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I just bought a 2008 GT/CS Convertible. It's hard to drive for some reason. The steering wheel does not return to center when you turn and I think that maybe the reason it seems so hard to drive, You are constantly fighting the drift. Also it seems to dart when hit bumps but that may be me over correcting. Any idea's. I've have had it alligned but I'm not sure that the ford dealership is the best to have this done. Tires are new BFG. It has 25,000 miles on it and in perfect shape. I don't think its been abused.
 

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I don't think so, its all stock as far a I can tell. Would there be something I should look at to tell if it had been lowered or some measurements that would indicate mods to the suspension. Also do you think a strut tower brace helps with the steering?
 

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Strut tower brace isnt going to make it steer any better. Unless you are taking corners at 65 constantly, drifting or something.

I have an 08 gt, and it isnt extremely hard to steer. I mean, the wheel doesnt perfectly go back to the middle after a turn, and now and then it it pulls to the left or the right, but that can be caused by the tilt of the roads for water runoff reasons.

Maybe you have directional tires and they put some on backwards? Or perhaps a caliper is not releasing all the way?
 

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Sounds like too much toe-out and/or not enough caster.

Or else loose or worn suspension parts.
 

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I would agree that the toe could be off. However, these cars are really susceptible to road crown.
 

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Thanks for the information so far, I think I will take it to another shop and have the alignment checked again. I've had several friends and family over today to drive it and they all agree that it seems hard to drive, steering seems tight and it drifts. I'll get it aligned again and see if it still drives like crap. Thanks for the help.
 

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My 2008 (black! GT/CS!) convertible is easy to drive. If you've had several people try it and agree yours is hard to drive, maybe you should approach it from the other direction: drive several 2008 Mustangs with similar equipment and see if they are all hard to drive in the same way. Then at least you will know if yours is out of the ordinary and your attempts should be directed at the car itself.

I have two very comparable cars, and it's amazing how different they handle and drive, even though they are practically identical as to basic setup and mods. Could just be an individual difference thing, with all the tolerances going one way in yours.

My daughter's Plymouth Satellite drove the way you describe, sort of; seemed like sometimes it had power steering, sometimes not. It was a failing power steering pump. Even a 25,000-mile-old Mustang shouldn't have that problem, but not every part on every car is perfect from the factory. If the dealer checks it all out and can't find what is responsible, maybe a specialist could. I'd expect erratic steering behavior not related to alignment would be a warranty repair item.

The wider-tire syndrome mentioned above - car wants to follow lines parallel to the direction of travel, or dart under mild or moderate braking, may just be something you'll have to accept.
 

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I just bought a 2008 GT/CS Convertible. It's hard to drive for some reason. The steering wheel does not return to center when you turn and I think that maybe the reason it seems so hard to drive, You are constantly fighting the drift. Also it seems to dart when hit bumps but that may be me over correcting. Any idea's. I've have had it alligned but I'm not sure that the ford dealership is the best to have this done. Tires are new BFG. It has 25,000 miles on it and in perfect shape. I don't think its been abused.

Did they give you a print out of your alignment? Normally with all the customers we do alignments for at the dealership we give them a print out that shows a bar graph of Camber, Caster, Toe and where the arrow ends up after the alignment is finished. A before and after shot.

http://www.lazernet.co.uk/images/alignment.jpg
 

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steering seems tight and it drifts.
Thats an oxymoron.

It can either be tight and darty or loose and drifts. But it can't be tight and drifts or loose and darty.
 

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I find myself having to always drive with two hands as a result! :)
Thats odd, we have crowned roads, "rutted" lanes, the whole bit up here in Michingan and I run alignment settings that would be considered "agressive" and when I am on the freeway I'm driving with my knee most of the time. With 275's on the front.

I have -1.4deg camber
As much caster as I could get without my plates (which have been in a box for 2 years:p)
And zero toe.
 

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No I didn't get anything on the alignment but I will this time. I'll let you know the numbers when I get it done. I wouldn't attempt to drive mine with my knee, I can get by with one hand but I find myself using both hands to feel comfortable. Hopefully the alignment is out of spec's. Thanks for all the idea's, it helps narrow things down.
 

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+1 - The steering on my car is dead on. It doesn't fight me at all. It sound like you need to get the alignment checked.
 

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I didn't notice anything unusual or of concern while I had the stock tires on it. When I went to the 255 front, 285 rear setup I noticed immediately that everything in the road seemed to grab at the car. I think it is the tires, as they have four circumferential grooves. That hasn't changed in about 20,000 miles.

Frank
 

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Hmmm... Guess I need to get mine checked. Keep in mind that my car is lowered and I have a lot of bumpsteer too.
 

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I noticed in Frank S' post that he listed the numbers of cars produced in his year model and what number his cars are. How do you find that information?
 

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I always get a before and after print out when having a alignment done.

That way I know what they did and what was wrong.
 
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