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I have had a Honda Civic type S 2011 GT for about 6 months now and I love it, there is one thing that I'm slightly concerned/irritated about and that is the steering

If I'm on a motorway at 70ish I am constantly moving the steering left and right to stay on course, like there is a loose/dead patch in dead centre and I find myself almost slightly fighting it round town like if I have just done a left bend it wants to stay left and if I go right it again wants to stay right.

It is pretty difficult to explain, after a 2 hour drive last month I felt like the wheels were loose and wanted to go where they wanted, I assumed it could be tramlining but if you hold the steering wheel in centre it feels like you have a degree of play left and right not like you could hold it firm in centre.

Does anyone understand what I mean or have come across this before?

I have used the search function on the sight and not found the same sort of problem.
 

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First thing to check is your tyres. If they're under- or over-inflated, that could cause issues similar to what you're experiencing. Also check for uneven wear, especially inner to outer.

Second thing to check is wheel alignment.

Third thing to check is bushes.
 

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Thank you, the wear seems even, in and out and across full width.

I will check pressures but I may have been stupid in assuming that the car will tell me as I'm sure I have a low pressure warning on my model, is that correct?
 

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I'm using standard civic type s 17" wheels, tyres are what came with it but same on all 4 corners, I can't remember brand but pretty sure there not cheap but certainly not really expensive. I just remember them being branded with a brand I recognised.
 

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Fast Road Setup that affects the geometry, steering angles, etc.

Steering can feel a bit too responsive afterwards, until you get used to it.
 

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Thank you, the wear seems even, in and out and across full width.

I will check pressures but I may have been stupid in assuming that the car will tell me as I'm sure I have a low pressure warning on my model, is that correct?

Erm no

It uses the rotation of all tyres to flag up if one has an issue. If they all drop to say 20psi slowly then you will get no warning.
 

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FRS, I assume not, I brought it second hand, the car is literally standard and had just 30k on the clock. It has had a respray on one side which I cannot work out why, (I used to work in a body shop) it's a great job and there is one tiny piece of over spray and no ripples in any panels and inside the engine compartment is all tidy and no signs of accident like overspray or change of parts plus the report came back that it was all clear.

I rang local Honda dealer who suggested alignment, I will probably get all 4 done to be safe, he also suggested to rotate wheels as this may also help.
 

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Okay, sounds like an alignment check would be good to get a baseline.

Before then, are you sure all the suspension bushes are okay, these will have been checked during the MOT...
 

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i have to disagree with the comments about your issues and over inflation to standard pressures, i have a type s and currently running F 32psi R 34psi as i prefer car balance towards oversteer , plus with motorway mileage increasing thought this was the way to go. if anything my steering feels a lot heavier and tight and at motorway speeds feels more stable and better mpg.

i would think your issue would be more related to tracking being out , unevenly worn tyres or possible trackrod ends.
 

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I checked the psi last night and all are at recommended 30psi, there is no knocking or creaking that I have noticed so I assume suspension is fine, (apart from small squeak when I first pull off for about 30seconds but that seems to be a known, not an issue, problem)

I will book in hopefully next week to get it aligned, anyone used mount sorrel, Leicestershire Honda or Grantham?
 

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I think I currently have the same issue as you.

The steering feels kind of 'floaty' for lack of a better term. It's sloppy and skittish when negotiating bends, and in a straight line the car just doesn't feel planted, like the electric power steering is overcompensating.

I've already had a laser alignment done by a reputable specialist garage, new tyres, messed around with the tyre pressures, and none of this solved it.

Scouring the forum has turned up worn track rod ends, ball joints, suspension bushings and steering rack (hopefully not! ) as possible causes so I'm having these components inspected next week. I'll update with results if you don't find a solution by then.
 

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You should also check your wheels arnt buckled, a wheel alignment will not show this, so dont waste your money on that yet. Buckling comes from pot holes and we all must of hit a few, I went to get my wheels rebalance because of the bad feeling the car gave me at speed. It wasnt till then that the tyre specialist told me 2 of my alloys where slightly buckled and 1 was actually a banana.
 

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I think I currently have the same issue as you.

The steering feels kind of 'floaty' for lack of a better term. It's sloppy and skittish when negotiating bends, and in a straight line the car just doesn't feel planted, like the electric power steering is overcompensating.

I've already had a laser alignment done by a reputable specialist garage, new tyres, messed around with the tyre pressures, and none of this solved it.

Scouring the forum has turned up worn track rod ends, ball joints, suspension bushings and steering rack (hopefully not! ) as possible causes so I'm having these components inspected next week. I'll update with results if you don't find a solution by then.


Quick thread revival...

My issue was diagnosed as worn drop links. These were replaced and steering back to being nicely weighted again, for now
 
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