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Steering not 'tracking'

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Got the new 04/blue/5sp/ac yesterday (#543). Of course, had to take a drive. I noticed right off that the steering is responsive - too responsive.

At freeway speeds on straight, level, wide roads. I have to continuously 'jiggle' the wheel to keep it inbetween the white lines. It seems to have incremental adjustments rather than smooth moves. I move the steering wheel just a fraction to the right and it seems to take 2 or 3 degrees. This means than within a second I have to nudge it gently to the left which the car then starts drifting for the left white line. Over a few hundred miles this takes up a LOT of attention. I can only imagine what this would be like at 90mph.

I expected it to be more 'sporty' than a Civic/Accord but this is a bit too much. It can not be left 'unattended' for a second, and it does not favor any side. I've had sports cars (and a CRX) for years. This was not expected. If you plot my progress down the road from above it would be a zigzag.

Could it be toe-in?

Anybody else have this problem?
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So the gent at the service area says, "We don't have an opening until June 3rd...and don't expect much, we get a lot of calls that turn out to be nothing...". Thanks for the encouraging words (Goudy Honda, Alhambra).

So I get the number for the Long Beach Honda guys from 411 and spend a few anxious minutes chatting with the service guy explaining my problem. He keeps asking interesting questions with a lot of "HMMMS" and thoughtful pauses. Then he finally asks, "What model Honda is that?".

"Insight", I say.

"Yeaaaahhh... Is that the european model?", he asks tentatively.

It turns out the operator gave me the Bikers Honda number.

"Bring 'er in any Tuesday/Thursday and we give you a shuttle return to work", sez Long Beach Honda CARS. They suggest it is normal handling. But will try it out. I don't think they can get it up to 60mph anywhere within 20 miles of Long Beach anytime outside of 3AM Sunday Morning. They need it all day in case anything is amiss...or in case they get caught in traffic.

I am expecting something just sort of zero from Honda.

Tire change in a pit stop may be next. I'll pump the Bridgestones up to around 50 and give it a try this weekend. Or just ride with it. Too fun a car to toss now. Hmmm, wonder what G force they get for these tires on a skid pad?
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