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Guys, what could cause my wheel to be off even after getting an alignment on my car? It doesnt shake when driving and my wheels are wearing off evenly. The only problem is... when im driving on a straight road... my steering wheel is turned to the left! Any ideas?
 

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Go back to the alignment shop and make them fix it. For some reason, it seems as though the everyday alignment guy just can't handle a Supra. At least, in my experience. I've had absolute nightmares with mine. Finally got it right after the third alignment shop, and a total of six visits. If you can find a high performance shop that does alignments, go there. Most likely, they will have better luck with a more sporty suspension. If you think about it, it makes sense - the average alignment is done on a Maxima, or Taurus, or Accord, or whatever. They hardly ever do sports cars.

To the point: Go back! And continue to go back until you are 100% happy.
 

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FYI. I took the car back and he said the previous place I had an alignment done didnt center the steering wheel before making the alignment. He didnt think he had to because normally you dont need to he said. Anyway, he recentered the steering wheel and then made the alignment. Drives perfect now!
 

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mysupratoy94 said:
FYI. I took the car back and he said the previous place I had an alignment done didnt center the steering wheel before making the alignment. He didnt think he had to because normally you dont need to he said. Anyway, he recentered the steering wheel and then made the alignment. Drives perfect now!

YAY! Ha ha - I told you Supras were different. ;)
 

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They actually have to center the steering wheel after the alignment. It is the last step and easy to do yourself, but if you paid a shop to do it, why would you. All they do is adjust the tie-rod ends the same amount on both sides until the wheel is straight.
 

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mysupratoy94 said:
FYI. I took the car back and he said the previous place I had an alignment done didnt center the steering wheel before making the alignment. He didnt think he had to because normally you dont need to he said. Anyway, he recentered the steering wheel and then made the alignment. Drives perfect now!
Exactly.
Most techs I have run into are too lazy to center the wheel first. And in my case, they don't get paid if they don't center it.
 

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I have ALWAYS had the same problem. I will have to have it checked out. Thanks guys!

Joe
 

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HOLD THE PHONE GUYS!!!! Centering of the steering wheel has nothing to do with it being a Supra. It has to do with a lazy tech that did not finish the job he was paid to do. I always look at my wheel when I pick up my car. If the wheels are straight and the steering wheel isn't, I find the manager. And yes I have aftermarket suspension, that has nothing to do with it either.
 

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97twinturbo said:
They actually have to center the steering wheel after the alignment. It is the last step and easy to do yourself, but if you paid a shop to do it, why would you. All they do is adjust the tie-rod ends the same amount on both sides until the wheel is straight.
Dave... youre right! The wheel needs to get straighten AFTER the alignment. I had to take my car back a 3rd time. The second time they did the opposite! My steering wheel was 90% better the second time but was still off a bit. I asked them to redo it but this time centering the wheel after and it worked perfect, and of course all alignments where done at no cost! :bigthumb:
 

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thank you barton. The number of uninformed posters offering advice is kind of scary. Align any car with a steering wheel and this could be an issue.
 

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turbomx5 said:
thank you barton. The number of uninformed posters offering advice is kind of scary. Align any car with a steering wheel and this could be an issue.
I agree about the uninformed posts. I see it every day. I hope I'm not being lumped into this group, though! I want to be helpful! :) My advice to go back to the shop was good. However, I am the guilty party on spreading the rumor that Supras are different. I suppose I could have explained my thoughts better. For that, I apologize. Supras have the same basic working parts as any other car, so they're not actually "different". Maybe I should have said that they're "special". It just really seems as though no simple task is simple with the Supra. At least, in my experience. Anyway, sorry for the confusion.
 
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