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Off-road vehicle precautions (on four ? wheel drive models and pre Runner/Raised Body such as)

This vehicle has higher ground clearance and narrower tread in relation to the height of its center of gravity to make it capable of performing in a wide variety of off-road applications. Specific design characteristics gives it a higher center of gravity than ordinary passenger cars. This vehicle design feature causes this type of vehicle to be more likely to rollover. And, it has a significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. An advantage of the higher ground clearance is a better view of the road allowing you to anticipate problems. It is not designed for cornering at the speed as ordinary passenger cars any more than low-slung sports cars designed to perform satisfactorily under off-road conditions. Therefore, sharp turns at excessive speeds ma cause rollover.

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what is the recommended tire pressure on the 05 fx ? ive been running 34psi, but this winter i ran 40psi. someone told me that over inflatining caused my right front tire to wear on the center treads only. does that sound correct ? thanks for your time.

Too much air pressure (cold tire temp) when filling, will cause center tire wear. The pressure recommendations and recommended tire sizes are located on the inside driver side door panel.

Feb 24, 2011 | 2005 Infiniti FX35

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power steering

Hello Mohamede.

Not sure what your question is here.

I will post a couple of common issues with the Elantra steering problems.
Hopefully one of these following problems will assist you.

Before replacing a power steering oil pump for a "whine" noise condition, check the oil pump reservoir filter screen for contamination. If the filter screen at the bottom of the oil pump reservoir is clogged, it may cause the pump to aerate and cause a "whine" noise.
If the filter screen is clogged, replace the reservoir and reconfirm the condition.

This bulletin provides the Absolute Steering Position (ASP) calibration method for 2007-2009 ELANTRA (HD) and 2009 ELANTRA TOURING (FD) Electric Power Steering (EPS or Motor-Driven Power Steering). This procedure is required when the battery is discharged or after the battery or EPS-related parts are replaced.
If the EPS ASP calibration is not conducted when the battery is discharged or after the battery or EPS-related parts are replaced, the EPS and or Electronic Stability Control (ESC) warning lamp will be turned on and the automatic EPS return-to-center control will not be performed. VEHICLES AFFECTED:
Model: 2007-2010 ELANTRA (HD), 2009-2010 ELANTRA TOURING (FD)
3. Subject:
DIAGNOSIS AND CORRECTION OF VEHICLE PULL This bulletin supersedes TSB 05-50-012 to include 2009 models
Several factors may cause vehicle pull, both vehicle related and external conditions. The purpose of this bulletin is to assist in identifying the vehicle related conditions that cause pull and how to correct those conditions.
Vehicle pull is the tendency of the vehicle to drift right or left while driving in a straight ahead direction on a straight road at a constant speed with no pressure on the steering wheel. This pull or drift may be gradual and can always be compensated for by inputs through the steering wheel. One or more of the following conditions may cause the vehicle to pull:
Non-vehicle conditions that may cause the vehicle to pull:
^ Cambered road surfaces - Most highways are built with cambered or "crowned" surfaces to drain rain water. Sometimes the road camber is visually noticeable. Other times, it is not. The vehicle may tend to pull to the left or right, depending on the camber of the road surface. ^ Cross-winds - A sometimes overlooked, yet possible cause of steering drift is cross-winds. Side winds at higher vehicle speeds may cause vehicle pull. Please do not rule out cross-winds when diagnosing a vehicle pull. Vehicle pull caused by these two conditions is not related to vehicle adjustments and no repair should be made.
Vehicle conditions that may cause the vehicle to pull:
^ Tire inflation pressure - As small as a 2 pounds/square inch tire inflation pressure difference between the right and left tires may cause a vehicle to pull. Be sure to check the tire pressure before the tires are warmed up prior to attempting more extensive diagnosis. ^ Wheel alignment - Slightly out of specification wheel alignment causes very few vehicles to pull. Therefore, if the vehicle wheel alignment has been adjusted as close as possible to specification, DO NOT attempt to correct the vehicle pull by changing the wheel alignment angles by bending suspension components or other non-approved methods. ^ Uneven brake adjustment - If one of the four brakes is dragging, the vehicle may pull to the side of the dragging brake. Verify that none of the brakes are dragging and that they are adjusted correctly prior to attempting more extensive diagnosis. ^ Incorrect vehicle trim height - If the trim height of the vehicle is not equal on all sides, the vehicle may pull to the side of the lower trim height. Check and adjust the trim height of the vehicle as necessary. Please note that a slight variation in the vehicle trim height seldom causes a noticeable vehicle pull.
^ Tire construction - The way in which the tire is built can produce vehicle pull. An example of this is the placement of the under tread belt. An off-center radial tire belt can cause the tire to develop a side force while rolling straight down the road and the tire will tend to roll like a cone. To correct this condition, please use the flow chart. This chart provides the sequence of procedures designed to be performed for all conditions of vehicle pull. ^ Tire size - Different size tires or different make of tires, on either axles, may cause a vehicle pull.

Nov 14, 2010 | 2007 Hyundai Elantra Limited Sedan

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My 2007 Mazda3 is the worst car I have ever driven on snow and ice? Is this a common problem and can anything be done about it?

First,any car that has low ground clearance can be a problem in deep snow. But the problem you are facing is probably related to the contact patch of the tires. If you have wide, flat tread, go-cart/race track style tires you will have problems in rain, on ice , and on snow. I am guessing you have too much tread on the ground for the weight of the car. You can try adding weight to the car ( sand bags in the trunk , it works for pick ups). I live in Minnesota. For one car I had to get narrower tires and rims ( about 2" to 3" narrower) for winter driving. It made all the difference in the world. If there is a different tire offered for your model that is narrower( off of the less sporty version) , you may want to buy a second set of wheels at the salvage yard for winter driving. This should take care of the problem.

Sep 07, 2010 | 2007 Mazda 3

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do they make body lift kits for the jeep grand cherokee orvis edition

Just did a quick check and found some at JC Whitney.
Be aware: when lifting any vehicle, you are changing the roll center thus making it more prone to rollover. Though it does make the vehicle look impressive, unless you intend to only lift far enough to get a bit more tire clearance, it's not going to do much else for you, (body being higher does not change the height of the differentials, therefore the same stuff you hit when off-roading you will still hit.) Adding taller tires only adds 1/2 of the tire height addition to ground clearance eg: using a 31" tire instead of a 30" only adds 1/2" additional ground clearance.
The other items to consider are that your computer system will not get the proper speed info (neither will your speedometer) unless you make changes there too, and excessive driveline angles can cause problems there as well..
I'm not saying that you should or should not do this, just giving you info to help you decide if it's worthwhile.
Good luck!

Apr 03, 2009 | 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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snow tire size for 2004 Honda Odyssey?

Not a good idea at all! The speedo will be out, but that's the least of your worries. It will become harder to accelerate and will make the transmission and engine work harder. You will have reduced braking efficiency and more rapid wear as the brake system was not designed to deal with the higher mechanical advantage of a taller tire. The vehicle will not handle as well, besides having a taller sidewall and center of gravity, the suspensions scrub radius will change and it will make it feel twitchy to drive. Your gas mileage will suffer as the engine and trans were not designed around this tire diameter. The larger tire will have a higher rolling resistance and weigh more as well.
If anything, for a snow tire, you really need a skinnier tire rather than a bigger one. Skinny tires bite the snow and ice better. If it were me, I would be looking for a 215 65 16 Same ride hieght and slightly narrower tread.

Mar 14, 2009 | 2004 Honda Odyssey

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