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Old 08-02-2016, 10:58 PM   #31
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My 2011 had the same problem and the dealer "straightened" it and aligned it.


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Old 08-03-2016, 12:20 AM   #32
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BBBBBBSSSSS. Find a wheel alignment shop that uses a real mechanic. Centering the steering wheel is a simple process. May take a bit of time but simple nonetheless.
Yeah that's the thing they don't want spend the time
For the cost of the alignment
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Old 08-03-2016, 03:42 PM   #33
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There is no spline shaft on the steering wheel like most cars.

However, As mentioned by Oganfarm, the control arm is splined where it connents to the steering gear box. This arm can be removed and re-positioned just like you would a steering wheel shaft on a car.

You can see the arm (item #9) on this lube chart.

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http://2001mirada.com/DOWNLOAD/f-53lubepoints.jpg
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Old 08-03-2016, 05:02 PM   #34
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You could also pop the steering wheel as someone mentioned, I'm not sure if the steering wheel is indexed or not? (Some cars are), but the shaft is easier. Someone also mentioned that your steering will not be equal, i.e. you can now turn sharper one direction over the other, , but I doubt you will ever notice it.
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You could also pop the steering wheel as someone mentioned, I'm not sure if the steering wheel is indexed or not? (Some cars are), but the shaft is easier. Someone also mentioned that your steering will not be equal, i.e. you can now turn sharper one direction over the other, , but I doubt you will ever notice it.
It's a done deal it's straight. There will be no difference I just moved the coupling from the linkage over 2 splines on the gear box
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Old 08-14-2016, 05:42 PM   #36
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Don't blame the shops or FR. Ford makes the F53 with one solid Tie rod which connects both wheel hubs with one adjustment for toe. The steering box is connected in the tie rod. In most vehicles there are a left and right tie rod so you can make a separate adjustment for each side and center the wheel.

The shops usually center the steering wheel by removing it and centering it on another spline. The amount of shift is not enough to make a difference in the steering operation. Changing the shaft spline position is a also acceptable.
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Before taking possession of my new 335DSF I told the dealer to straighten the wheel. They took it to a Ford service center and had it realigned. No problem.
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