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Unread 02-16-2014, 02:16 PM   #16
97HMCS
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Originally Posted by tjkj2002 View Post
If you had a "front end alignment" done then they can be correct,the rear tires set the front toe then you center the steering wheel.If the rear end is out of spec it can push the vehicle right or left making you correct the steering wheel which seems then to be off center.

Plus one persons version of "centered" could be a little right/left of anothers depending on how one sits behind the steering wheel.
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Unread 02-16-2014, 02:22 PM   #17
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I have the exact same problem. I've taken it to a local alignment shop and the dealer, probably 4 times in all. They all assure me the 4-wheel alignment is perfect. The car tracks straight, but the wheel is very obviously not centered.

I thought at one point that they had simply failed to center the steering wheel, but I brought it back and they spent an hour re-centering it, and when I got the car back it was exactly the same as before.

I do have some unusual tire wear - I hit a large rock on a road trip and then drove home for 1,000 miles without getting the alignment fixed - so I can't rule that out as the cause. You can see the uneven wear looking at the tires but it is hard for me to believe it causes such a significant effect.

In a few months I will be due for new tires and I'm hoping that fixes it. It does drive me nuts.
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Unread 02-17-2014, 02:29 PM   #18
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Took it back today and they gladly fixed it. At first they tried to blame it on the natural "crown"built into the road...makes no sense. Every other vehicle I have had the steering wheel was centered when the vehicle was going straight.

Someone was just being lazy
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