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Steering stiffer after 2019.36.1.2?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Driving Dynamics' started by cosinea, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. cosinea

    cosinea New Member

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    Has anyone else noticed noticeably stiffer steering since updating to 2019.36.1.2?

    I updated my Sep 2019 LR/AWD Model 3 yesterday, only to immediately notice stiffer steering across all three steering types (Comfort, Standard, Sporty). Comfort now feels like what was once Standard, Standard feels like Sporty, and Sporty is...sportier (??).

    All driving modes (Creep, Roll, Hold) are equally affected by this...though my guess is that these are unrelated to the stiffness, anyway.

    This is driving me nuts, as I prefer Comfort steering (or rather, what it once was...)
     
  2. NewTMSMan

    NewTMSMan Active Member

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    Have heard others say the same. I did not notice it on our M3P, but admittedly I do not drive it every day.
     
  3. MagnusMako

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    Yep noticed this instantly after the update. Decided to take it out of Sport steering that I normally had on and moved it down to the Standard steering. Just a bit too stiff for my liking.
     
  4. Big Dog

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    I thought it was just me as the wheel even in Standard seems a lot more responsive. (LR / RWD)
     
  5. Orwell

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    I noticed it as well. I like it.

    It's part of the range improvement. Less power steering assist means less power consumed, therefore more range.

    Just kidding, I don't know if that's true, but just thinking out loud.
     
  6. Occhis

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    There was no range increase in this update, only a 5% power increase.
     
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    I thought it was mostly tied to the fact that when in the new "hold" mode, there's more pedal effort at low speed, thus the steering can feel like more effort is required. Perhaps it really does require more effort?
     
  8. Twiglett

    Twiglett Single pedal driver

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    I noticed that as well
    not just connected to the hold mode which only comes into effect <5mph
     
  9. Azamat

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    Yep, noticed that as well. Changed from Sport to Standard. Tried Sport on highway at 80 MPH - feels really good, in control.
     
  10. cosinea

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    I think I agree that it can feel good at higher (highway) speeds, though the tightness at lower speeds really throws me off, especially when driving or taking turns with one hand.

    Come to think of it, even the accelerator pedal feels like it has a bit more resistance, too..I wonder if this was to counterbalance the increase in power (which is certainly noticeable)?

    In any event, I'm tempted to reach out to Tesla service, if only to make them aware of this "issue."
     

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