I'm having some issues with my steering in my 2012 WRX premium and I'm at a loss for what it is. The Issue is this: When driving down the road, the steering wheel is slightly cocked to the right, it is in line with the steering column plastic, which is slightly off. It almost feels like the entire dead-zone has been shifted to the right. When I turn the car right, it takes much more input and experiences more body roll than if I turn to the left. Turning left feels okay with a firm steering response in both the wheel and on the road.
I recently had an alignment done and new tires mounted and balanced. I went back to the shop where the work was done, and spoke directly with the master tech who did the work. My family has been going to this garage for over 15 years, and I have full confidence in their mechanical abilities. However, they are not "performance oriented" in any way, so little things like "my steering is off 3 degrees" doesn't resound with them.
Anyhow, the alignment is pretty good, the car does not pull and drives dead straight. The only thing is one of the tires is at -0.01 toe, and the caster is fairly far out of where it should be.... It is also important to note that I am planning on replacing my front struts in the near future, as they are feeling a bit soft. The only mod done to the car is a SPT strut bar, installed by the dealer.
So I guess my question is, what is causing this? Is it the fact the wheel is just not centered? or Could it be soft struts? Caster?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!