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Hi folks - my first post here after lurking for a few months!

When I first joined I had a 1.4 SE Civic, now that's been traded in for a 2.2 Type-S

The issue I have is that coming from the 1.4, I'm noticing a fair difference in the steering; the only way to explain it is like having a side wind on the car, even when there is none. Holding the wheel steady will result in varying amounts of pressure feedback from the steering.

I've read a few threads on this and there are various pointers to the alignment/tracking, but before I get on the phone to the dealers I was just hoping for some feedback on whether this is at all normal due to the change in tyre profile?

Any input is much appreciated... it's the only thing I can find that isn't perfect about the car!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 30th March 2010, 13:33
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Best get your car checked.

I have 2.2 I have no problems like this.
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How bald are the tyres and what make and type are they?
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I assume you feels these differences on the same roads as you drove (and felt nothing) with your 1.4? Do the car pull both right and left? If you have wider tyres on the 2.2, you could be feeling tramlining.
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1} If thetyres are well worn (as Pottsy pointed out) you'll get this ...

2} Civic ex-works wheel alignment can be poor (wide tolerances) - a proper 'FRS' is a very good idea ...
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Tyres are far from worn, I'll check the exact details in a little while as, typically, it's tipping it down outside at the moment.

I'm driving the same roads as before (i.e. to work and back!) and am now experiencing this - I didn't notice it when I picked the car up last week but most of my miles have been motorway up until Sunday.

No idea what an 'FRS' refers to... coming from a background in performance motorbikes, the car is a bit of an unknown!
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balancing, track rod end?
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....... No idea what an 'FRS' refers to... coming from a background in performance motorbikes, the car is a bit of an unknown!
FRS is Fast Road Setup - it's a vastly better alignment setup than Honda let the Civic out of the factory with - check out the [ABP Motorsport] section for lots of info. ...
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Will definitely look into that, JDR.

I'm thinking that the problem is tramlining more than anything; on the way home from work I noted that driving to the left side of my lane resulted in left pull, and the right side of my lane (i.e. close to the center line) resulted in right pull. This happened on several occasions on differing road surfaces...

Oh, and tyres are 225/45's (17").
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225's should be tramlining far more than for example 205's. I use both, the wider as summer tyre and the narrower as winter tyre. In my case, there are of course other things to consider as the construction of summer/winter tyres are completely different.

But the pattern is clear - narrow tramlines less than wide.
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The difference in width probably is the explanation. No harm in getting the dealer to take a look though as it's still under warranty!

Many thanks for your help.
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Syx - Did you manage to get to the bottom of this? I think I have the same problem. I had a long trip out today down a very straight old roman road and the drift was even more noticable than usual.
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