Fun as lobbing cars around using a PlayStation controller is, both in games and in real life, if you want to be posting blistering, leaderboard-topping times on GT Sport when it arrives this week, you’ll need a force feedback steering wheel to plug into your PS4. As it happens, Thrustmaster has got you covered. No giggling about the name at the back. The Thrustmaster TGT is the latest piece of officially licensed sim-racing hardware to arrive for PS4 and it brings with it a few features designed specifically for the latest Gran Turismo. Most notable is the addition of four pleasingly tactile rotary selectors, that allow you to twiddle with your traction control, brake bias and even torque split in the middle of a heated race. This should all be particularly useful in wet weather races, though try not to accidentally slither onto the gravel because you’re busy trying to set a series link timer for Neighbours. The TGT also features what Thrustmaster is calling Depth … [Read more...] about This is GT Sport’s new £650 steering wheel
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There are certain items that we use every time we drive our vehicles, and often these parts are simply taken for granted instead of appreciated. A vehicle’s steering wheel is one of those pieces, and so long as the one in your car operates correctly, it probably goes unnoticed. The steering wheel is more important than you think, however, as it is the direct link between the driver and the vehicle’s steering system. Optimum driver control greatly depends on not only placement, but the design of the steering wheel as well as the materials the wheel is made of. Further, most modern vehicles have control switches for the radio, cruise control, the navigation system, and more located on the steering wheel, enhancing driver convenience. The most important safety factor of a late-model Mopar’s steering wheel is undoubtedly the airbag, which may also scare some enthusiasts away from tackling a job like changing the steering wheel themselves. Fortunately, Grant is offering a … [Read more...] about Late Model Steering Wheel Swap – Steering Solution
A custom tiller with a secretMost of us are well aware that if a determined thief really wants a car, he can figure out a way to get it. Yet we also realize that many car thefts are crimes of opportunity, and if we make it more difficult to steal our cars, we’re less likely to loose them. That’s the thinking behind most security systems on the market You are probably aware of Grant Products primarily as a steering wheel manufacturer, yet the company has also marketed a security device for a couple of decades. It’s a simple one, too, based on the notion that a car without a steering wheel is a tough one to steal. The Grant Vehicle Security System is essentially a quick-release unit that allows you to remove your car’s steering wheel with the turn of a key and twist of a lever. The wheel can then be stashed in your trunk or taken with you, while a locking cap prevents anyone from installing another wheel on the column. The Grant security system only works with … [Read more...] about Custom Steering Wheels – Take The Wheel – CRM Tech
If you’re building a classic truck with a certain period in mind, it’s hard to argue the styling cues of a stock steering wheel. Back before they contained airbags shod in a giant rubber box, steering wheels had a sort of “je ne sais quoi” about them. If you’re drinking a Molson and swinging a hockey stick as you’re reading this on a frozen lake, chances are you know what that means. If, like me, you skipped French class altogether in high school, that translates loosely to, “I don’t know what” in English. Allow me to use it in a sentence. “That girl over there with the flat feet and overbite sure is cute. She just has a certain je ne sais quoi about her.” But enough with the French lesson. The point is OEM steering wheels are cool. However, oftentimes their styling suits our purpose, but the size does not. Most of the truck wheels were designed back when power steering meant you had forearms like a lumberjack and a … [Read more...] about Reclaiming A Stock Steering Wheel – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
General Motors has issued a recall and a stop sale for the 2013 Buick Encore due to an issue that could result in the steering wheel falling off on certain models. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM says that 144 Encores equipped with heated steering wheels could have been incorrectly retrofitted due to a parts shortage.Needless to say, a loose or separated steering wheel would likely cause an accident if it happened while the vehicle was in motion. The recall doesn't go into effect until April 12, but concerned Encore owners can use the official recall notice (attached below) to contact GM. … [Read more...] about Small number of 2013 Buick Encore models recalled for loose steering wheel
As many as 391,000 vehicles from Infiniti and Honda may eventually need to be recalled as a result of two, separately announced Preliminary Evaluations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ascertain the scope of the potential safety hazards.The larger investigation has NHTSA looking into the 2013 Honda Accord because of 24 reports from drivers alleging total loss of power steering or a sudden increase in necessary effort to turn the vehicle. In four cases, the problem is reportedly linked to crashes, with all of them occurring at less than 30 miles per hour. According to the claims, 13 people also reported seeing a warning message during the failure. Turning off the car and restarting it would fix the issue in some cases. If a recall is necessary, it could affect an estimated 374,000 Accords.The second investigation is much smaller in scope. The safety agency is investigating the 2008 Infiniti EX35 after two complaints of the steering wheel shaft separating, and … [Read more...] about NHTSA probing 400,000 Infiniti, Honda vehicles over steering faults
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it is opening a preliminary investigation into 841,000 Ford Motor cars over concerns steering wheels could detach while driving.The auto safety agency said it is investigating 2014-2016 model Ford Fusion cars after three reports of steering wheel bolts becoming loose, including one report of a steering wheel completely detaching while a driver attempted to turn into a gas station. Ford did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reporting by David ShepardsonRelated Video: … [Read more...] about Ford Fusion steering wheels could detach, NHTSA says
Among the many new SKYACTIV technologies that Mazda plans on introducing to its global lineup, a unique start-stop system is one of the most important. Initially Mazda had decided not to bring its idle-stop system to the US as the EPA system didn’t measure a major improvement in efficiency, but ultimately the decision was made to make all of its vehicles idle-free by 2015. But an early test of a SKYACTIV idle-stop-equipped Mazda2 by Automotive News [sub]’s Hans Greimel reveals an interesting characteristic: a funny thing happened when I paused for a red in Tokyo’s harbor district.After a few moments of silence, the engine clicked on, as designed, to help keep the air conditioner going. OK, that’s normal. But as the engine jumped to life, so did the steering wheel. To my surprise, I found the engine’s start-up vibrations turning the wheel to-and-fro in my loose grip.I turned to the Mazda powertrain engineer sitting beside me.“Didn’t engineers … [Read more...] about Mazda: Breaking New Ground In Torque Steer?
Oliver writes:Sajeev,In December of 2011, through an unfortunate chain of events, I became the not-so-proud owner of a 2007 Malibu. True to its origin as an ex-fleet car, it is saddled with the miserly 4-banger engine rather than the still-slow-but-adequate V6. The only positive attributes of this car are its cheap cost to own and excellent fuel economy for its size. It presently has about 80,000 miles on it – I expect to get another 40K out of it before the transmission implodes (domestic automatic – you get what you pay for).Currently, my wife is driving it (poor woman deserves a medal) – despite the obvious untenability of this situation; her only complaint is that the steering feels “loose.” We recently took a trip on a highway and I verified that the steering wheel feels like a cheap arcade wheel from the ‘90’s, to the point where it almost seems to turn itself (much like the platter on an Ouija board).Our mechanic took a look at the … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Better Steering without the Better Car?
Perhaps more than any other vehicle component, a steering wheel must function properly for the safe operation of a car or truck. Without it, you’re just along for the ride.That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking three reports of steering wheels detaching from the column in late-model Ford Fusions so seriously. In one case, the wheel came off in the driver’s hands. The agency has now opened a preliminary investigation into three model years of the Fusion.According to the NHTSA, an investigation began on October 23rd. An investigation doesn’t necessarily signal an impending recall or a widespread problem, but it does show the complaints were serious enough to warrant further action.In this case, the three complaints are indeed alarming. The NHTSA claims that, in those cases, the steering wheel fastening bolts came loose on 2014 to 2016 model-year Fusions. The scope of the investigation covers approximately 841,000 … [Read more...] about NHTSA Probing Ford Fusion Steering Wheel Detachments