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Old 04-18-2004, 11:21 PM   #1
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Default Steering Wheel Not Straight = Normal

I find a little problem with the Steering wheel and when I bring it for service, they say this is normal.

Let me explain the problem and I hope you guys would be able to understand. My current STi steering wheel "face" is tilted slightly to the right like \=

The steering wheel face should face me straight and when I hold it. The distance from my shoulder to the steering wheel should be equal BUT for my case, the distance from my left shoulder to the steering wheel is further than right shoulder.

I hope you guys get what i Mean..

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Old 04-18-2004, 11:26 PM   #2
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so wait...

the steering wheel is TURNED..like, when you're going straight the wheel is turned a little bit, looking like the car should be going either left or right?

or the wheel is actually tilted - like if you're facing the wheel from the drivers seat, one side of the wheel is sloping in towards the dash?

This is hard to describe/understand.

If it's the first one, you're probably getting memory steer. This is common on the WRX (not sure 'bout the STi..I know my car has it)and is fixable by replacing the bushings in the steering rack with a better, stiffer set. If the problem is the second one..that **** ain't normal. Which dealer are you taking your car to?
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Old 04-18-2004, 11:42 PM   #3
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or the wheel is actually tilted - like if you're facing the wheel from the drivers seat, one side of the wheel is sloping in towards the dash?
This above is CORRECT.

The problem is, I check out other STi and it seems to be the same and that wonders me.

Anyone with an STI can verify this? The tilting is not extremely bad but enough to see with your eyes.

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Old 04-19-2004, 12:23 AM   #4
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it happened in my WRX after an alignment

hadn't had that problem in my STi yet
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Old 04-19-2004, 01:01 AM   #5
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Are you sure your dashboard just isn't closer to the steering wheel on one side making it appear that it is tilted?
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Old 04-19-2004, 02:04 AM   #6
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It's been like that with me too... It got a little better after an alignment, but it now goes in the opposite direction slightly.

my camber in the rear is slightly out of spec due to lowering springs/struts... but th epull existed even on stock settings
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Old 04-19-2004, 03:52 AM   #7
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Wait wait.. This got nothing to do with the wheel alignment or camber angle. This is just purely the STEERING WHEEL

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Old 04-19-2004, 03:53 AM   #8
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it happened in my WRX after an alignment

hadn't had that problem in my STi yet
But got nothing to do with wheel alignment
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Old 04-19-2004, 04:07 AM   #9
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Maybe your left arm is shorter than your right arm and you just think the steering wheel looks angeled alittle?
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Old 04-19-2004, 04:21 AM   #10
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Maybe your left arm is shorter than your right arm and you just think the steering wheel looks angeled alittle?

Hahha.. Well, my eyes certainly dont make that same mistake

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Old 04-19-2004, 05:17 AM   #11
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do you have a digitial camera you could use to take pics and illustrate?

if not I'd love to look at it on Tuesday night. Check the BAIC forum for directions to UCKK (Union City)
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Old 04-19-2004, 05:26 AM   #12
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Chaddeus, it has everything to do with your alignment! If your wheels are off, then your steering wheel is going to get pulled to the right or left.

Also, i remember reading somewhere that from the factory they only use the driver side bolts to align the car, hence the fairly common problem of the steering wheel not being perfectly centered. Do a quick search, and i think you'll find other people's take on this problem. n00b!!!

(yay! that was my first time!)
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Old 04-19-2004, 08:32 AM   #13
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I THINK the OP is saying, either the wheel is not 'square' with the column and therefore would appear to 'wobble' if spun freely somehow, OR the steering column's axis is not parallel with the front/back plane of the car.

btw, I had a '69 Datsun SRL311 once and it's column was distinctly pointed toward the nose of the car. making the left side of the wheel farther forward thatn the right. Seems like yours is the other way.
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Old 04-19-2004, 02:24 PM   #14
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Chaddeus, it has everything to do with your alignment! If your wheels are off, then your steering wheel is going to get pulled to the right or left.

Also, i remember reading somewhere that from the factory they only use the driver side bolts to align the car, hence the fairly common problem of the steering wheel not being perfectly centered. Do a quick search, and i think you'll find other people's take on this problem. n00b!!!

(yay! that was my first time!)
Just to clarify. On the freeway, my car would go straight even if i dont hold on the steering wheel. I am not sure if you are refering to this issue when you talk about pulling to the left or right.

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Old 04-19-2004, 02:25 PM   #15
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do you have a digitial camera you could use to take pics and illustrate?

if not I'd love to look at it on Tuesday night. Check the BAIC forum for directions to UCKK (Union City)
I'll try to borrow a digital camera and post it here.

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Old 04-19-2004, 02:53 PM   #16
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Ok guys. I got the pictures.

The big picture. As you can see, the gap on the right is more than the left side.


This is a close up for you to see.


This two pictures should describe my problem with the steering wheel.

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Old 04-19-2004, 03:20 PM   #17
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when I was at the dealer they said lots of STi owners have had alignment problems and steering issues, which is probably why the 2005 STi gets a new Steering Rack
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I have a 2002 WRX and the steering wheel has always tilted a little bit to the right. I brought it BRAND NEW, and its been like that since Day 1.
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Old 04-19-2004, 05:45 PM   #19
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I have a 2002 WRX and the steering wheel has always tilted a little bit to the right. I brought it BRAND NEW, and its been like that since Day 1.
Mine is brand new also when i bought it. Now, is this a defective problem issue? Should I persuit this issue?

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Old 04-19-2004, 08:30 PM   #20
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I used to think mine was tilted, but it's the tires. The roads around here are all curved upwards, and the tires on the sti stick into every little groove and pull the steering wheel. But when I find a flat road (rare in pa!) it goes straight and the wheel is straight when I let go.
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Old 04-19-2004, 10:10 PM   #21
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look at his pictures..he's not saying the wheel is turned, he's saying the column is not straight. It's pointing toward the drivers side as it comes out of the column.

That doesn't seem normal to me. Good luck fighting with a dealer though - I had a problem with my drivers seat where it would move while driving. They said that was normal too until I met with the service department foreman. Maybe that's something you could do - or check other members cars. Try posting at www.imprezawrxsti.com
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Old 04-19-2004, 11:47 PM   #22
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chaddeus...I believe I have the same problem too. The steering wheel is slightly turned to the right when the car is moving perfectly straight. When I put the steering wheel straight the car will turn sightly to the left...and this is on a perfectly flat road. Any way to fix it?
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That is PRECISELY what my old datsun looked like as in my post above. Only probably a little worse. Actually, the entire seating position was biased a little - how to describe it?- um - feet 'inboard' (to the right) of where the they 'should' be. I'd bet they are all like this.
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damn...that must be annoying as hell driving with a steering wheel not being centered while going straight....uughh


is the 05 wrx gettin a new steering rack?
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damn...that must be annoying as hell driving with a steering wheel not being centered while going straight....uughh


is the 05 wrx gettin a new steering rack?
never kept me from cornering like a freight train or doing 125 down the highway. But it is kinda one of those things that bothers you a little bit AFTER it pointed out to you. Like "what were they thinking? couldn't they build it right?" I remember the story of a tennis player psyching out his opponent right before a game by asking "Show me the grip you use on the racket. " then "WOW! I bet THAT feels weird!" and walking off. He won.
"Besides, ALL of us sit off to one side right? Brits on the left, us on the right - it works OK. Humans are adaptable, specialization is for insects.
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