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2019/10/17 11:50:50 (permalink)

Steering / control question

Hi all
A friend is buying a 2006 Cayman and has had it for a few days test.
He says its steering is occasionally really scary - e.g. goes left when it should go right.
I suggested tram-lining as a possible cause.
Is there a really good wheel alignment and tracking shop near Reading?
Any thoughts?
post edited by matthewb - 2019/10/17 19:23:31
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Re: Steering / control question 2019/10/17 13:34:30 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby matthewb 2019/10/17 19:18:25
Sounds a tricky thing to solve if your friend has not yet bought the car. i.e. I guess he won't want to pay for a geometry check before buying it.
Forgetting about that for now my thoughts are: Poor geometry that needs sorting out by a specialist, wrong tyre pressures, worn out tyres, it's had a shunt at the front which is undeclared and if your friend is new to Porsche, maybe the directness and feel of a 987 Cayman's hydraulic steering might have overwhelmed them?
It could be that this is just not a well prepared Cayman and has sat around at a non specialist dealer for ages. If your friend is not comfortable with their first impressions of the car, I would suggest they just walk away and find another. Trying to fix a car with faults before you buy it and trying to persuade yourself that it will get better in the future, rarely ends well.

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Re: Steering / control question 2019/10/17 19:20:33 (permalink)
Many thanks.  Very much appreciated.  I think he's planning on the seller paying for proving/solving the problem prior to purchase 
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Re: Steering / control question 2019/10/17 21:16:11 (permalink)
Tramlining may not be far off the mark, my current ‘09 Cayman S was on N rated Pirelli’s when the fronts worn down towards the limit they were truly awful. Previously I had a an 06 Cayman S on Michelin’s which eventually wore down but without the tramlining, needless to say I now stick with Michelin PS2 N2 which I find to be great both on road and track. Personal view but my help explain things.

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Re: Steering / control question 2019/10/21 13:14:34 (permalink)
Just had this in a car other than the Cayman - which would started pulling alarmingly to the left, or right - dependent on the camber. Was convinced my o/h had given it a proper kerbing and didn't dare tell me! The low profile tyres were well within the legal tread limit and correctly inflated. Before I got the geometry checked, I changed both the front tyres and it's like driving a different (better!) car - on inspection looks like there was some barely visible damage to one of the sidewalls. Probably be my first port of call unless there's some signs of a collision?
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