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    Question Steering wheel????

    My steering wheel is crooked is this an easy fix???
    Do i have to unhook the battery and all the good stuff
    or just a unbolt and bolt back on type thing
    ????
    Repsponses are greatly appreciated!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpenny33 View Post
    My steering wheel is crooked
    My answer assumes your observation has nothing to do with the grading inherent in many/most roads (the incline built into the roadway ostensibly so that water can drain, and in practical terms so that water can pool into huge ponds as the drains are clogged).

    One possibility is that you are seeing a "memory" effect (when you turn hard the "other" way on the road, does the wheel do "that way" instead for a while?). This is common and has to do with how the steering uses bushings etc.

    Other options: Either something is bent (unlikely), toe is off (more likely) or toe is OK but the wheel was put on lopsided at the works.

    Unless something is bent (meaning you bent it while driving etc.) have a shop check alignment and set the wheel to straight on when the car is moving on level ground. They'll want to rack it and check the alignment.

    Do i have to unhook the battery and all the good stuff
    or just a unbolt and bolt back on type thing
    ????
    Repsponses are greatly appreciated!!!
    I would not "fix" this at the wheel. I'd fix it under the car at the nose.
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    I just bought my 09 wrx a week ago and I have noticed that my steering wheel is a little off you have to turn it a tiny tiny bit right to go straight. This should be covered under the warranty right????

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    Quote Originally Posted by 09WRXer View Post
    I just bought my 09 wrx a week ago and I have noticed that my steering wheel is a little off you have to turn it a tiny tiny bit right to go straight. This should be covered under the warranty right????
    I would assume so; I know Honda covers it no problem, for example. See above.
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    +1 to everything SD said for the older car. It is possible that it came that way like my '03 did and the PO never had it corrected. In that case the stuff below applies as well. Removing the steering wheel and jumping it a tooth will probably put it too far the other way.

    For the '09 they don't get it perfect at the factory - the issue is that the tie-rods are both adjustable and so the toe can be perfect without them being exactly "balanced". One can be shorter as long as the other is longer. It doesn't have any real effect on drivability - the rack gear just centers in a different spot. If so, just request that they balance the tie-rods (i.e. "straighten the steering wheel") when you get it aligned. It still could have been caused by something getting bent though.

    If it is actually pulling that is another story.
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