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Old 06-08-2013, 04:06 PM
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Re: Steering misalignment

Big thing is to get it on the record. Tires are not warrenty idems (you get to pay for them) but if misaligned (and all it would take is the wrong hit in shipping) the tires may wear fast/funny. Get it on the record and get it fixed. If a car does not hold a straight line on a level road "hands off" with the steering wheel centered, something is rong.

ps said level not crowned.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:54 AM
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Re: Steering misalignment

In my case, I believe the vehicle tracks straight when releasing the steering wheel. It's the steering wheel itself that is off center. However, I am watching everything carefully

I have an appointment for Monday morning. Can't wait to see what kind of bs they spin
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Re: Steering misalignment

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They should "laser align" these vehicles at the factory, so we don't have to go through this nonsense on a brand new car imho.

Again, I hope I am not being too picky. I assume you should be able to get this dead on center all of the time if you know what you're doing.
The suspensions get "tied down" during shipment to prevent the car from bobbing and weaving during transport. Many manufacturers also block the springs to keep the car stationary. These can change the alignment from the Factory settings. That's why the dealer is supposed to check the alignment before delivering a new car.

You might want to read up on the intricacies of rack and pinion to learn how difficult it might be to get the steering wheel absolutely centered. We always told people that a dead on accurate alignment was more important than whether the rack allowed the steering wheel to be absolutely centered.

If I were in your shoes, I'd take a perfect alignment over a perfectly centered steering wheel and a sloppy alignment.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:26 AM
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Re: Steering misalignment

So I was able to actually have the balancing tech sit with me and drive my WK2 today. He was pretty knowledgeable and friendly (which made the visit easier). I was able to articulate to him directly and visually about the wheel. The dealership kept assuming (god knows why) that I was talking about the vehicle's tire alignment was off. I was able to tell the tech (and show him) the steering wheel being off. Took about 35 minutes, and we tweaked the wheel. Told me he adjusted it about 4 degrees. Drove it with him after he was done and it seems to be on the money, but I'll need to drive it longer than a local test drive (he said bring it back and ask for him if it's still off). Pretty confident that he nailed it though... just took patience and perseverance.
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Re: Steering misalignment

Same exact issue with mine.....steering wheel off center to the right but the alignment is ok. I have an appointment on 7/13 to center the steering wheel. Oh boy.
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Re: Steering misalignment

2800 miles on my '14 Overland V6, my issue is padgett mentioned above...most noticeable at highway speeds, I'll let go of the steering wheel and it veers to the left. Very annoying, dealer said they "couldn't reproduce the issue"... so next step is to drive with a tech in the car.
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Re: Steering misalignment

Basically, I went to my dealer that I bought the car a total of 4 times, and they never got it right. So, I took it to another dealer the next town over from me and they nailed it the first time. It all boils down to: the technician has to know how to use the equipment properly. FWIW, the second dealer I went to had a "Hunter Laser Alignment System." The first dealer didn't have it, but I still say the fault lies with the technician being incompetent at the first place.
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Basically, I went to my dealer that I bought the car a total of 4 times, and they never got it right. So, I took it to another dealer the next town over from me and they nailed it the first time. It all boils down to: the technician has to know how to use the equipment properly. FWIW, the second dealer I went to had a "Hunter Laser Alignment System." The first dealer didn't have it, but I still say the fault lies with the technician being incompetent at the first place.
A properly trained tech makes all the difference. Unfortunately, they are rare.
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Re: Steering misalignment

All,

I just joined the forum coming from a Challenger SRT8. I went with a 2014 Overland RWD with V6. My steering wheel is off slightly to the right also. It also had a very slight pull to the left. I know from experience with my Challengers (two) and other friends with Challengers, the alignment is always off when delivered, possibly due to shipping as previously stated. On staggered tires like the SRT8 with expensive tire, this is costly If not corrected quickly. So, I immediately (1200 miles) went for the alignment at my local shop (I only let one guy in particular touch my alignment). First off they did not have alignment specs for the 2014. I got those from the dealer and got my guy to align it on the "preferred" settings. The alignment is right on the money now and steering wheel alignment is better. The curious thing, and the reason for this lengthy response, is that there is an alignment spec for left side driver and right side driver. I assume that this is for countries where they drive on the other side of the road and this is to compensate for the "crown" in the road. My guy was a little suprised by this and this may be the reason why the vehicle steers differently depending on the road crown. And of course the steering wheel position. I have to spend more time with it to render a further opinion. Lastly, I have 20 inch wheels and I am going to get the road force balancing to go after the slight vibration in the 70 mph range. We shouldn't have to do this to get it right, but maybe I am just a bit picky.
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Re: Steering misalignment

In some countries the steering wheel is on the right side of the vehicle (OZ).
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Re: Steering misalignment

Yes, I guess we were both a little suprised that the alignment specs had a setting to offset the road "crown" affect, which of course would be different depending upon which side of the road you drive on.
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