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Steering wheel is crooked.

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by Samy, July 16, 2011.

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    1. Samy

      Samy New Member

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      My 98 explorer sport has always had a steering wheel thats not straight when Im driving straight, I just had ball joints replaced and it's even worse (as much as 30 degrees).I don't think an alignment will correct something this much off. After I get the front end aligned can I take the steering wheel off and reset it straight?
       
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      when the steering wheel is straight im assuming the wheels are not....?

      You may have to unbolt the steering shaft and re-center it. Not hard just another inconvenience.... Anyone else have any ideas?
       
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      1. Jack up the truck so that both front tires are off the ground and you can turn from lock to lock.

      2. Center steering wheel.

      3. Loosen the jam nuts on the drag link (Drag link goes from pitman arm to tie-rod, tie-rod goes from knuckle to knuckle).

      4. Spin drag link tubing in one direction or the other until tires are both staight.

      Should center the steering wheel.

      If your toe is off you need remove the joints on the kunckles to be able to adjust them since the steering block will prevent you from merely turning the tubing
       
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      Have the front end aligned.

      Unless somebody screwed with the steering column (which I doubt) it's all related to the front end alignment or even possible the rear axle tracking. (the crab walk)
       
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      Umm, where is the drag link on a 98 explorer? And where is this pitman arm you speak of?
       
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      An alignment shop will center you steering for you.--if they do their job right.
       
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      Thats the key.. "If they do their job right". I have yet to find a shop in town that will do the job right. My old alignment shop (150 miles away) no longer has the tech I want to use (he wasn't getting paid enough, so he moved on)..

      I have since started doing my own alignments. I've even setCamber thanks to the SPC 91000. It is slow going for the first few alignments but I have gotten faster at it (still take me > 1 hour) but I know its done right.

      ~Mark
       

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