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Steering does not return to center

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Steering does not return to center

Post #1 by sprog777 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:23 pm

after making a turn my steering will not return to center. Nothing seems tight or worn in front suspention. What should I look for?

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Re: Steering does not return to center

Post #2 by bubba22349 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:50 am

Check to see if the front end alignment is set right, you might need to add some more castor to get the front wheels to return to center. Also check that the steering box is set to the high point (centered) before checking if the toe in is right. You can get a rough idea by sighting from the rear of the car or you can use a string line too. Look across the face of each rear tire towards the front tires for any major difference, this will help you tell if the toe in is right. One other thing you might check is to measure the chassis to verify that it is square. Good luck :nod:
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Re: Steering does not return to center

Post #3 by OpelGT+3point3 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:14 pm

put a vertical level on your wheel and see if it's in more at the bottom. Also, I you have wheels offset to the inside that would do it.

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Re: Steering does not return to center

Post #4 by terannotterran » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:54 am

Are your tires the stock size? I imagine a different size would influence return to center as well as it should alter geometry some. But, would probably have to be pretty drastic to influence it this much.

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Re: Steering does not return to center

Post #5 by wsa111 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:17 pm

Is your car power steering??
If manual steering make sure you use an idler arm with rubber bushings, that helps to return the wheel to center. Check the alignment, on a manual steering vehicle you do not want + caster, yes that will center the wheel but will be too hard to steer. You almost have to set it to 0 caster or -1/2 degrees.
Bubba said make sure the adjuster in the steering box is not too tight & causing internal jambing.
A ball bearing idler on a P/S car is fine.
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