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Thread: Steering wheel centering

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    Default Steering wheel centering

    I recently adjusted my gearbox on the steering to take up some of the slack. I turned the adjustment screw about 1/8th of a turn in. I don't exactly remember how the steering was prior to this because I had to correct the car a lot do to the slack in the steering. After the adjustment I noticed that the steering wheel will return to center but not quite center. It will go back most of the way but it will slow down when it has 1/4th of a turn left till complete center and thats where I have to correct it. Is this normal?

    Also, my steering is heavier when its cold than when the car is completely warmed up. The ambient temperatures range from 24F-40F. It is noticeable when its very cold.

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    if it isn;t self centering, you tightened it up to much. had probably been done before and is at limit of adjustment, which means live with it or replace it.

    try taking the 1/8 turn back out or 1/16 back out.

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    It didn't appear as anyone tampered with the adjustment bolt and lock nut. The slack wasn't a lot so maybe my adjustments were a bit to much for the slack I had. Thanks for the input.

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    Well I backed off the screw a bit and its much better. It goes back to center and the steering wheel isn't like brick anymore.

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