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Old 06-24-2005, 11:22 AM   #1
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Question Silly question - steering wheel related

I noticed my steering wheel seems to be off center (slightly to the right). Is there anyway to easily adjust this so the steering wheel is center? Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2005, 11:33 AM   #2
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Make sure you're not just band-aiding an actual alignment/tire issue though (i.e. car tracks straight / no funny tire wear etc.)
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Old 06-24-2005, 11:38 AM   #3
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I'm assuming you mean the steering wheel is turned slightly when driving straight? Usually this indicates that the car is dog-tracking, which is quite common on FWD cars, but I don't know how common it is on a AWD. Basically dog-tracking is when your rear axle and your front axle are not parallel. Have you ever followed a car down the road and noticed its rear wheels aren't following in the same tracks as the front wheels? That's dog-tracking. Your first step should be to should check your alignment.
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Old 06-24-2005, 12:53 PM   #4
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car tracks perfectly. perhaps its what someone else suggested, the rack bushings need replacing. any write-up on how to do this? Maybe I'll buy some Whitelines.
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Old 06-24-2005, 01:03 PM   #5
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Old 06-25-2005, 09:49 AM   #6
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Somebody just posted on this in another thread....

Drive car and park, with *wheels* pointed straight ahead.

Turn engine off, remove key...won't hurt to wait a minute or two, since you'll be playing with an airbag.

Release airbag, two T30 torx screws, via holes in steering wheel cover on either side (you may wish to unplug both horns before doing this...mine torqued the airbag/horn switch assy enough to actuate horns). Airbag assembly will flop loose. Disconnect airbag at the back of the airbag module: with a fine flat-tip, gently pry up the yellow insert from black body of plug; then pull plug straight up and away from airbag module. Set air bag aside, with black plastic cover facing up.

Make some kind of witness mark on shaft and steering wheel, so you can judge how much of an offset you want to try. Try making a very *small* offset in repositioning the wheel, first.

The steering wheel nut is 17mm. Remove it, then pop wheel loose from shaft by (repeatedly) banging it towards you with both hands...mine took quite a few "pops" before it decided to cooperate. When you replace it, don't even think of putting any locktite on the splines, lol.
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Old 06-25-2005, 02:38 PM   #7
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Somebody just posted on this in another thread....

Drive car and park, with *wheels* pointed straight ahead.

Turn engine off, remove key...won't hurt to wait a minute or two, since you'll be playing with an airbag.

Release airbag, two T30 torx screws, via holes in steering wheel cover on either side (you may wish to unplug both horns before doing this...mine torqued the airbag/horn switch assy enough to actuate horns). Airbag assembly will flop loose. Disconnect airbag at the back of the airbag module: with a fine flat-tip, gently pry up the yellow insert from black body of plug; then pull plug straight up and away from airbag module. Set air bag aside, with black plastic cover facing up.

Make some kind of witness mark on shaft and steering wheel, so you can judge how much of an offset you want to try. Try making a very *small* offset in repositioning the wheel, first.

The steering wheel nut is 17mm. Remove it, then pop wheel loose from shaft by (repeatedly) banging it towards you with both hands...mine took quite a few "pops" before it decided to cooperate. When you replace it, don't even think of putting any locktite on the splines, lol.

......DO NOT remove it.....loosen it enough that there are a couple threads left.....when the wheel comes loose, it MIGHT just deceide to redecorate your face if the nut is off and enough force is used.....once the wheel is loose, THEN take the nut off

....and don't ask me how I know....
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Old 06-25-2005, 05:21 PM   #8
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Why not just have it done the correct way. A proper alignment INCLUDES the steering wheel being centered. A steering wheel off center could be as simple as adjusting the two tie rods or the alignment could be off in other adjustments. Most cars have a mark on the steering shaft which indicates the steering rack is centered and the steering wheel goes on centered using that mark. If you mess with the steering wheel with respect to the shaft center your bandading what ought not to be. Fix it correctly.

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Old 06-25-2005, 09:08 PM   #9
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Yeah, mine's off center too, about 5* to the left. I'm gonna be at the dealer on monday, I'll see if they'll do anything about it, otherwise I'll just go to Firestone and get an alignment.
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Turn engine off, remove key...won't hurt to wait a minute or two, since you'll be playing with an airbag.

Release airbag, two T30 torx screws, via holes in steering wheel cover on either side (you may wish to unplug both horns before doing this...mine torqued the airbag/horn switch assy enough to actuate horns). Airbag assembly will flop loose. Disconnect airbag at the back of the airbag module: with a fine flat-tip, gently pry up the yellow insert from black body of plug; then pull plug straight up and away from airbag module. Set air bag aside, with black plastic cover facing up.
Just a note on this, great info. I used it to safely pull my air bag for a different issue. Disconnected the neg terminal from the battery first though.

As for pulling the black and orange connectors from the air bag gas generator pack (the metal pack behind the air bag that is bolted on by 4 8mm nuts), I found it easier to pry up the ends of the orange and black connectors. Near the opposite end of where they contact the gas pack, there is a little clip on each side of the little black and orange connectors. When you gently pry those up, it uses its own leverage to push up the yellow locking device on the top closer to the terminals that make contact.

Once those were up just a bit, I used my fingernail to pull the yellow out the remainder of the way.
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