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    Steering Wheel Jerk

    Hi, first post here.
    Hoping I can get a bit of advice from people more knowledgable about these things than I am (which is MOST PEOPLE)
    Recently purchased a 2008 reg Astra 1.6 sxi.
    Overall very happy with it, quiet, and comfortable.

    There is an issue which I hope someone can help with. When driving on uneven roads, and after the recently cold spell many are, the steering wheel jerks from side to side when driving.
    If I take my hands off the wheel its all over the place!

    Took the car to kwik fit, they said the tracking was "perfect" as was the wheel balancing.

    Wasnt totally satisfied with this so took it to a garage I use from time to time. They also came back and said there was "nothing wrong".
    Told they checked the tyres, the pressure, the allignment and the tracking.
    Nothing wrong with any of them.

    But still when driving I am getting this movement in the steering wheel.
    Speed seems to have no effect on it, indeed it is far more stable at 70 on a well maintained motorway than it is driving in town at 30.

    Can anyone make any suggestions as to what might be causing this? Is this just something that I have to get used to - as was suggested by the garage? They said larger tyres and electric power steering played into this.

    Just feels like it should not be behaving this way under normal driving conditions. Has anyone else experienced this with their astra?

    Any help and advice appreciated.

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    Do you have standard or aftermarket wheels?
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    As far as I know everything is stock.
    Hopefully someone has an idea as to what might cause this assuming the garages were correct and the tyres and tracking etc are fine.
    Could the fact that the steering feels quite light be related?

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    What did you drive before the Astra?

    I know a friend of mine went from non-power steering to power-steering and found the difference rather strange.

    It could also be that the Astra has lower profile tyres which will track the road surface/grooves etc. more than a higher profile tyre.

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    Drove an old Focus before this.
    Had power steering on it too, but was told that the Astra had electric power steering rather than the hydraulic on the focus and they felt different. Which does make sense to me.

    If its just how the car behaves on rough surfaces than I will just have to learn to live with it. Would like to be sure though.

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    Personally, I'd have to drive it to know exactly what you mean to see if I felt it was strange.

    Could be worth posting in the relevant regional section to see if any members would be able to have a check for you?

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    Yeah I appreciate that its not easy when you havent driven it.
    maybe I just have to accept that its going to be tricky on bad roads and learn to live with it.

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    It shouldn't be 'bad' to drive on bumpy roads, even mine lowered with silly low springs and low profile tyres is not 'bad' to drive on bumpy roads.

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