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Old 10-18-2012, 09:53 PM   #1
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Wtf???

I just changed my tie rods, front control arms/bushings, and sway bar end links. I knew I was going to need an alignment anyway and Firestone is a couple blocks away so I just ball parked the tie rod lengths.

I went to drive the car and the friggin steering wheel is now facing 90 degrees toward the passenger side when I drive straight. I was expecting jack up alignment, but is it normal for the steering wheel to be so far misaligned? I'm afraid I might have messed something up with all that pickle fork persuasion....

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Old 10-18-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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I left it at Firestone and they'll do the alignment in the morning. Do you think they'll fix the off-center steering wheel too?
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:26 PM   #3
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The steering wheel adjustment is part of the alignment.

Curious, did you have the old , and new tie rods side by side when you adjusted them?
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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that's normal. mine was totally like that too when i thought i had them adjusted close to the old ones.
even a couple of threads will turn your steering wheel pretty far.
they'll correct it when getting it aligned.
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^ good to know. I have a new set in the trunk that I plan on doing this weekend.
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Curious, did you have the old , and new tie rods side by side when you adjusted them?
Yeah but I just quickly eyeballed it. Didn't think it would matter much since I was only drive a few hundred feet before the alignment.
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that's normal. mine was totally like that too when i thought i had them adjusted close to the old ones.
even a couple of threads will turn your steering wheel pretty far.
they'll correct it when getting it aligned.
Ok. Good to know. I was a little freaked out by how far off it was...
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Ok. Good to know. I was a little freaked out by how far off it was...
Trust me I was too at first. Haha.
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