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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Tue, Nov-11-2008, 05:44:39 AM   #11
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If the alignment shop can't get it done for you, here's a solution you can try.
If wheel is straight and car drives to the left, this means if you try to keep the car straight your steering wheel is turned to the right.

So first thing to do, mark the outter part of the tie rod on both sides and the inner tie rod on both sides. For a reference point.

So now what is happening is once you straighten you wheel the wheels are actually turned to the left. (Left wheel is toed out and right wheel is toed-in).

Since the M3 tie rods are in the front you want to shorten the driver's side tie rod and lengthen the passenger side, both the same amount(using the marks you made earlier as a reference point).

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How's the tire condition? Are they new or worn? Pulling could be an indication of uneven wear of tires due to off-camber or toe, worn RTAB, etc. New set of tires with proper alignment should take care of the problem. Check the wear bars on tires.

I don't believe taking off steering wheel with recentering will solve the problem. If you do that, the car will still pull to the left with steering wheel pointing in the same direction.

If you really want to straighten out the steering wheel with reduced pulling and don't care about messing up the original alignment - which you can deal later with realignment after new tires, fixed suspension components, etc. - you can do it by increasing the positive toe on the left front (driver's side) wheel by shorten its tie rod by rotating it top-to-bottom. Rotate the rod approx. 10-15 degrees at a time, do a test drive, then readjust if necessary.
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Old Tue, Nov-11-2008, 10:29:49 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the info I'll update on the weekend :-)
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Old Tue, Nov-11-2008, 10:49:38 AM   #14
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its an easy issue, you should be able to solve it at any good grage with an new alingment machine.
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Default Re: steering wheel alignment...

Bumping up this thread... I have a similar problem.

My steering wheel has been slightly misaligned since I got the car (3 years ago). The wheel is rotated ccw (left) a few, maybe 10 degrees when the car drives straight. The car doesn't pull in any direction on throttle or brakes, and I've had probably 3 alignments since getting the car, the wheel has always been slightly crooked. This leads me to think I don't need to touch the suspension.

I ordered an OMP wheel/adapter hub that should arrive next week, to clarify, there is a way to simply adjust the alignment of the steering wheel when I take my old one off, right?
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Bumping up this thread... I have a similar problem.

My steering wheel has been slightly misaligned since I got the car (3 years ago). The wheel is rotated ccw (left) a few, maybe 10 degrees when the car drives straight. The car doesn't pull in any direction on throttle or brakes, and I've had probably 3 alignments since getting the car, the wheel has always been slightly crooked. This leads me to think I don't need to touch the suspension.

I ordered an OMP wheel/adapter hub that should arrive next week, to clarify, there is a way to simply adjust the alignment of the steering wheel when I take my old one off, right?
The correct way is to adjust it out in an alignment. Ask the shop to center the steering wheel. It's easy to do but some techs don't bother to check/correct for this unless asked.
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The correct way is to adjust it out in an alignment. Ask the shop to center the steering wheel. It's easy to do but some techs don't bother to check/correct for this unless asked.


Interesting.. Not that I don't believe you, but if you can answer, what is exactly wrong with just rotating the steering wheel slightly? Is the (steering) wheel centered already with the steering rack, so that right now the tie rods are basically incorrectly adjusted so that the wheels point right slightly when the wheel is straight? I don't see how any tech could think that's ok if that's the case. They should center the steering wheel before touching the alignment, no?
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Interesting.. Not that I don't believe you, but if you can answer, what is exactly wrong with just rotating the steering wheel slightly?
The tie rods aren't the same length on each side when the car isn't aligned with the wheel centered, so suspension geometry is affected slightly. It's probably not noticeable, and I don't think it would damage anything, but it would bother me because rotating the wheel is a band-aid fix.

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I don't see how any tech could think that's ok if that's the case. They should center the steering wheel before touching the alignment, no?
Yes they should, but it takes a little bit of effort and some places just don't care.

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Just as a reminder, if your steering wheel is off center, and have the "Triangle of Pain" illuminated, the off center steering wheel is the issue and once you correct the wheel/alignment, YOU should reset the DSC ecm (there's an action for this in pa-soft/IPNA). Once this is done, calibrate the DSC by driving in figure eight lock to lock a couple times, then you should be golden. If not, then you other underlying issue's with your DSC.
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Mine does this, I had someone look at it and they said they could fix it, however, when they went to align it my tie rods where seized so they couldnt do it until i replace those
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