 40.7'

If you don't think its right, get to a parking lot, crank wheel to left or right, put mark by outside of the outer wheel and then turn at full lock to 180* now mark where the outside of the outside wheel is, then measure between the two.

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Ohh, 38.7' back for my year.
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Pssst.... That'* turning diameter. Radius is only half the diameter, which is the same as the others posted...

just FYI
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