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Motor Max: Dr Dashboard and Sister Spanner: What do TV pros mean by 'steer'?; EACH week MotorMax medics Dr Dashboard and Sister Spanner treat your motoring ailments and provide help on a range of problems. Whatever you need to know, they're here to help.

Byline: Dr Dashboard and Sister Spanner

QI WATCH all the motoring programmes on TV and presenters are always banging on about oversteer and understeer. I've asked a number of car nut mates about it and they've told me different things. Sister Spanner, I'm a regular reader of your column and you seem to be very knowledgeable about all things motoring so I was wondering if you can tell me what the definitions mean?

John Carlisle, BirminghamSister Spanner says: IT simply refers to how the car reacts when you turn the steering wheel. If the car turns less than you ask it to, it understeers, and if it turns more, it oversteers. Depending on how fast a car is asked to take a corner, it will do one or the other at some point. The faster it can take corners without either, the more neutral the handling is deemed to be. Skilled drivers usually hate understeer and prefer a car to handle neutrally, then gradually oversteer.

STEP-BY-STEP JUMP STARTS

QI'M always leaving my lights on and my car never starts. Can you tell me how to carry out a jump start?

Kerry Fox, BewdleyDr Dashboard says: USING jump leads, first connect the positive terminal (+) of the good battery to the positive terminal of the flat battery.

Then connect the negative terminal (-) of the good battery to a metal (negative earth) engine part of the car with the flat battery (if they're connected negative to negative directly you could burn out the Engine Control Unit).

To make the whole process safer, consider a jump lead kit called the Kangoo, with LED lights that tell you if you've done the job correctly. Call Airflow on 01635 569569 for more

WANTED: A RACY MODEL

QI'VE got pounds 20K to spend and am interested in picking up a nice little sports car. What do you recommend?

Jim Blackburn, LeicesterDr Dashboard says: FOR thatsort of cash there are a number of decent new and used sports cars around. For example you can get a new - and very impressive Mazda MX-5 and have quite a few quid to spare. You could also get yourself a used TVR Chimaera, TVR Griffith or Lotus Elise.

Send your motoring problems to Dr Dashboard or Sister Spanner, Sunday Mercury Motormax, PO Box 78, Weaman Street, Birmingham, B4 6AY or email SundayMercury@mrn.co.uk
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Date:Nov 17, 2002
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