Steering wheel at 1oclock

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Phumac, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. special-k

    special-k Road Train Member

    Dec 27, 2008
    Southern Ontario Canada
    Dyno is right the box should be in the centre of its travel for best road feel. It might not wear out faster but its not right. Any alignment shop that sends a truck out with a misaligned steering wheel as a matter of course is a mickey mouse operation imo
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  3. zmster2033

    zmster2033 Light Load Member

    Apr 28, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    We took the steering wheel off on my truck to fix the city horn one time. We thought we put it back on straight but is now slightly off centered. If the steering wheel as ever been taken off, it could be as simple as that. If it hasn't I would recommend getting an alignment.
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  4. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Heavy Load Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    Are your tires wearing unevenly? Is the truck actually pulling to one side (when you’re going straight and let go of the wheel, does it start to turn)? As already mentioned, your alignment might be okay, your steering wheel might just not be mounted correctly.
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  5. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    If the only problem was that the steering wheel was off center, it would behave normally, but the wheel would not be centered.

    In many parts of the US, there are crowned roads, higher in the center than on the edges. This makes vehicles tend right unless held straight.

    This is a good thing. Crowned roads shed water and help prevent massive ice buildup when ice on roads thaws and freezes.

    If you ignore the visual position of the wheel, does the truck steer correctly?
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  6. Phumac

    Phumac Light Load Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    Went and got an MD alignment and it fixed that problem with the steering wheel, but I had vibration coming from the steering wheel and that has not gone away like I would have thought. Any ideas where to start with that? Steer tires are fairly knee with no bald spots on them. Maybe front shocks?
  7. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Wheel bearings?
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  8. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    Last time I had unexplained steering wheel vibration, it was an unbalanced steer tire. Get your steers balanced if there isn't some other obvious problem.
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  9. heavyhaulerss

    heavyhaulerss Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    After a alignment shop put a new 1 piece tie rod end on and alignment the steering wheel was 1/4 turn off, where I previously held my hands on the wheel at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock, those positions were at 12 and 6 o'clock. I told the shop the steering wheel needs to be right. They said they were not allowed to take any steering wheel off.
    I brought to my local shop and they took the steering wheel off and put in on the correct way. I drove it a couple day's in the off position, and it was weird to drive that way, felt very unatural.
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  10. roadmap65

    roadmap65 Light Load Member

    Feb 26, 2015
    Steering wheel is very easy. I pulled into Orielly last week and rented there puller and torque wrench and straightened mine, took about 20 minutes. Yours may be more complicated than mine I have a Freightliner FLD very simple takes 20 minutes total including walking into Orielly to rent the puller and torque wrench.
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  11. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    First thing to do is fix the steering pull before centering the steering wheel.

    Fix the pull and steering will be in a different position
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