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Old 03-25-2016, 05:13 PM   #11
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I have a 2015 30ds FR3 I had my alignment done and their is only one tie that adjusts total toe, so it can not be used to center the steering wheel. My steering wheel was off center very bad before & after the alignment. I used a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel which does not have a airbag in it and centered it after having the vehicle in a total strait ahead position. Their is not master spline on F53 steering shaft, you just have to be careful with the wiring for the cruise .
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Old 03-25-2016, 05:21 PM   #12
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Back in the day when I went to automotive tech school and did alignments. Setting the steering wheel straight was done by securing it in place physically in the desired position and readjusting the toe-in on both front wheels to spec. If toe in were adjusted by only changing the setting on one tie rod end ( which would still give a proper toe-in) , your steering wheel position would probably not change enough to notice. In your case, both tie rods need to be dialed in. IMHO

X-4 that is the correct way, tie rod adjusters. Find a new alignment shop!
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Old 03-25-2016, 05:36 PM   #13
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IF it has tie rod ends, it can be centered without messing with the steering wheel or shaft unless something is bent.
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:59 PM   #14
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Just went through this with my E450, took it back three times before they
did it right, centered the steering wheel first, secured it, and then did the alignment. That fixed the problem. They didn't want to admit that they
screwed it up the first time but finally redid it correctly and that took care of it.
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:04 PM   #15
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steering wheel off center

my tires had worn so badly on a trip to the grand canyon and back to boston that it wore the tire down to the second and third layer of rubber. My tire guy told me that thing were loose on the front end Took it to a certified ford truck repair shop an hour away in foxboro ma. When done they told me it was within tolerances and did an alignment which was very costly and told me they were not able to center the wheel. It drives fine now but i have about a 5 degree off set on the steering wheel. Believe me i am tired off faulty sales and work in the RV world
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:42 PM   #16
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Hi folks just a little more info on the front end of the FR3. To be able to adjust the steering wheel by using the tie rods each wheel has to be independently adjusted. This can not be done on the FR3 which is on the Ford F53 chassis . Their is only one toe adjustment which adjusts both wheel at the same time. Most cars have toe adjustment on each wheel. The
FR3 does not have this on the straight axle truck front end. If your front end has been aligned simply take it to a mechanic and have them reposition the steering wheel.
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:52 PM   #17
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Hi folks just a little more info on the front end of the FR3. To be able to adjust the steering wheel by using the tie rods each wheel has to be independently adjusted. This can not be done on the FR3 which is on the Ford F53 chassis . Their is only one toe adjustment which adjusts both wheel at the same time. Most cars have toe adjustment on each wheel. The
FR3 does not have this on the straight axle truck front end. If your front end has been aligned simply take it to a mechanic and have them reposition the steering wheel.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:10 PM   #18
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Steering Wheel - Off Center

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Was that dealer in Foxboro Minutemen Ford? They do all the fire truck service in the region and are familiar with the F53 chassis.

Reason I ask is because I'm dropping my rig next week for alignment and to try to str8ten out my wheel too.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:31 PM   #19
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Technoric yes it was minuteman. There service and time line was very good but i doubted that the steering wheel could not be centered. They assured me that thats the way it is and i just wasnt happy spending big money to get an unfinished job.. It rides well now so they did do their job. Drove it to florida for the winter. Taking it back up soon.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:45 PM   #20
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Just about every motor home needs an alignment after the coach body is installed. Ford sends the bare chassis to the MH builder without the alignment since the weight of the coach would alter any alignment done before.
Our 2014 30DS also had the steering wheel off center. When we took it in for the alignment, (which FR paid for) they had to remove the steering shaft to center the steering wheel. Now all is good.
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