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    Smooth Wheel

    I saw a youtube video of a guy testing a Signature and he complained the steering wheel was too smooth. I can kind of see what he means. Has anyone else found it an annoyance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitter View Post
    I saw a youtube video of a guy testing a Signature and he complained the steering wheel was too smooth. I can kind of see what he means. Has anyone else found it an annoyance?
    I guess people don't have enough problems, they have to create more.

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    Depends what he*s used to. Some cars have a kind of knurled finish but I quite like the smooth.

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    The steering wheel on my 2014 touring felt smooth and slick at first.Enough so that I mentioned it to the salesman on a visit soon after buying.After a short while the leather 'broke in' and the grip improved.Guess it's like most things leather that soften with use.I just occasionally wipe it down with a moist cloth.Just my experience.

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    There is a global TSB for early models with the hard finish that went flaky. New steering wheel to be had in that case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anchorman View Post
    There is a global TSB for early models with the hard finish that went flaky. New steering wheel to be had in that case.
    How early? I purchased mine in December 2018.

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    I rub sticky notes on my steering wheel to solve this problem - a pack will treat the entire wheel and last for hours

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    Hilarious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Googleplex View Post
    How early? I purchased mine in December 2018.
    You*ve got a 2018 model with flaking leather?

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    This seems a bit strange to me...I don't find the steering wheel too smooth at all. It has adequate grip for my tastes, and I have no worries about losing control due to the surface being too smooth. That's the only real factor of which I can think that might cause an actual issue, versus just what falls under personal taste. Jmaz is correct that the leather will break in over time and lose some of any perceived slickness.

    And, there are a lot of aftermarket cover solutions for people who aren't fond of their vehicle's factory steering wheel finish or feel, in many price ranges and with many different selections of materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralf11 View Post
    I rub sticky notes on my steering wheel to solve this problem - a pack will treat the entire wheel and last for hours
    What do they say..."Grip harder"?

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    I have an external blue and keep a pad of blue stickies on the dash. Passengers have commented how well coordinated the exterior color and the stickies are. Rubbing the stickie on the wheel did not help until my wife suggested I turn it over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CX_FIVER View Post
    I have an external blue and keep a pad of blue stickies on the dash. Passengers have commented how well coordinated the exterior color and the stickies are. Rubbing the stickie on the wheel did not help until my wife suggested I turn it over.

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    OP I found the perfect solution...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolate View Post
    OP I found the perfect solution...
    In West Virginia, aftermarket steering wheel covers are specifically forbidden by state law. The cops are known to take a utility knife and cut off any offending equipment. I used to think this was a pretty sketchy policy, but now I'm starting to come around on the idea.
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