My steering has to move freely. What can be the issue? , 2008 Suzuki Swift

my steering is eps I want it move more freely I have put a sports handle but I m enjoying it as power steering can u help me understand the problem

My car has 20 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

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Hello – you don’t mention a power interruption to the vehicle (such as changing the battery), but it sounds as though the battery may have been disconnected, and the steering angle sensor (part of the EPS system) needs to be re-calibrated to reduce the steering wheel effort. To re-calibrate the steering angle sensor:

1.) Go to a location where the road is level, and you can safely drive straight for a few seconds.
2.) Remove the battery cable for 1 minute.
3.) Set the steering wheel in a straight-ahead position.
4.) Re-attach battery cable.
5.) Start car and drive straight forward at 10 mph for a few seconds or until the SLIP indicator is turned off.

If this fails to reset the EPS system, I would recommend having a Steering Wheel is Hard to Turn Inspection completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose this problem, get an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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The steering angle calibration is as simple as centering the steering wheel, turning on the ignition switch, then turning lock-to-lock starting left then right and returning to center.
The steering wheel can be adjusted by single manual control. Under the steering column, right below the wheel, there is a small lever that lies flat against the column. It can be pulled to adjust the height and depth of the steering wheel.
Every time the vehicle`s battery is disconnected or discharged, the Steering Angle Neutral Point memorization and the Steering Sensor Zero Point Calibration must be performed.
Look below the wheel to the steering column and pull the lever there. Once the lever is down, make the adjustments. Push or pull the steering wheel to change its depth. Whenever you feel the adjustment is made, either push the lever back or move on to adjust the height.
Because it`s an electronically-controlled system, it`s easy to alter the characteristics of electric power steering to suit individual preferences. Specifically, you can alter the steering weight to radically improve steering feel and high speed stability.
All you need to do is turn off your engine, then restart it so the light can reset. In most cases, it should come back on, and this only indicates that it may have thought it suspected a problem due to a mistake in the computer system.
Go into the Wheel Alignment System, select Wheel Alignment, then Reset Memory and you will receive a message: Turn the ignition key off and wait for at least five seconds. After five seconds, step on the brake pedal and start the engine.
It is important to reset the steering angle sensors after wheel alignment work because of how they impact other systems within a vehicle such as Dynamic Headlights, Electronic Stability Control, Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Stability Control.
This can cause the vehicle`s stability control system to provide incorrect steering adjustments, resulting in either a loose steering wheel, or the steering not responding in the way it should.

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My steering has to move freely. What can be the issue? , 2008 Suzuki Swift
ANSWER : Hello – you don’t mention a power interruption to the vehicle (such as changing the battery), but it sounds as though the battery may have been disconnected, and the steering angle sensor (part of the EPS system) needs to be re-calibrated to reduce the steering wheel effort. To re-calibrate the steering angle sensor:

1.) Go to a location where the road is level, and you can safely drive straight for a few seconds.
2.) Remove the battery cable for 1 minute.
3.) Set the steering wheel in a straight-ahead position.
4.) Re-attach battery cable.
5.) Start car and drive straight forward at 10 mph for a few seconds or until the SLIP indicator is turned off.

If this fails to reset the EPS system, I would recommend having a Steering Wheel is Hard to Turn Inspection completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose this problem, get an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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