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my 04 Continental Gt has just developed heavy steering but

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my 04 Continental Gt has just developed heavy steering but only in forward gears, ECU has been changed any ideas
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Car
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Expert:  Matt replied 3 years ago.
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it would be well worth checking out the condition of the suspension balljoints as if one has partially seized you'll get a lot of extra steering load

jack the car up so the wheel is off the ground (you’ll need to do this for both sides) and shake the tyre from top to bottom and from side to side (with someone holding the steering wheel on the front) there should be no play in either direction. Any play in 1 direction will usually require a joint to be replaced, if there’s play in both directions then the wheel bearing may be at fault.

Now with the car jacked up on that side with the wheel about 2 inches off the ground use a steel bar under the wheel and lever the wheel up and down slightly, you should be able to look at the end of the axle and see if the suspension arm is moving up and down separately to the axle.If so replace the bush
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi, It does not appear to be a suspension problem, it is fine in reverse.

but feels like the steering is "firming up" too soon rather than at speed.

At 70mph all feels good, at slow speed however feels heavy/stiff.

Expert:  Matt replied 3 years ago.
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it would be worthwhile checking the tyre pressures also as the way that the suspension geometry works means that steering loads are naturally lower in reverse than when travelling forwards

buyt if this is OK then I'd check that you have the latest software loaded into the steering controller and if thats OK try jacking up the front of the car to get the front wheels of the ground and ensure that the steering turns freely so chekcing the column and motor bearings
Expert:  Matt replied 3 years ago.
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do you still need help with this?