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    My car was pulling to the left for a while so I just had the tracking done and new tyres on the front.

    Unfortunatly the steering wheel is now no longer centred when the car is going in a straight line... not a big problem as it's only out by a couple of degrees, just a minor annoyance.

    Anyone else got this? Is it due to the wheel not being clamped in place properly before the car was tracked?

    Any suggestions on how to sort it

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    Mines the same although I haven't had my car set up yet.

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    Take it back to the tyre depot where the tracking was done and ask them to sort it.
    It should be easy enough for them to move both track rods slightly to centre the steering wheel. Thats really the only way it can be done when there is such a small amount of movement involved.

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    My guess, from personal experience, is that the tracking is 100% OK and that the steering wheel was clamped in the correct position but...........

    The rear wheels are out of alignment. Therefore the fronts have been set to the rears and, in theory, the fronts are following the same line as the rears. You've got perfect parallel geometry between the front and rears, it's just that the rears (one or both) is, to put it bluntly, pointing the wrong way.

    Little bit of the techy stuff http://www.wheels-inmotion.co.uk/tec...ignsystems.php
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    I also have this problem. I had my tracking done and still have the problem. I'm thinking of removing the steering wheel and placing it back on "a few splines to the left" on the column. The only problem with that is having to remove the battery and the airbag

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    As gtr1000 says, it's probably the rears not set correctly, basically the rears need to be set spot on to get the correct thrust angle and then the front can be set against that and providing the steering wheel has been set in the correct straight ahead position and there is no play in the steering components, all should be well, one thing to bear in mind is the road camber e.g roads with -ve camber (most of ours) will possibly see the steering wheel slightly to the right, depending on amount of camber, so best to check on level road or middle lane of motorway seems to be a good one.
    Cheers Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by old cruiser View Post
    As gtr1000 says, it's probably the rears not set correctly, basically the rears need to be set spot on to get the correct thrust angle and then the front can be set against that and providing the steering wheel has been set in the correct straight ahead position and there is no play in the steering components, all should be well, one thing to bear in mind is the road camber e.g roads with -ve camber (most of ours) will possibly see the steering wheel slightly to the right, depending on amount of camber, so best to check on level road or middle lane of motorway seems to be a good one.
    Cheers Pete
    Guess we'll just have to keep banging the drum when it comes to alignment

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    Absolutely mate.
    Cheers Pete

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