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Old 03-05-2002, 09:43 PM   #1
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Question How do you fix a crooked steering wheel???

So after the rally school/X in Ridgecrest my steering wheel is ever so slightly tilted to the left... The alignment seems fine (car goes straight if you let go of the wheel) but the darn thing is just a little crooked!
I'm pretty handy and I own lots of tools. I figure there's some little adjuster somewhere I can play with right??? Do I need special tools?
I appreciate your help everyone I-club rocks

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PS... kewl seeing you in Gatos l;ast night Odesey... I'll try to make it to the skyline drive week after next.
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Old 03-05-2002, 09:45 PM   #2
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My car also seemed to track straight but my wheel was slightly off. Took it in to have it looked at. They did an alignment and found that it was slightly off (even though the car seemed to track straight).

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Old 03-05-2002, 09:57 PM   #3
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Yeah, they'll fix this if you get the car re-aligned. There's really no other way to fix it. Make sure you tell them that this is an issue, as some alignment places won't always lock the steering wheel at center before doing the alignment.
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Old 03-06-2002, 12:04 AM   #4
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ditto what they said ^^^ (and I should know... )
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Old 03-06-2002, 02:01 AM   #5
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alignment should be able to fixed that. mine is crooked too. i'll be getting an alignment soon to fix it. just be sure to tell them to fix the steering alignment. don't they just adjust the steering rods that go across from wheel to wheel near the axles?

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Old 03-06-2002, 02:57 AM   #6
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see... that's what I'm thinking... I really dig tinkering with this kinda stuff... I'm just not sure if there is special tools or equipment involved. I'm more than willing to lend a wrench sometime to anyone who can teach me how to do a wheel alignment at home... I've got a decent work shop .

Yeah casey... (wrxnfx) You SHOULD know

Note to everyone: check out the beached Suby pics on the last page of the hollister hills thread Casey's car had to lift a leg in the bushes


I should really stop giving these guys shat... I could be the next one with stiches in my bumper if I keep it up.

No offense Casey,

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Old 03-06-2002, 03:19 AM   #7
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Yes, they're the same rods that adjust toe in/out. But if you start messing with that, you start talking about doing a self-alignment. You'd basically have to adjust the left and right the same amount.

I don't trust myself enough to do my own alignment. If you do, then that's great.
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Old 03-06-2002, 03:27 AM   #8
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don't know if you guys saw this, but I bought a life-time alignment at Firestone Tires for $154 - keep the receipt in your glove-box, any Firestone Tires across the US will do an alignment for you for nothing as long as you own the car.

As far as I know, there's not restrictions on how many you get, but they reccommend one every 3,000-6,000 miles - so that's at least 2-3 alignments a year, and more for lots of us
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Old 03-06-2002, 12:17 PM   #9
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That was what I was looking for!!! Lifetime alignment!! but i never got a good response. Do they do custom alignments? say you want these specs like before a track day or autox then come back the next day and have it set to street specs? and do they do a good job aligning. I'll be doing that 'group-buy' alignment for now since i don't have the money, but plan to do that lifetime thing later if its worth it. $154 sounds good if i can get a lot of alignments in and they do a good job at it.

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