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Old 07-26-2009, 05:32 PM   #1
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Steering wheel alignment off

So I really love this car and maybe it's making me extra picky. I've noticed that the steering wheel alignment is a little off - the distance from my left shoulder is farther than my right. The wheel is not perpendicular to the centerline of the car. I thought it might just be in my head, perhaps the alignment of the gauges. An experiment was in order. I strung twine from both sides of the car, with both ends the exact same distance from the weatherstrip at the far front of the door (approx 7-1/14"). Just as I thought, the left side has a 1/2" gap where the right side is flush with the string.

Maybe it's supposed to be this way. The engineers may have been thinking of giving more room to the left arm as many may drive single-hand with it. Has anyone here noticed the same thing, and is this normal? Never noticed it with other vehicles...
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:47 PM   #2
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Maybe your string is off.

Or stop driving with your knee pushing it up.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:14 PM   #3
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Maybe your string is off.

Or stop driving with your knee pushing it up.
Lol I quadruple checked tho - btw, not to hijack my own thread, but nice seats! Once the stars align, I'll be contacting you for some goodies
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:28 PM   #4
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Lol I quadruple checked tho - btw, not to hijack my own thread, but nice seats! Once the stars align, I'll be contacting you for some goodies
Thanks...No worries, take your time. You could also get a new steering wheel from us and then have your local dealership install it straight..
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:26 AM   #5
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haha i was about to say maybe your arm is longer than the other lol but then i saw the pic kinda odd

do you feel any wobble when turning lock to lock
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:10 PM   #6
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Nope, there's no wobble lock to lock. The wheel is perpendicular to the column. The column itself is shifted a little to the left it appears. Up/down & in/out telescoping work fine. There's no left/right movement either with the wheel locked or when adjusting. It's as though the other end of the steering column is hooked up in the wrong spot (too far to the right). Anyone else notice it?

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Old 07-27-2009, 12:13 PM   #7
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Nothing an adjustment on the front end alignment machine won't take care of. Take it to your dealer. It's a quick fix.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:20 PM   #8
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Wow! I thought I was picky. Are you a machincest or something. I once had a machincest tell me he could see with his bare eye down to .001 th of an inch.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:46 PM   #9
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:32 PM   #10
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Lol, nope, not a machinist but I am an engineer. If it was a small amount I probably wouldn't have noticed it but the right hand side of the wheel is 1/2" closer to me than the left side. I'll have the dealer check it out and see if there's an adjustment on the other end of the assembly when I bring it in.
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Old 07-27-2009, 03:49 PM   #11
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Lol, nope, not a machinist but I am an engineer. If it was a small amount I probably wouldn't have noticed it but the right hand side of the wheel is 1/2" closer to me than the left side. I'll have the dealer check it out and see if there's an adjustment on the other end of the assembly when I bring it in.

Not that this will make you feel any better, but, mine is the exact same way. It feels like the entire steering wheel is slanted to your left when driving. Hasn't bugged me enought to say or do anything about it, but, since I saw this I thought I would let you know I think it might be the way all camaro's are built.
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Old 07-27-2009, 04:13 PM   #12
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Here's something that I was thinking about...

When you rotate the wheel 1/4 turn, half turn, 3/4 turn, and full turn, is it still off?
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:18 PM   #13
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Here's something that I was thinking about...

When you rotate the wheel 1/4 turn, half turn, 3/4 turn, and full turn, is it still off?
Yes it is - the wheel is perpendicular to the column. The column is mis-aligned to the centerline of the car.
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:32 PM   #14
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Not that this will make you feel any better, but, mine is the exact same way. It feels like the entire steering wheel is slanted to your left when driving. Hasn't bugged me enought to say or do anything about it, but, since I saw this I thought I would let you know I think it might be the way all camaro's are built.
Thanks for the confirmation I had a feeling that it might be just the way it is.
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Nope, there's no wobble lock to lock. The wheel is perpendicular to the column. The column itself is shifted a little to the left it appears. Up/down & in/out telescoping work fine. There's no left/right movement either with the wheel locked or when adjusting. It's as though the other end of the steering column is hooked up in the wrong spot (too far to the right). Anyone else notice it?
well thats good

maybe they can adjust it under the dash where it bolts up


you gonna make me go and check my other cars today
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:38 PM   #16
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How about the gaps between the back of the wheel and back part of the colume where the blinkers mount, do those gaps show the 1/2 inch or are the consistent Lside to Rside. good luck
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:05 AM   #18
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:11 AM   #19
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How about the gaps between the back of the wheel and back part of the colume where the blinkers mount, do those gaps show the 1/2 inch or are the consistent Lside to Rside. good luck
The distance between the back of the wheel and the front housing of the column (where the turn signal is mounted) is identical around the circumference, less than 1/2 " though. I did notice that the distance between the entire column and the dash is smaller on the left than the right - probably to be expected since the bottom part of the column (in the engine bay or wherever it mounts) is too far to the right. The steering wheel and column are fine as a unit - the whole assembly is off-kilter compared to the rest of the car.
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Old 07-31-2009, 02:57 PM   #20
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I think you should alter your test. Instead of trying to align the string from the same spot on the windows. Line it up so it's flush with the wheel (you'll need 2 people one on each side), then tape it down. the measure the distance to the end of the window.
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I think you should alter your test. Instead of trying to align the string from the same spot on the windows. Line it up so it's flush with the wheel (you'll need 2 people one on each side), then tape it down. the measure the distance to the end of the window.
just go very slowly to make sure you dont press the string on the wheel and "bend" it slightly askew
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:37 PM   #22
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I think you should alter your test. Instead of trying to align the string from the same spot on the windows. Line it up so it's flush with the wheel (you'll need 2 people one on each side), then tape it down. the measure the distance to the end of the window.
Done - 5-15/16" on the drivers side, 8-3/4" on the passenger side. I can attach pics but trust me, the line is straight, and flush against the wheel. So one other forum member states theirs is the same. Anyone else? Or can anyone confirm that their wheel is spot-on? I would really like to know if it's something to be fixed or just the way it is - thanks much everyone
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Old 08-01-2009, 02:08 AM   #23
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Thanks for the confirmation I had a feeling that it might be just the way it is.
Mine has the same issue. I will take pictures in the morning.
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:55 PM   #24
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I knew I had posted in this thread awhile back but let this problem go for too long. So apparently a simple wheel alignment will fix the issue under warranty, and the car will handle better..I anyone has the exact dealer write-up information for this issue, that would be a great help as well.
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