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Old 03-24-2020, 11:56 AM   #1
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'19 Giulia Q4

Default Steering wheel off center

Hi all. Wondering if anyone has an opinion on this one.

For as long as I've owned my 02 wrx, the steering wheel while driving straight has been a couple of degrees clockwise from center. I am going to replace the steering rack soon and would like to fix this if possible. My question is if there is a way to tell if the off centered wheel is a result of a misaligned clock spring or misaligned steering column linkage?

Any thiughts?
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Old 03-24-2020, 05:46 PM   #2
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Its probably your tie rods not being evenly adjusted from alignments over the years, easy fix. If its bad, you can remove/realign the splines on the coupler and/or the steering wheel itself
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Old 03-24-2020, 05:56 PM   #3
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You can also check how many turns both ways lock-to-lock it takes to reach maximum steering angle from being straight (wheels straight, not steering wheel). But as mentioned already, a tie-rod adjustment should be able to take care of small amounts of difference. Straightening the wheel is one of the first steps of doing an alignment
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:24 PM   #4
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if you get the car aligned, they will straighten the steering wheel, as well (adjusting the outer tie-rod ends to center it)
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