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    Steering off center

    My steering wheel recently has become off center (to the left). How can I fix this? Can it be addressed with a simple adjustment to the steering box or is more required? Alignment needed?

    What causes this?

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    Re: Steering off center

    The wheel is splined to the shaft at both ends. I doubt the coupling came loose on the wheel inside, or outside. I’d inspect the steering linkage from wheel to wheel for obvious issues
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    Re: Steering off center

    Quote Originally Posted by nocfn View Post
    The wheel is splined to the shaft at both ends. I doubt the coupling came loose on the wheel inside, or outside. I’d inspect the steering linkage from wheel to wheel for obvious issues
    thanks! Also i tried to respond to your PM but got a message that your inbox doesn’t have room.

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    Re: Steering off center

    Will correct
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    Re: Steering off center

    Quote Originally Posted by Melville View Post
    My steering wheel recently has become off center (to the left). How can I fix this? Can it be addressed with a simple adjustment to the steering box or is more required? Alignment needed?

    What causes this?
    If it happened all of a sudden, that is odd. General suspects are the steering coupling (which is metal on the 036, not rubber, and not likely), a tie rod / alignment issue, or a ride height change. If the bottom end of a coil spring happens to snap off, this could lower one side of the car and tweak the steering center slightly. I'm also assuming you have not recently R&R'd the steering wheel.

    Bottom line, you have a lot of parts to inspect to figure out what's going on! If all the parts check out OK, you can adjust the tie rods on each side by the same amount to adjust centering. Small adjustments make a big difference at the wheel, like 1/4 turn of the tie rod sleeve.

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    Re: Steering off center

    Check tire pressures. Easy (for me) to overlook.

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