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The car tracks straight but my steering wheel is slightly off-center. I've had my alignment done twice in under 6K miles and it doesn't seem to take for more than

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Old 06-14-2010, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The car tracks straight but my steering wheel is slightly off-center. I've had my alignment done twice in under 6K miles and it doesn't seem to take for more than a few days. The dealer told me to contact Nissan customer service to start a case. Is anyone else having this issue?
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Does the dealership agree that the steering wheel is off center? The reason I ask is because it's possible that the crown in the road is making you believe your steering is off.
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The car tracks straight but my steering wheel is slightly off-center. I've had my alignment done twice in under 6K miles and it doesn't seem to take for more than a few days. The dealer told me to contact Nissan customer service to start a case. Is anyone else having this issue?
mines the same way.. If i remember correctly its slightly to the left.
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Does the dealership agree that the steering wheel is off center? The reason I ask is because it's possible that the crown in the road is making you believe your steering is off.
Yes, they acknowledged that it's off. It's definitely not the crown...I've checked it on many different roads, parking lots, etc.
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mines the same way.. If i remember correctly its slightly to the left.
So if you straighten it, your car goes to the right? That's what I have, and it came from the factory that way. It only had 6 miles on it so it's highly unlikely that something happened between the factory and the dealer lot.
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Weird, my wife's Pathfinder's got the same issue...Is it a Nissan thing?
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Weird, my wife's Pathfinder's got the same issue...Is it a Nissan thing?

uhhh........ to the best of my knowledge all newer cars are designed that way. It's in case you fall asleep at the wheel. So you don't front end plow someone on the road. It goes hand in hand with the washboard shoulder's edge of the road.

N/M I re-read post sorry, you are saying the steering wheel is off not the track. I'll have to look at mine when I get home, I've never payed alot of attention to steering wheel position.

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mines the same way.. If i remember correctly its slightly to the left.
+1, and I think it is a Nissan thing... My sisters G35/37 was the same way.
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Mine was perfectly centered but after the LTH install we could not get it back to center. We are going to attempt again this weekend and fix it.
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Mine's off slightly to the right. I think it was straight when I bought the car but over time I think wheels just get off kilter a bit.

It's definitely not just a Nissan thing. I've seen this (and had it) in all sorts of vehicles. Some pretty bad with higher mileage.
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mine's perfectly centered from the factory.
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It's easy enough to fix if you're moderately handy and have some spatial relations skilz... (your alignment guy should be responsible for getting this right, but in lieu of that do the following

If the wheel is off to the left, visualize this:

1) Straighten the wheel (turn to the right)

2) Your wheels are now pointed slightly right. You need to pull them back to center

3) Loosen the locking nuts on the 2 tie rod ends

4) On the left side, turn the tie rod IN 1/2 turn (clockwise)

5) on the right side, turn the tie rod OUT the same amount ((counterclockwise).

6) drive to see if straight, tweak from there. Be sure to make the same changes on each side and you're alignment will not be affected. Be sure to tighten the locking nuts when done.

Wheel off to the right, do the opposite.

I've done this many times and had to do it on my Z as well. Being slightly off drove me crazy!
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So if you straighten it, your car goes to the right? That's what I have, and it came from the factory that way. It only had 6 miles on it so it's highly unlikely that something happened between the factory and the dealer lot.

Yup. Mine was like that from the factory as well.
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Yep mine too - slightly off to the left
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