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#30526
Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 11
Hello all. Havent been postin for a while. Sorry about that all. Just a little one to throw out there to all you genius's. My Momo steering wheel is off centre. Its the same one as slipsiderg's. So Slipsider is it as simple as loosening the allen screws surrounding the horn and loosening a larger nut?? I dont want to tackle anything until i'm 100%. i dont fancy driving down the motorway and turning right and the car going straight on. Cheers SlipG
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#30529
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 11
its as simple as that......althou, was the wheel always off centre? if it used to be straight then its a tracking issue, if u can afford it id say get the tracking checked/set and they will align the wheels with the steering wheel centered. Otherwise, undo the allen bolts, open the big nut(size 19 socket) and pull off the wheel and put it on straight. Make sure u tighten everything properly and its completely safe
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#30530
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 11
Since I bought the car its been there. 3 years. But sure you know yourself you only get to notice how simple some things are after you own a car like ours for a couple of years. Ill fix it in the morning. cheers mitch
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#30531
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 11
KC for mitcher
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#30535
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 328
Check you tires for uneven wear as well.

Only reason I can think for the steering wheel not being straight is that somebody messed with it, or the alignment is out.
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#30541
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 314
Sometimes when the mechanics give it an alignment, they leave the wheel offcentre because they're lazy, or stupid, or both. I've had so called 'proffesionals' such as Atlas tire on the Kylemore road, Dublin, leave me with a blatently offcentre steering wheel after a four wheel alignment. They even had to drive the car all around the car park so must have noticed - incredibly unproffesional in my view!
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#30543
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 23
This can be a pain in the bottom! I thought the exact same thing but went a bit further Alain. I took off the wheel (watch out for the wiring for the horn its delicate so dont go ripping the wheel off) and no matter where i placed it on the splines on the steering shaft it wasnt perfect. Tyres were bald so had to change em. Like Ray wrote it was in my case obviously uneven wear and now its puuuurrfect.

Be sure to check your front tires first as its the easiest and free. If your unsure get something straight like a ruler and place it flat on the centre of your tyre and uneven wear will show up on either side (usually inside).

When we did your suspension didnt u say u ran low pressures as your old suspension was super stiff? This would increase wear on the tyres. Just my 2 cents. Happy hunting
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#30550
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 59
When you take off the wheel don't take the large nut all the way. Leave it on a fee threads. It's gonna take a lot of force to get the wheel off and last thing you want to do is break your face!
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#30551
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 328
dan wrote:
When you take off the wheel don't take the large nut all the way. Leave it on a fee threads. It's gonna take a lot of force to get the wheel off and last thing you want to do is break your face!

It is funny when you see somebody else does it though.
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#30552
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 314
Sometimes they can be tight, just take your time and apply steady pressure from side to side. Don't be tempted to whack the wheel, the steering column is designed to collapse in an accident so you don't want it to collapse away just trying to get your wheel off
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Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 328
slipsliderg wrote:
dan wrote:
When you take off the wheel don't take the large nut all the way. Leave it on a fee threads. It's gonna take a lot of force to get the wheel off and last thing you want to do is break your face!

It is funny when you see somebody else do it.
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#30610
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 11
simplest way to take a wheel of without the steering wheel in the face is to slap/tap the rim of the wheel a few times and it'll vibrate the centre of the splines and then it'll come straight of in ur hand.
Had a few wheels that wudnt come off the other way and ended up bending them we pulled so hard-try it, works everytime!
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#30612
Re: Steering wheel off centre 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 314
Pretty sure there's normally screw holes that you can thread a long bolt in to and push off the wheel also.
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