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  • Only complete level will do

    99 68.28%
  • Slightly off centre, to the left

    18 12.41%
  • Slightly off centre, to the right

    25 17.24%
  • Mines never been level

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    My steering wheel has been very, very slightly off level for some time
    If and when level the car then points to the offside
    At the last tyre change I had a wheel alignment done and it was adjusted, however it had made the steering wheel out by even more
    I therefore went back, but even with the smallest adjustments they can't get the steering wheel level
    It's only a small fraction
    They made two attempts on Monday and another three attempts today
    I've now left it so that the steering wheel, when level, now points to the nearside (as that was the way I had it on my Vectra B and found that eventually works its way back to level as the tyres wear)

    Does it bother you?

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    Yep, it'd drive me nuts if it was slightly off-centre. No reason why they can't get it exactly centred. Had it in the past, off-centre wheel after something was done on the car and it got thrown back at them to sort out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Yep, it'd drive me nuts if it was slightly off-centre. No reason why they can't get it exactly centred. Had it in the past, off-centre wheel after something was done on the car and it got thrown back at them to sort out.
    I agree, its down to a poor operator doing the wheel alignment there is no reason the wheel cant be dead center.

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    Thinking about it now, mines been slightly off centre to the right since I collected it new from the dealers, Guess it'll go back to the dealers to be sorted now..

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    I have had this before, its down to lazy mechanics only adjusting the tracking at one end of the rack. You need to sit in your car on the ramps get the steering wheel where you want it then most decent trye shops have a clamp they can sit on your seat to hold it there while they adjust both ends of the rack to get the tracking straight. An alternative would be to sit in the car and hold it where you want it until they have made adjustments. Old VWs were always out of line cause their racks only came with adjustment at one end. Once you nudged a kerb you were doomed to have a wonky steering wheel for the life of the car.

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    I noticed that the wheel is a touch off centre on my Insignia, not a lot about 3mm out of being central, and no its not due to road camber.
    Last edited by 67688c; 9th July 2009 at 11:25.

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    Mine was way out after i replaced the track rod ends, but took it to a decent guy local to me who clamped the steering wheel dead center & tracked up both sides & only charged me a tenner

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    Mine was off centre when i first bought it and annoyed the hell out of me,when i fitted the new tie rods earlier this year the guy straightned it up for me,much happier now.......

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    mine has always been a bit to the right

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    mine is also slightly to the right, but dead centre whilst driving abroad.
    I have no idea how it will end up at the end of my trip to Poland though, if you think the roads are bad in the UK!!!!!

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