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Old 04-23-2011, 12:22 PM
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Does anyone know a way to increase the amount of power assisted steering in a C6? (i.e. make it easier to turn the wheel)
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:45 PM
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Well, the 2008 and later have a slightly revised system that is lighter effort than 05-07.

Our 2009 is noticably lighter than our 2006 with same tires and alignment settings, not sure I'd want it any lighter.

Somewhere around the end of 2010 MY, they actually changed things so that putting the AH in Comp mode makes the steering a littler heavier.
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Like Gearhead Jim said, I'm not sure I'd want mine any lighter.

I've had '05, '06, and '09 C6's and haven't noticed any difference in the steering feel, but they've all been different models.

There's no way I know of to change the power assist/boost to the steering.

The only way that might make it a little lighter is to reduce caster, although if you're way out of alignment it might affect your steering feel. Is your tire wear normal?

Have you noticed an increase in steering effort after doing something to the car??? Like lowering it? If you reduce the rake you'll increase caster slightly, but I can't imagine that through the power steering you'd notice any real increase in steering effort. I lowered my '05 coupe and didn't detect any change in steering feel.

The caster doesn't have much of a range of adjustment, but more positive caster typically increases the steering feel and makes the steering more stable and track better, while less caster makes steering feel lighter and like the Service Manual says "steering may be touchy at high speed and wheel returnability may be diminished when coming out of a turn".

I'm not sure that with the limited range of caster adjustment available that you'd really get too much difference in feel through the power steering.

But, if you do have a good alignment shop adjust anything, make sure they check and adjust all parameters - changing caster will affect camber and toe as well.

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When I switch from Tour to Sport on my F55 equipped '07, I swear the steering assist increases
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I agree with the post above: if anything, I'd want LESS assist. I feel like I have too much as it is.
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Originally Posted by Craig P View Post
Does anyone know a way to increase the amount of power assisted steering in a C6? (i.e. make it easier to turn the wheel)
I had the same question shortly after we got our 2007 Indy Pace Car. I found the steering effort the hardest of any car I've ever driven and found that a lengthy bout of spirited driving on a road with lots of twists and turns provided quite a workout. From all of my research I found that the Magansteer system has 3 possible settings in the BCM that can be accessed with a Tech2. The 3 setting are the standard factory and 1 step more and less assist.
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Originally Posted by Craig P View Post
Does anyone know a way to increase the amount of power assisted steering in a C6? (i.e. make it easier to turn the wheel)
Perfect timing! I was just going to ask a similar question.

I've had my 08 base vert for a little over a year that now has about 26K miles. What I started to notice a couple of months ago, is when I start driving the car for the first few miles at slow speeds locally, the power steering felt normal. Not always, but if I went over rough road, there was a change in the steering input, doing the same speed as before. It started to require more input, and felt much harder/heavier to turn, and became twitchy at the same time. The last couple of days, it's become even harder to steer even under normal driving conditions, and now steers heavy all of the time, slow or fast.

I checked the power steering fluid, and there are no leaks. The alignment hasn't changed, and the tires are wearing evenly. Could this have something to do with the magnasteer system? I made an appointment with the dealer, but it's become very annoying to drive.
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Originally Posted by Icecap View Post
I had the same question shortly after we got our 2007 Indy Pace Car. I found the steering effort the hardest of any car I've ever driven and found that a lengthy bout of spirited driving on a road with lots of twists and turns provided quite a workout. From all of my research I found that the Magansteer system has 3 possible settings in the BCM that can be accessed with a Tech2. The 3 setting are the standard factory and 1 step more and less assist.
After I posted, I read your file on the Magnasteer system, and my steering problem symptoms, definitely point to the this. Thanks for the info. I'm starting to see $$$$$$$.
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Originally Posted by marinablu67 View Post
Perfect timing!
How ironic, considering the thread is from 2011.
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Originally Posted by 919cw313 View Post
How ironic, considering the thread is from 2011.
Blame flying vette! LOL
I just logged into the forum, and there was the question. What difference does the date make, if the problem/ question still applies?
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Originally Posted by marinablu67 View Post
Blame flying vette! LOL
I just logged into the forum, and there was the question. What difference does the date make, if the problem/ question still applies?
No, it's not a huge deal, but it's slightly annoying and tricks a lot of people into giving advice to someone who hasn't logged in for over a year (in this case), or worse. Forum etiquette would be to use the search to find your answer and then start one's own thread asking the question if one can't find the answer he's looking for.
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Originally Posted by 919cw313 View Post
No, it's not a huge deal, but it's slightly annoying and tricks a lot of people into giving advice to someone who hasn't logged in for over a year (in this case), or worse. Forum etiquette would be to use the search to find your answer and then start one's own thread asking the question if one can't find the answer he's looking for.
You're absolutely right. I would have started my own thread under normal circumstances. But I've also been caught reading an old thread to many times without looking when it first was posted .
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Originally Posted by Yaupon View Post
OP, thank you for posting. No recall...'17 base stingray, M7.
This is why we don't necropost.
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Originally Posted by 919cw313 View Post
This is why we don't necropost.
Had been reading the C7 thread about PS recall. Not sure how my post ended up in this C6 thread...

PS. Just checked the C7 PS recall thread and there is a related C6 thread on PS at the bottom of the page. Apparently, when I paged down to post in the C7 thread I inadvertently ended up in this C6 thread/reply box.

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Wow.....a product to adjust steering feel. $250 cost.

This question about increasing/ decreasing power steering feel has been asked for years.

I wonder how it mechanically (oil flow?) functions and if it gives the desired results?

Any installation instructions specific to a C6?
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Originally Posted by marinablu67 View Post
Blame flying vette! LOL
I was posting into the C7 power steering recall thread and don't know how it ended up in this old one.
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Originally Posted by flying_vette View Post
I was posting into the C7 power steering recall thread and don't know how it ended up in this old one.
The mysteries of the internet, and the intermittent bugginess of this of this website!
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Forum etiquette !!......Now thats a knee-slapper !!!!.......
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