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Bizarro
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Registration date : 2009-02-14

PostSubject: steering wheel off center?   Thu 17 Dec 2009, 2:11 pm

I think my steering wheel is off center by about 5-10 degrees. It is hard to tell because many roads seem slanted from the middle of the street to the right side curb for drainage and my steering wheel is off to the left. But after watching it is pretty consistant no matter the street. Will an adjustable trackbar correct this?
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jeff.lyon3
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PostSubject: Re: steering wheel off center?   Thu 17 Dec 2009, 2:20 pm

You can adjust the drag link. Need a 15 metric wrench. Takes about 5 minutes.
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Mr.RonGilbert
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Rig : 08 Black Unlimited
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Registration date : 2009-01-18

PostSubject: Re: steering wheel off center?   Thu 17 Dec 2009, 2:35 pm

jdldx3 wrote:
You can adjust the drag link. Need a 15 metric wrench. Takes about 5 minutes.

yup..... mine was off enough to throw the EAS/BAS light... a couple of turns and an eyeball on the steering wheel while on flat ground with the wheels perfectly straight and I was good to go.
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Hutch
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PostSubject: Re: steering wheel off center?   Thu 17 Dec 2009, 9:56 pm

Mr.RonGilbert wrote:
jdldx3 wrote:
You can adjust the drag link. Need a 15 metric wrench. Takes about 5 minutes.

yup..... mine was off enough to throw the EAS/BAS light... a couple of turns and an eyeball on the steering wheel while on flat ground with the wheels perfectly straight and I was good to go.
Yup. Just fixed mine this weekend.
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justinajeep
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Rig : 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ
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PostSubject: Re: steering wheel off center?   Fri 18 Dec 2009, 11:59 am

mine is upside down but it use to be sideways I me and another guy tried the drag link and it made the tires straight but the steering wheel is up side down now...someone told me I could pull the steering wheel off and turn it right side up has anyone ever done that?
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PostSubject: Re: steering wheel off center?   Fri 18 Dec 2009, 6:51 pm

justinajeep wrote:
mine is upside down but it use to be sideways I me and another guy tried the drag link and it made the tires straight but the steering wheel is up side down now...someone told me I could pull the steering wheel off and turn it right side up has anyone ever done that?

Try the drag link again. park the jeep on level ground with the wheels facing straight ahead. turn the draglink adjustment and have someone sit behind the wheel to let you know how the steering wheel is responding to the adjustments. you can do it with one person, but takes longer.
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PostSubject: Re: steering wheel off center?   Fri 18 Dec 2009, 7:22 pm

Sounds like you turned the adjustment the wrong way. if you put it back the way it was...and go that much again it should be close. If you think about the steering geometry it actually works backwards because of the trailing rear wheels. When you correct one way, the rear will follow to self-correct itself. If this confuses you more i'm sorry. The clock spring in the column makes the turn the wheel thing a bad idea...center needs to stay center.
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PostSubject: Re: steering wheel off center?   Mon 21 Dec 2009, 11:03 am

My steering wheel jumps off center after each wheeling trip. 5-10 degrees in either direction...sometimes re-centering itself.
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Mr.RonGilbert
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PostSubject: Re: steering wheel off center?   Mon 21 Dec 2009, 11:18 am

Chuck wrote:
My steering wheel jumps off center after each wheeling trip. 5-10 degrees in either direction...sometimes re-centering itself.

There is an idea..... just run all the trails in reverse and you should be good....
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PostSubject: Re: steering wheel off center?   Mon 21 Dec 2009, 9:00 pm

Mr.RonGilbert wrote:
Chuck wrote:
My steering wheel jumps off center after each wheeling trip. 5-10 degrees in either direction...sometimes re-centering itself.

There is an idea..... just run all the trails in reverse and you should be good....



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akonius
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PostSubject: Re: steering wheel off center?   Tue 22 Dec 2009, 7:36 am

ok...now that was sillay!
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