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Old 08-01-2016, 05:56 PM   #1
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Alignment shop said there is no adjustment for steering wheel.

Went get my alignment done. 1800 miles. Shop told me in order for the alignment to be in spec the steering wheel couldn't be straight. There is no adjustment for just the steering wheel like a car. My steering wheel is at about 10 o'clock going straight. Any one have experience in this. They told me to call manufacture or dealer to see how to straighten steering wheel. Btw it wasn't straight before the alignment but it was about 11 o'clock so wasn't far off.
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:32 PM   #2
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I am no front end mechanic.... But I am calling BS. Find another shop.


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Old 08-01-2016, 06:44 PM   #3
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Went get my alignment done. 1800 miles. Shop told me in order for the alignment to be in spec the steering wheel couldn't be straight. There is no adjustment for just the steering wheel like a car. My steering wheel is at about 10 o'clock going straight. Any one have experience in this. They told me to call manufacture or dealer to see how to straighten steering wheel. Btw it wasn't straight before the alignment but it was about 11 o'clock so wasn't far off.
I don't know if the steering wheel can be straighten or not. It seems logical to me that it can, but then again, what do I know?

I call BS on them telling YOU to call the manufacture or dealer. I am not sure how that would have played out if it were me.
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Old 08-01-2016, 07:06 PM   #4
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Well, perhaps it is true and perhaps not. On a rack and pinion car system there is no adjustment for wheel position either, however you can easily re-center the wheel by dialing in both sides in the same direction to compensate.
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Old 08-01-2016, 07:09 PM   #5
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X3 on the BS. They're supposed to lock the steering wheel straight then bring the tires/wheels to straight via tie rod & sleeve adjustment at the pitman arm (that's the arm that's attached to the steering box). X2 on find a more reputable shop!
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Old 08-01-2016, 07:10 PM   #6
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Went get my alignment done. 1800 miles. Shop told me in order for the alignment to be in spec the steering wheel couldn't be straight. There is no adjustment for just the steering wheel like a car. My steering wheel is at about 10 o'clock going straight. Any one have experience in this. They told me to call manufacture or dealer to see how to straighten steering wheel. Btw it wasn't straight before the alignment but it was about 11 o'clock so wasn't far off.
Obviously there is an adjustment otherwise every E450 that comes from the factory would be crooked. I guess the last ditch adjustment if all else fails though is to remove the steering wheel and reinstall it.
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Obviously there is an adjustment otherwise every E450 that comes from the factory would be crooked. I guess the last ditch adjustment if all else fails though is to remove the steering wheel and reinstall it.

Most steering column/shafts have a flat spot or uneven splined so the steering wheel will only fit in one position.
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After my alignment they didn't know how to straiten it so I brought it home and behind the front left tire the steering shaft attaches to the steering box with a spline. I took out the bolt and turned it so that it was strait and put the bolt back in. 5-10 min. Job
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Most steering column/shafts have a flat spot or uneven splined so the steering wheel will only fit in one position.
Why must designers make everything difficult these days? I had no problem with my 70s steering wheels LOL!!
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After my alignment they didn't know how to straiten it so I brought it home and behind the front left tire the steering shaft attaches to the steering box with a spline. I took out the bolt and turned it so that it was strait and put the bolt back in. 5-10 min. Job
Thanks what chassis you have?
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