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 Post subject: Off centre steering wheel...
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:29 pm 
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G'day once again people;

I've just had the lower ball joints replaced in my 98 EL Falcon, although now my steerig wheel is slightly off centre... (about 20 degrees counter-clockwise).

Prior to getting the lower ball joints replaced, the steering wheel and alinment were perfectly straight, with no problems whatsoever.

An suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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 Post subject: Re: Off centre steering wheel...
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:41 pm 
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take it back to the wheel aligner and get them to fix it. simple adjustment will correct it
they mustnt have centred the wheel before they started adjusting.
did they even take it for a test drive afterwards? im guessing not
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Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:47 pm 
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When you pull apart major components on your steering and suspension system a wheel alignment should be done.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:49 pm 
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they have fixed the toe in without locking the wheel from moving...

Basically one tie rod end needs to be shortened and the other lengthened...

as previously stated the wheel must be locked in place (usually each place has there own designed tool to do this) and thus ensures the wheel remains where it should be...

 

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 Post subject: Re: Off centre steering wheel...
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:15 pm 
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Would it be something as simple as taking it to a tyre joint to get a wheel alignmet?

Or should I take it back to the mechanic who actually replaced the lower ball joints?

Thanks guys!
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 Post subject: Re: Off centre steering wheel...
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:21 pm 
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it needs a wheel alignment, to straighten the steering wheel and to stop the tyres from wearing prematurely

sorry i misread your first post, i thought they had fitted the bj's and done an alignment
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 Post subject: Re: Off centre steering wheel...
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:37 pm 
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XRfairmont67 wrote:
it needs a wheel alignment, to straighten the steering wheel and to stop the tyres from wearing prematurely

sorry i misread your first post, i thought they had fitted the bj's and done an alignment


No worries!

I just wanted to make sure that the mehanic didn't actually do anything worng and whether or not it is just simple wheel alignment to correct the steering wheel.

I just assumed that seeing as though the car is still travelling straight, despite the wheel being off centre, that it would have been a steering component that was over/under adjusted during fitment of the baal joints.

But if it's just a wheel alignment required to correct this, then I'm quite happy with that! :)
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Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:41 pm 
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the mechanic would have nearlly done a wheel alignment... If he didn't he would have specifically told you to take it straight somewhere and get one done...

Something as major a ball joint requires a wheel alignment and everyone knows that...

I'd nearly put money on it that he did a wheel alignment on it when he changed it out... I'd ring up and ask if it was done before coughing up more money... If not it should have been recommended to you to get one asap...

If it drives nice, but is off centre, i'd bet its been aligned without locking the wheel...

goodluck with it...

 

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