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Unread 07-30-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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Question Does this affect the car?

I am having an ongoing argument with someone, and thought I'd see what you all think or know.

If this person drives down the road, pulling the steering wheel to the right, then to the left, then to the right in rapid , unending succession, does this affect the car in more ways than making it shimmy or swerve? Does it affect, say, the alignment? Tires? Suspension? Anything else? Do you KNOW this or just THINK SO? Because I THINK it would affect any or all of these, but I don't KNOW!

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Unread 07-30-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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If it affects those systems beyond the normal movements they would undergo in a sharp turn there's something dreadfully wrong with the car. In a healthy car everything returns to normal positions as soon as the car finishes the maneuver, whereas a car with damaged or worn parts may not. A severely worn/damaged suspension(Example: Broken spring on one corner, tire that just shredded) may cause total loss of control.

This is why that technique is used to check the suspension, a healthy car will react predictably and not lurch around at random, while a car with a problem will slide, lurch, lean excessively, or do something else unexpected.
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Also, added wear on the tires from the maneuvers. However, you should have known that already.

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