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Steering wheel off center

Postby starspangled6.0 [OP] » Oct 21 2011, 5:08pm

My steering wheel, when the truck is going perfectly straight, is off to the right by a couple of degrees. Is this indicative of an alignment issue, or should I quit worrying? The truck doesn't pull in any direction. I don't know if this started at a certain point, or if it has always done this.
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Re: Steering wheel off center

Postby GasStationLuvsMe » Oct 21 2011, 5:21pm

mine does the same, i think there's a way to make the steering nice and strait and don't if an alignement well help??
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Postby Jrluz14 » Oct 21 2011, 8:04pm

An alignment should fix the issue. That's what I would do. Have you replaced the pitman or idler arm recently?
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Re: Steering wheel off center

Postby starspangled6.0 [OP] » Oct 21 2011, 8:22pm

The only things I've ever done is replace the shocks, as well as the tires and wheels up front. That wouldn't cause it, would it?
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Postby StarsnBars » Oct 22 2011, 3:08am

Sounds like you bent something . Hit any big potholes, curbs, etc, lately ? If its not pullin, I woulnt worry about it. Maybe crawl under your truck and do a quick once over .
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Re: Steering wheel off center

Postby starspangled6.0 [OP] » Oct 22 2011, 4:03am

The only thing I can think of is when I got pulled out of the snow last winter... the guy pulled me right into a driveway, and a lamp post was right next to it. I drilled it on the driver's side, right before the lights, and above the wheel. There's a nice dent there, but I don't know if that would do anything to the front suspension or not...

On my gauges, the speedo is right in the middle. 60 MPH is dead center, and it's lined up with the middle of the steering wheel. So, in order to go straight, I need to put the steering wheel at about the 65 MPH position. It's not much, but I'd like to know what's going on.
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Re: Steering wheel off center

Postby EKinMN » Oct 22 2011, 4:29am

It's an alignment issue...or someone botched an alignment before you owned it. Everything should be straight.

It could be from when you were pulled out of the ditch, but it could be from the shocks too. I'd have a quality alignment done on it, Jon.
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Re: Steering wheel off center

Postby GasStationLuvsMe » Oct 22 2011, 5:07am

replacing shocks will def disrupt your alignment
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Re: Steering wheel off center

Postby jking002 » Oct 22 2011, 5:51am

Take a look under the front at the steering and see if anything is bent. And also take a look at your tires to see if they have any abnormal wear. If you find nothing then your toe is probably out just a little and can be adjusted by a alignment shop.
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Re: Steering wheel off center

Postby EKinMN » Oct 22 2011, 1:58pm

He's got brand new tires on the truck, so there should not be abnormal wear yet. But, to that point, Jon....get it aligned before those new tires start to wear out!
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