Steering Wheel Does Not Come Back To Center. Being that all the weight of the corner of the car is on the lower straight arm the strut bolts to id be looking at the lower ball joints on the arms as a source of the tightness/self centering prob. After that a possible steering rack problem, strut mount problem, or a worn suspension component such as a ball joint or tie rod end.
A damaged/bent/high resistance steering stabilizer can. Ive replaced the steering gear w/a readhead, replaced the draglink with the 2008 upgrade and put on new ball joints and new shocks. Its sounds as if you are in need of a wheel alignment.
Let Go Of The Wheel And It Should Start To Returrn To The Center, In Fact, It Will Probably Make It Most Of The Way Back To Center.
The only other cause would be air in the rack and pinion unit. Its sounds as if you are in need of a wheel alignment. Hi, ok, when the steering wheel does not return to center, this is an indication of impending shaft failure of the rack and pinion steering gear unit.
One Is Obviously An Alignment Problem.
Another thing that can affect the steering returning to center is the wheel offset. Steeringwheel rubbing against directional signal housing. The strut doesnt turn with the steering tho.
Mismatched Tires Or Uneven Tire Pressure.
When they are equal side to side, your return to center should be roughly fixed, given that you have readjusted your steering gear box lash to a more appropriate loose setting. By the sound of it, it appears that you don't have enough caster in your front wheels. The amount of caster can greatly affect how hard and fast the wheel will return to center.
Another Poster Stated That My Front Strut (S) May Be Binding, Affecting The Smooth Turning Of The Wheels, And The Steering Wheel's Inability To Come Back To It's Centerline After Making A Turn.
It's self centering as a function of geometry. Ive replaced the steering gear w/a readhead, replaced the draglink with the 2008 upgrade and put on new ball joints and new shocks. The fsm for my 93 lists 13 different things to check and the one for a 98 only lists 4 things to check.
Wider Wheels With A Different Offset Change The Scrub Radius.
There's not much you can do about that if you want to keep the wheels you have. As acardon said, caster is what makes the steering return to center. There are several things, which can cause a steering wheel to not return to the center position.