Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Milwaukee, WI
What I Drive: 2012 Kona Blue Ti Hatchback, DCT
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Originally Posted by WizeGuyDezignz
Back to the OP's topic, my car drives straight as an arrow in city and on highway here in San Diego. I can easily drive it with one finger. As you already know, something is wrong with your car.
Originally Posted by Some Guy From NY
Members in the Kia Optima Forum sum it up best, it is as if my car has no "center" position on the steering wheel. It is for the most part, either left or right. For very VERY brief moments my car will drive straight, but no where near the distance it should before slowly shifting left or right.
Like I said, if someone drove my car for 5,10,15 minutes they might not notice the problem and just shake it off as road crowning or potholes/bumps. But after driving a long distance, or driving it daily, you will notice you are almost always making the SMALLEST of corrections, fractions of an inch just to keep going straight, ALL. THE. TIME. Sometimes, well a lot of the time, you can feel/see yourself zig zagging between the lane, while every other car on the road and in your same lane is still driving perfectly straight, even after hitting large bumps or potholes. My focus used to drive nicely, just like every other car, but since I got the new rack/numerous alignments...it just is very twitchy, left-right-left-right-left-right....
This is exactly how my car is! Adjustments are not difficult, I can drive it with 1 finger - but I have to make a correction or give constant pressure - like I'm fighting the crown in the road - pretty much every 3 seconds to stay in my lane. But there really isn't any rhyme or reason to which side I have to push on i.e.: wind, crown, etc.
That's why I didn't think I would qualify for the steering TSB. It doesn't lock up, it just doesn't track straight. Maybe I have an alignment issue or something. But rather than try to fight the dealership, I'm going to live with it. Seems easier. Besides, I'd much rather fight the dealer to fix my clutch than my steering.
2012 FF Ti HB Kona Blue, Built 5/24/2011, 401A + Ti Handling Package, Parking Technology Package, Winter Package, Moonroof, and MFT w/NAV at v3.6 100k miles and counting...