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GaryL
#1 Posted : 06 March 2019 07:58:36(UTC)
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Hi All

I have noticed that my steering wheel is off to the left when the wheels are straight so driving along in a straight line I have to have the wheel over to the right.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

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#2 Posted : 06 March 2019 08:07:39(UTC)
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I also have this issue after fitting a refurbished wheel. Clearly the splines aren’t exactly the same wheel to wheel. It’s only about one degree but really spoils the new wheel.

 

the solution appears to be to re center by adjusting the track rod ends with the wheel centred. Simple job at most tyre centres

 

im waiting for full geo after fitting lowered springs and will look to sort it then

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#3 Posted : 06 March 2019 08:27:50(UTC)
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It could be that someone had the steering wheel off before and fitted it in the position.

Mine was out slightly, (although not as much as yours) and was corrected during a 4 wheel alignment.

Whilst the tracking was true, one side track rod was adjusted longer than the other causing the wheel to be slightly out of whack.

 

You could take the steering wheel off and move it clockwise a couple of splines, just be careful of the airbag.

 

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#4 Posted : 06 March 2019 08:38:17(UTC)
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Thanks guys

This is the original steering wheel and has never been removed so maybe I need to take it to a tyre centre. I am thinking of getting a new steering wheel later in the year so I'll make sure I don't end up with the same problem.

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Gary
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#5 Posted : 06 March 2019 09:42:03(UTC)
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Any idea when this changed? It shouldn’t just move. Have you kerbed it recently to disturb the alignment? If so might be worth a closer look at the front end just in case.

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#6 Posted : 06 March 2019 12:07:40(UTC)
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This problem normally occurs when track rod ends are replaced with new., if the steering wheel isn't properly centred before re-setting the tracking.

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#7 Posted : 06 March 2019 16:09:56(UTC)
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Please avoid any old tyre centre.

Try and find a local professional 4-wheel "Hunter" or similar laser business.

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#8 Posted : 08 March 2019 22:02:55(UTC)
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#9 Posted : 14 March 2019 18:35:08(UTC)
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Sorry thanks for all your replies, really useful.

I have now taken it back to the tyre specialsit 5 times and (although better) the wheel is still out of alignment. The place I took it SETyres in Epsom is usually very good but I think I may have waisted £30.

Does anyone know of somewhere to take this (maybe the Mazda dealer?) near me in Epsom Surrey?

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GaryL
#10 Posted : 14 March 2019 18:35:11(UTC)
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Sorry thanks for all your replies, really useful.

I have now taken it back to the tyre specialsit 5 times and (although better) the wheel is still out of alignment. The place I took it SETyres in Epsom is usually very good but I think I may have waisted £30.

Does anyone know of somewhere to take this (maybe the Mazda dealer?) near me in Epsom Surrey?

Thanks

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#11 Posted : 14 March 2019 19:06:07(UTC)
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Don't waste any more money. Take it back to one of them to get it fixed again properly. You have already paid for this.

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