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Old 03-13-2017, 03:09 PM   #1
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Steering wheel alignment

My baby is giving me some serious headache. My steering wheel is off about 90 degree angle to the left when the wheels are straight (bought her like that). Alignment didn`t help, the adjustment is all the way in already.
We tried everything, removing the steering wheel (it looks like it has only one position), gearbox, joints, pitman arm and last night I visited The Oracle. No luck. It looks like all these components have only one position. What do you guys think? Am I missing another way to adjust? Once we put it together with everything straight, I have half a turn to the left and like 3 turns to the right..
What`s the magic?
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Park with your front tires straight ahead, then take some pictures of your pitman arm, drag link, and tie rod and post them up.

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This is how I fixed mine.


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Adjusting the drag link sleeve is the normal process for centering the steering wheel, but the op said that his adjustment sleeve was adjusted all the way in and that he had an alignment done. Recentering the wheel is part of an alignment. There is something else going on.
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Adjusting the drag link sleeve is the normal process for centering the steering wheel, but the op said that his adjustment sleeve was adjusted all the way in and that he had an alignment done. Recentering the wheel is part of an alignment. There is something else going on.
Like maybe the drag length sleeve needs to be properly adjusted? Sounds like the steering wheel needs to go the long way around to get it centered.
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Like maybe the drag length sleeve needs to be properly adjusted? Sounds like the steering wheel needs to go the long way around to get it centered.
You would think an alignment shop could figure that one out... but maybe not.
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Yeah, the drag sleeve is all the way in so there`s no more room there.
What would be the long way? I`m out of options, don`t mind to take it whatever it is lol
Photos coming up soon, I have her in the shop at the moment but will stop by tomorrow.
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Your steering wheel is not 90 out it's 270 out. Adjust the drag link the opposite direction until the wheel is straight. Had the same problem with mine after the alignment. Tech had a brain fart when he centered the wheel. Easy fix.
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Yeah, the drag sleeve is all the way in so there`s no more room there.
No more room in one direction suggests lots of room in the other direction.
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Sorry guys it took a little longer, I had a last minute work and was out of town.
So here are the photos. Wheels are straight. Any thoughts?














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Read post #8.
X2 you need to adjust the sleeve the opposite way
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Just wondering because I don't know anything about this stuff, and my steering wheel is about where the op's is. Can you take the pitman arm off the steering box and center the wheel and then re-attach the pitman arm?
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Just wondering because I don't know anything about this stuff, and my steering wheel is about where the op's is. Can you take the pitman arm off the steering box and center the wheel and then re-attach the pitman arm?
No, the pitman arm only fits one way..recentering the steering wheel is the purpose of the adjusting collar on the drag link.
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Just wondering because I don't know anything about this stuff, and my steering wheel is about where the op's is. Can you take the pitman arm off the steering box and center the wheel and then re-attach the pitman arm?
The drag link is adjustable for a reason.

Adjust the drag link.
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is that your diff breather tube going into the frame?

agree with the others, you'll have to go the other way on your drag link adjustment collar and then do a toe in alignment as that spec will change
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That looks like a non stock mounting point on the frame for the track bar......
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That looks like a non stock mounting point on the frame for the track bar......
good catch, and off set by 1"-2"
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Yeah, the mounting point was welded on the frame and it looks like off. As a matter of fact the track bar was shortened and welded back together. My 12-year old niece would do a nicer weld job but that's another story lol.
I wonder if this could cause the steering wheel issue? No bump steer tho.
Also, it looks like to me there is not enough thread on the drag link to go to the other way but I'll try.
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Also, it looks like to me there is not enough thread on the drag link to go to the other way but I'll try.
There appears to be about an inch of the Pittman arm rod end inside the adjusting sleeve. If the other half doesn't have any excess thread, someone must have cut it off. If that is the case, disconnect the rod end from the Pittman arm and unscrew it individually to lengthen the drag link.
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No, the pitman arm only fits one way..recentering the steering wheel is the purpose of the adjusting collar on the drag link.
So you are saying that the pitman arm has some type of key on it or something that makes it only fit the splines of the steering box in a certain position?
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There appears to be about an inch of the Pittman arm rod end inside the adjusting sleeve. If the other half doesn't have any excess thread, someone must have cut it off. If that is the case, disconnect the rod end from the Pittman arm and unscrew it individually to lengthen the drag link.
That`s a good idea!
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So you are saying that the pitman arm has some type of key on it or something that makes it only fit the splines of the steering box in a certain position?
Yes
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Just fixed mine by adjusting the sleeve a few twists. Been driving with a crooked wheel for 2 years now. Maybe now i'll stop walking in circles too.

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I'm responding a little slow, sorry guys, I'm moving and that's not fun.
So since I had to install new shocks and some of the bushings were worn I decided to go for a 3.25" Rough County lift kit. Side note: if anyone installs this kit in 2-3 hrs as stated on the manual, I write a song about it and sing it in the Voice. For us it was about 10hrs..
Anyways, lift kit in, looks good, feels ok. I need a wheel alignment I'm guessing, it pulls to the left.
So now I'm back with the steering wheel issue. She was hit from the front right and things got messed up a little. The two ends already touching inside the drag sleeve so can't adjust it more. It cannot be adjusted to the other way because then the pitman arm so much out, the car wouldn't turn left. So what if I cut off an inch from one end (and the sleeve) so it would allow to adjust more? What do you guys think?
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I'm responding a little slow, sorry guys, I'm moving and that's not fun.
So since I had to install new shocks and some of the bushings were worn I decided to go for a 3.25" Rough County lift kit. Side note: if anyone installs this kit in 2-3 hrs as stated on the manual, I write a song about it and sing it in the Voice. For us it was about 10hrs..
Anyways, lift kit in, looks good, feels ok. I need a wheel alignment I'm guessing, it pulls to the left.
So now I'm back with the steering wheel issue. She was hit from the front right and things got messed up a little. The two ends already touching inside the drag sleeve so can't adjust it more. It cannot be adjusted to the other way because then the pitman arm so much out, the car wouldn't turn left. So what if I cut off an inch from one end (and the sleeve) so it would allow to adjust more? What do you guys think?
You need to fix what's wrong...likely a bent tie rod or drag link.

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