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Author Topic: Side wind  (Read 3984 times)

Offline andrix007

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Side wind
« on: February 28, 2015, 07:47:11 AM »
Hi . Just wanted to know if all Galaxies are sensitive to side wind or I have suspension problem .

Thanks

Offline insanitybeard

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Re: Side wind
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2015, 12:57:46 PM »
Any particular circumstances you're referring to? As with any vehicle like a people carrier or transit sized van with a large side area and standing taller from the ground compared to an average car, they will be affected by crosswinds. Of course other factors such as suspension softness and ride height will also play their part.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2015, 01:06:35 PM by insanitybeard »
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Offline andrix007

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Re: Side wind
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2015, 11:45:40 PM »
It is very unpleasent ride in windy day. When doing 70 mph on motorway I can feel every gust - car is difficult to steer. :o

Offline barlidge

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Re: Side wind
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2015, 12:44:35 AM »
Slow down then  :P

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Re: Side wind
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2015, 12:18:31 AM »
How many miles on your galaxy?
Mine on 116k with original suspension is fine I feel, yes it gets blown about but then so does my very low slung BMW Z3.
Nothing I would call 'difficult to steer' though...

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Re: Side wind
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2015, 07:46:34 AM »
Mine done 93 k . My work van (Transit ) feels much better in cross-winds . May be faulty shockers ?

Offline Dino D

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Re: Side wind
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2015, 11:07:55 PM »
Was very windy the last couple of days and following a transit van got me thinking about this thread again.
The Galaxy does move about and the Transit in front looked more the planted but also noticed how wide the track is on the transit and how the wheels are right out towards the edge of arches.
In comparison the galaxy's wheels sit quite inboard in relation the body.
Widening the track with spacers would help but not sure spacers on such a heavy car with big load lugging capacity is good unless they are very high quality items bolted the hubs first..

Offline Stumuzz

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Re: Side wind
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2015, 07:58:11 PM »
I did my yearly baccy run Sunday and the winds were very strong over France and Belgium.
I did get a few gusts twitch my Gal but so did all the other cars and lorries.
Still didn't stop me keeping to their speed limits ::) :D

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Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Side wind
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2019, 03:36:41 PM »
Does it sway around in the wind? Yes.

I once had an aerodynamic saab with a long wheel base and that thing stuck to the road like glue and always went in a straight line. My Alhamb at motorway speeds in gusty terrain is like driving an unladen juggernaut over the QE2 bridge. Gotta focus and keep hands firmly on that wheel. Remember, they are minivans, not high performance sports cars.
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

 

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