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Old 08-09-2007, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default Parking car with front wheels turned.... bad?

used to not care where my front tires were when I put my car in park, but someone told me the other day its bad for the suspension and/or power steering. Is this true?

I have a brand new 07 Charger, 600 miles so far.
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:04 PM   #2
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Default Parking car with front wheels turned.... bad?

I would tend to doubt it ... in fact, it is actually recommended to do this when parked on an incline.
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:17 PM   #3
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Default Parking car with front wheels turned.... bad?

I've never heard such a thing, and we were instructed as to which direction to turn our wheels when parking on a hill in driver's ed.
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:58 PM   #4
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Default Parking car with front wheels turned.... bad?

False. Whoever told you that is very confused.

Turning the steering wheel to full lock and physically holding it there with the engine running is indeed bad for the power steering system, but if the car's off or if your hands are not holding the steering wheel against it's stop, you're not doing any damage whatsoever. When you turn the steering to full lock with the engine running, you can hear the pump groan a little, for a couple seconds that's fine, but you don't want to hold it there for a couple minutes.

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Old 08-09-2007, 09:12 PM   #5
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Default Parking car with front wheels turned.... bad?

I habitually straighten my wheels when parking so I don't accidentally side swipe the car next to me when I try to leave (if I forget to straighten out). I never reverse fast enough for me not to catch myself doing something stupid... it's more just force of habit. Someone probably told me to do that when I was learning to drive and it stuck with me.

I've never heard of it being bad for the suspension or power steering.
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:27 PM   #6
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Default Parking car with front wheels turned.... bad?

i've been told to straighten my car out when i park. i guess since i see 90% of other cars are parked like this, i should do it too...
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:30 PM   #7
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Default Parking car with front wheels turned.... bad?

if your on hill turn the wheel, if it's flat why bother

if anything you might wear the tires a micro amount faster
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:31 PM   #8
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Default Parking car with front wheels turned.... bad?

After living in San Franciso for years, I habitually curb my wheels when I'm parked on any kind of incline (including, as luck would have it, in front of my house). No problem, ever.
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Old 08-10-2007, 08:16 AM   #9
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The cars look neater straight anyway!
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