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    Steering wheel off centered

    I had my steering rack replaced last month due to a faulty one. The same day I received my car back after the performed service, I noticed that the steering wheel was a tad bit off centered to the right. I paid no attention to it until now. My steering wheel is visually noticeable and I'm constantly correcting my wheel when I drive on the freeway and it's becoming annoying that I can't drive straight. I recently installed front and rear swaybars and that kinda made it more noticeable. I asked a mechanic that's very familiar with WRX and he suggested that my alignment is off due to the service performed on my car.

    I'm looking for 2nd opinions on this matter.
    I might be back in the market for the new STI sedan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Me&05WRX
    I had my steering rack replaced last month due to a faulty one. The same day I received my car back after the performed service, I noticed that the steering wheel was a tad bit off centered to the right. I paid no attention to it until now. My steering wheel is visually noticeable and I'm constantly correcting my wheel when I drive on the freeway and it's becoming annoying that I can't drive straight. I recently installed front and rear swaybars and that kinda made it more noticeable. I asked a mechanic that's very familiar with WRX and he suggested that my alignment is off due to the service performed on my car.

    I'm looking for 2nd opinions on this matter.
    An alignment is surely in order. Be sure to tell the shop doing the alignment of your concerns.
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    ^^^

    Thanks for your fast response! I will do that.
    I might be back in the market for the new STI sedan!

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    I had to get a new rack too, and the same thing happened.

    The reason this happend was due to a lazy tech that DID the allighnment and installation but did not make sure that the steering wheel was straight WHEN allighned. Take it back to the dealer(or installer) make them aware of the mistake and have them fix it, you should not be charged a dime.

    Good Luck, let us know what happens.

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    it could be improper alignment and that would be the first plan of action to see if it is the problem.

    either the steering wheel wasnt set straight or the toe in front is too far off from side to side... this will cause the steering wheel to no longer be centered as the car goes straight. in any case, a proper alignment will fix things.

    if toe was off from side to side and you've been driving for a while, you may want to check your tires for abnormal wear because incorrect toe will DESTROY tires. if you run your hand side to side on the tread (check to make sure no metal or anything harmful is on the surface) and feel it is smooth in one direction, but jagged on the other direction, then you have toe wear. if that is the case, they may owe you new tires.

    if this isnt it, then it may be that the steering wheel wasn't aligned correctly on the hub. (if thats even possible on the stock steering wheel)
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    the mechanic who replaced your steering rack should have performed at least a front toe alignment and made sure your steering wheel is straight. i know this because it is my job too.
    take it back to the dealership and bring it up with the service advisor, if they don't do anything about it then take it to the service manager. and up the chain of command.
    good luck.
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    Thanks for all the input! As a matter of fact, the dealership that did the job did not do a very good job. As tech drove off my car in front of me and knowing that the airbag light is on and yet, he gave it to me like everything is ok. Also, to make things a little more worse, my cruise control is not functioning. I just found out couple of days ago. So, I'm bringing it back for those things, but not for the alignment or for anything of the same sort. And I really didn't want to have them touch my car again... they're such a disappointment!

    I am planning on having my Prodrive springs to be installed soon, so I'll wait for that then have the alignment done.
    Last edited by Me&05WRX; 02-13-2006 at 02:16 AM.
    I might be back in the market for the new STI sedan!

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