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Old 07-26-2010, 11:42 AM
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steering damper purpose

What is the purpose of these...

..... and what are the driving symptoms of a worn out one...

i should know this, but don't.....

thinking about replacing a couple just as routine maintenance

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Old 07-26-2010, 12:12 PM
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you can unbolt one end of damper and see if it has good resistance all the way through[check for little or no resistance near the centre] or just replace them because [1] they are cheap [2] it's time.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:16 PM
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It reduces vibration in the steering wheel for that 'luxury car feel' at the expense of steering response. I drive without one.

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Old 07-26-2010, 07:05 PM
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Mine was leaking oil when it was bad. I have driven with a good one and a bad one and the only difference I can tell is with a new one the steering feels much heavier, more like a "luxury" car. With a bad one it is easier to steer, feels more like a Toyota. I think it is there just for that reason, to make it feel diffferent, but everyone insists it makes it handle better some how.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:21 PM
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It "dampens" the road irregularities by absorbing the forces before they are transmitted to the driver via the steering mechanism. The heaviness is caused by the dampening effect.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:32 PM
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You hit a pothole, it can cause the wheel to jerk some, ... the steering damper is supposed to take some of the energy from such a hit, the faster the wheel turns, the more resistance.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:27 PM
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They don't seem to last a real long time to me... but they are cheap!
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:58 AM
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i think i will replace the one on the e320... the steering on the CE is still tight....except it has a bit of steering wheel vibration...which could be caused by a number of things...

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