[DML] Re: Source for proper wheel alignment specs?
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[DML] Re: Source for proper wheel alignment specs?

When I lived in Texas someone told me - don't shoot your mouth off 
unless your brains are loaded.

You need to rethink your comment.

Harold McElraft - 3354

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Chris Shepherd <chrisau79@...> wrote:
> Huh? The tie rod floats. Its' function is toe in/out and to tie the 
front wheels together, thus the name. Threads showing, or not, won't 
make any difference in steering, unless it falls off.
> Harold McElraft <hmcelraft@...> wrote:          Not having a 
straight steering wheel can mean several misalignment 
> issues or only a minor tie-rod adjustment to center the wheel.
> If there are unequal lengths of threads showing at the tie rods - 
> steering wheel should be off-center and the short-thread side will 
> cause the car to have a shorter turning radius when turning to the 
> long-thread side. Also, depending on the severity of unequal 
> showing, the short-thread wheel may rub the sway bar when turned 
> In this case, the steering wheel, if all spines are in the correct 
> place will be off-center. If someone took off the steering wheel to 
> center it then the front-end is set up incorrectly - unequal 
> radius R to L, and the turn signal will not cancel properly. There 
> are other scenarios I have seen that equal an improper alignment.
> The alignment process needs to start at the front wheels and be 
> progressively checked back up the line to the steering wheel. The 
> shaft spines have to be in the right spot to get the signal cancel 
> correct - then you can see if the steering wheel is on correctly.
> Harold McElraft - 3354
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Dan" <djdanwilson@> wrote:
> >
> > David, thanks for all the good info. My old tires are still on the
> > car. Currently my steering wheel is not centered. When driving
> > straight down the road it's cocked to the left just enough to be
> > noticeable. It was that way when I bought it three years ago. 
> you
> > release the wheel in the center lane on the highway, the car 
> > pretty straight. Should I have the steering wheel centered? Other 
> than
> > looking odd I didn't think it made a mechanical difference.
> > 
> > On the freeway/highway I do get some shaking in the steering 
> > but I assumed that was from the flat spots that had developed in 
> > current tires when a previous owner let the car sit for several 
> years.
> > I don't seem to recall any pulling to the left or right during
> > acceleration and breaking, but the brakes feel out of round (w/ no
> > pulsing felt in the brake pedal) when stopping. There is no play 
> > looseness in the steering.
> > 
> >
> Chris
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