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jamiebrown

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hey guys my steering wheel is on a bit of an angle every time i drive it. if i hold the wheel straight it pulls to the left. would that just be in need of a wheel alignment or what? thanks.
 

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if you let got the wheel that the car remains straight then in most cases (most) you can assume it is not the wheel alignment..

after you have a wheel alignment and the problem remains then take the steering wheel off and relocate it to suit...

wheel alignments are cheep, you should start with that... although the easy option would be just to remove the wheel and relocate it...

my ute was doing the same, i put up with it for a few weeks because i knew a wheel alignment was coming... after wheel alignment it was better but i still moved the steering wheel now is perfect.
 

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Moving the steering wheel is not the correct way to do it as it moves the rack off centre and it affects your toe out on turns. (Have you ever heard a car go around a tight corner slowly but the tyres were squealing?) If your steering wheel is crooked after a wheel alignment, the rack is not centralized. The correct way to do it is to set the wheel to the straight ahead position and adjust the tie rods until the wheels are straight.

On most cars, to get the wheel straight and the front wheels pointing straight ahead, you need what is called a compensated (or thrust) wheel alignment, this adjusts the steering perpendicular to the thrust line of the diff.

On vehicles with rear toe adjustment a full four wheel alignment is necessary.
 

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Moving the steering wheel is not the correct way to do it as it moves the rack off centre and it affects your toe out on turns. (Have you ever heard a car go around a tight corner slowly but the tyres were squealing?) If your steering wheel is crooked after a wheel alignment, the rack is not centralized. The correct way to do it is to set the wheel to the straight ahead position and adjust the tie rods until the wheels are straight.

On most cars, to get the wheel straight and the front wheels pointing straight ahead, you need what is called a compensated (or thrust) wheel alignment, this adjusts the steering perpendicular to the thrust line of the diff.

On vehicles with rear toe adjustment a full four wheel alignment is necessary.
Right, so we just need to go to our tyre shop and ask for the most expensive wheel alignment? :p
 

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Moving the steering wheel is not the correct way to do it as it moves the rack off centre and it affects your toe out on turns. (Have you ever heard a car go around a tight corner slowly but the tyres were squealing?) If your steering wheel is crooked after a wheel alignment, the rack is not centralized. The correct way to do it is to set the wheel to the straight ahead position and adjust the tie rods until the wheels are straight.

On most cars, to get the wheel straight and the front wheels pointing straight ahead, you need what is called a compensated (or thrust) wheel alignment, this adjusts the steering perpendicular to the thrust line of the diff.

On vehicles with rear toe adjustment a full four wheel alignment is necessary.
+1 to this. (except the toe out on turns bit. :) This comes from the angle of the steering arms)


Right, so we just need to go to our tyre shop and ask for the most expensive wheel alignment? :p
Just ask for a standard alignment and tell them the wheel is not straight.
They still should fit the rear cameras to check the thrust angle, as stated above.
 

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+1 to this. (except the toe out on turns bit. :) This comes from the angle of the steering arms)
Which are connected to the rack. If the one tie rod is shorter than the other it will pull that wheel in further when turning, thus putting the toe out on turns out.
 
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