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I have to hold my steering wheel slightly off center to keep the car straight - I would usually think this is just the tracking or the wheel balancing - but I've just had a full set of Toyo's put on and had the tracking done.

Do you think it could be lopesided suspension needing some pumping or do you think the tracking not done proper and I should tack it back?

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It could be that the tracking hasn't been done very well, did you have proper 4 wheel tracking done? I would go to another place and have the tracking checked.
 

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I have to hold my steering wheel slightly off center to keep the car straight - I would usually think this is just the tracking or the wheel balancing - but I've just had a full set of Toyo's put on and had the tracking done.

Do you think it could be lopesided suspension needing some pumping or do you think the tracking not done proper and I should tack it back?

Cheers!
When your car is 'tracked' the steering wheel should be locked in the centre position and any adjustment to the tracking done on 'Both' wheels, what does tend to happen though is the adjustment is just done via one or the other wheel which tends to throw the steering out of centre!.
 

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As above, sounds like your tracking not right. I slid into a kerb last year (being an idiot) and knocked the steering out of alignment. You could let the steering wheel go on a straight bit of road, the car would travel straight, but the steering wheel was turned slightly to the right.
 

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This is my biggest bug bear too. Even getting the tracking done at Micheldever tyres (generally regarded to be good) twice my wheel isnt quite central. I wouldnt care if the F didnt have those 'ten to two' handgrips!
 

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Hi all,

I have the same problem as the above on my '98 F. I have recently had my wheel alignment corrected - it was out by 5 degrees on the off-side and 3 degrees on the near-side. Prior to having my alignment sorted, the steering wheel was level when driving in a straight line which now seems quite odd, being that it was so far out of kilter. Since having the alignment corrected, the wheel has to be held quite far to the right to keep a straight line.

The mechanic assures me that the tracking is spot-on and that the wheel should be level. If all is well with the steering geometry, is it a safe and sensible idea to straighten the steering wheel by loosening the bolt at the bottom of the steering column (Just above the pedal) to level the steering wheel? I am beginning to think a previous owner did this to have the steering wheel level on a straight line, only with the tracking not set correctly.

Seems like a starightforward adjustment to me but don't want to touch it for fear of any implications relating to the EPAS or anything else.
 

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if the car travels in a straight line, then it is the steering wheel, but you adjust by removing the steering wheel. Follow the instructions here to the letter, remember the air bag is an explosive device ;), gently pull the steering wheel off the splines and rotate it to get the wheel aligned.
 

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Thanks for the info Pete. Should have stopped off at your site first, shouldn't I?!?

I'm happy that the car travels in a straight line when the wheels are straight, it just seems to be that the steering wheel has been thrown out since the wheels were aligned. Might just live with it for now, I'm a bit squeamish about removing the airbag!
 

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Dekz, that sounds like a more plausible explanation than I came up with! I did give them a call after the alignment was done to have a moan about the steering wheel sitting a bit wonky but they were keen to suggest that was down to something else.

I'm going to take the car to another specialist to have the four-wheel alignment re-checked and hopefully have the steering wheel sorted at the same time.
 

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I had the tracking set on a car a few years ago and they fitted a clamp to the steering wheel which was wedged onto the seat. This was to ensure the wheel stayed in the correct position while the adjustments were made. Probably too much bother to do this in many fast fit type places.
 

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For those of you down south, ATS in Petersfield did a great job, my steering wheel is straight and true and the handling is awesome.
 

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Sorry for pulling this up, but this fits in quite well:

After my front wishbones have been changed yesterday morning my steering wheel isn't centered anymore when I want to keep the car straight.

I assume it's just the screw at the bottom and the mechanic has forgotten to re-balance ? It was okay before (tracking okay, no pulling left or right and steering wheel was centered). Will it settle after a few days ? Mechanic told me that he didn't touch anything which has got something to do with the tracking and a re-alignment isn't necessary.

Need some advice please, I am tempted to go outside and slacken this screw :lol:
 

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Thanks David, I really wanted to hear something different tbh
... my mech (exMGR) told me it is NOT necessary :irked:

Will see what he tells me when I call him after a few days of driving ... thanks anyway mate :)
 

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Grrrrr bye bye another 60 Euros. Will try to fit the compliance washers before getting a 4-wheel alignment.

There's hope I can do it for myself :)
 
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