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Old 03-02-2013, 05:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do I straighten the steering wheel

Steering wheel is cocked to the left while driving straight down the road, just had a front end alignment and it still is cocked, any ideas?
Can I just take off the steering wheel and reinstall it straight?


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They should have fixed it with alignment first of all. you can loosen it in the engine compartment an move it straight.
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take it back and have them redo the alignment. it should have been set straight the first time around.
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It's typically not that easy to pull a steering wheel. If there's no controls, air bag or anything (and I don't think there is on yours) it may be possible but it usually required a special puller. They should have straightened the wheel, secured it in place and then completed the alignment. But if you didn't tell them, they probably left it as it was perhaps figuring it was what you were used to. As I remember it, the right way to fix it is to adjust the tierods equally on each side until the wheel is straight along with the tires. But I'd try to have them fix it as you don't want to risk changing the toe-in which can lead to premature tire wear.
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How do I straighten the steering wheel

Ok, the dealer did the alignment, surprised they didn't get it right?
Actually I'm assuming they did the alignment. I had the front end suspension recall done in my '92 and figured they'd have to do an alignment when they were done.


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If you paid to have the alignment done, take it back and have them do it again...right. Part of doing an alignment is getting the wheel straight. I've worked in a shop doing alignments and that's just p*ss poor workmanship. Especially at a dealership.
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It's not that hard to pull the steering wheel, if you have a puller (what, doesn't everyone?! ; ) ). Yet I agree.. if you paid to have it aligned, take it back and have them do it again, and tell them not to pull the steering wheel.

On just about every Toyota I've owned post-'80s, with the front-end off the ground, there was a definite place that the steering wheel would indicate that it was centered. This helped when remove the steering wheel (such as when working under the dash), and being sure to put it back on in the right place... gently install the wheel, center, remove and put it back on centered, then torque. If it's there to center the wheel, then it should be there to center the alignment.
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you CAN pull off the steering wheel to center it but that's not the right way. Reason being that the steering box should be centered to keep the geometry symmetrical between the wheels. If the geometry isn't centered and you pull the wheel off to center the wheel, you aren't fixing the problem. It's like spraying cheap paint over rust...you're just covering it up and it'll come back and bite you. Might only be that the tires last 50k miles instead of 70k but it's still there.
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