I just had new winter tires put on my 2003 Honda Civic 4-door LX. The steering has been affected.
The steering now feels "weak" or "light" or "loose". Meaning I now have to turn the wheel further to make my car turn than I did before changing the tires.
For example. Before changing my tires, I would generally turn the steering wheel about three inches to comfortably change lanes. Now I have to turn the wheel about a full quarter turn to have the same affect, so maybe about double the distance.
And to be clear the steering is fine otherwise: doesn't pull, doesn't shake.
I did contact the garage about it and they think it is just the power assist struggling with the bigger tires and bigger tread which are gripping the road more. They also said that it is ok and might improve over time as the new tires "soften".
Does the garage sound correct, and either way, do you have any ideas on how to make the steering the way it was before changing the tires?
After driving for a couple weeks, it does seem more responsive. Plus I think I have gotten used to the now only slightly higher turn requirement. And the grip is great, thanks for the answers.
1 year later put on the tires again but with a different garage (Midas). The steering wheel this time feels like I need to turn it exactly the same as with regular tires, but this time feels harder to turn. This seems more reasonable to me and makes sense... I think the guy I went to before didn't know what he was doing.