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      12-11-2005, 03:08 PM   #1
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Steering wheel is not centered when driving on straight road.

Hi all

Any experts might know what this could mean?

When I'm driving on a perfectly straight and good qaulity road, the steering wheels position is not centre, it is offset to the right, this is anoying cause now my left hand is higher that my right hand when I hold the wheel by the rim, you know the 9'oclock 3 o'clock position.

What could it be???


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      12-11-2005, 03:18 PM   #2
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wheel alignment.

Take it in to your dealer and get them to check it.

My wheel alignment was perfect on my E90 - but it was out on 2 different brand new E46's family members bought (from 2 different BMW dealers)
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      12-11-2005, 03:25 PM   #3
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Wheel alignment you say.

So if they fix it it, will it correct the steering wheel not being 100% centre when driving in a straight line?

Because hell it's anoying!!!
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      12-11-2005, 03:30 PM   #4
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Wheel alignment you say.

So if they fix it it, will it correct the steering wheel not being 100% centre when driving in a straight line?

Because hell it's anoying!!!
Yes, even though your wheels may have the proper camber and caster, your steering wheel is not centered with them. Just tell the service guys your problem, and they'll fix it.

I had the same problems with my Explorer and Supra. The alignment job fixes that.
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      12-11-2005, 03:39 PM   #5
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Thanx you guys for the help.

Now I can relax.

I thought it might be something serious.

You all :rocks: :rocks: :rocks:
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      12-11-2005, 03:47 PM   #6
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My '03 Passat was like that and it bugged me! Get them to adjust it for you!
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      12-11-2005, 03:53 PM   #7
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My '03 Passat was like that and it bugged me! Get them to adjust it for you!

Thanx Ledzep I will.

But here's the problem, I want to take it in tomorrow but cant wait for a whole damn day for the dealer to fix it.

Can I take her to a reputable tire allignment store other than BMW and have it fixed within an hour or so, or whouldn't you recommend it.

Just don't have time tomorrow for BMW's red carpet SHIT!!!
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      12-11-2005, 04:39 PM   #8
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why pay someone not as good to do it, when BMW will do it for free??? thats kinda silly. its not THAT important. wait until you have a couple of hours to kill and take it to bmw...
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interesting

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why pay someone not as good to do it, when BMW will do it for free??? thats kinda silly. its not THAT important. wait until you have a couple of hours to kill and take it to bmw...
BMW might specialize at fixing the engine or electronics of the car, but many dealerships cant work on tires/wheels. Very few people take their cars to the dealership for tire and wheel work, so from a lack of experience, they tend to do a bad job.

Personally, there was a shop I took my brothers Altima to ages ago near my house. After talking to the guy, found out he had been working at the same tire place for twenty some years. That explained why he was able to do it so fast and so accurately, even though he looked in his early 60's.
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shouldn't this be covered in the 4 year/48,000 mile warranty? why would they fix it only if you're under 1,200 miles?
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Seems very unusual for a BMW that has only done 1,200 miles to encounter such annoying alignment problems. You didn't strike any harsh potholes or bumps/cambers, did you?

My E46 surpassed 50,000 miles earlier this month and I'm talking harsh London road surfaces, about as bad they come and some very enthusiastic driving occasionally (Country lanes), but the alignment is still 100% perfect.

Our ex-BMW - E36 328i had the same problem but it had done over 120,000 miles when the problem started, and we never sorted it out because we sold it at 129,000. I have no idea how annoying it was because I was not a driver back then.

I was wondering if it does it all the time (Motorways, back streets, above certain speed etc), because it is possible that a very slight trench in the road is causing it
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shouldn't this be covered in the 4 year/48,000 mile warranty? why would they fix it only if you're under 1,200 miles?
wheel alignment is not covered in the warranty program... My dealer only cover it if it's still under 2000 miles, some dealers it's 1200 miles.
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Things work a little differently here in South Africa. On our BMW we only pay for tires and petrol for 100 000km's of 5 years - so when ever the alignment needs to be done...BMW will do it (unless of course you have an accident - ie ram into a major pothol - but even then, some smooth talking can get it done)

I wouldn't take your car to a tyre shop here, although they are good...they won't be able to do the weighted wheel alignment BMW does - where they put weights into the car, and align it properly.

Just book your car in for a day or two's time when things quieten down at work..and get it done right...first time.
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Things work a little differently here in South Africa. On our BMW we only pay for tires and petrol for 100 000km's of 5 years - so when ever the alignment needs to be done...BMW will do it (unless of course you have an accident - ie ram into a major pothol - but even then, some smooth talking can get it done)

I wouldn't take your car to a tyre shop here, although they are good...they won't be able to do the weighted wheel alignment BMW does - where they put weights into the car, and align it properly.

Just book your car in for a day or two's time when things quieten down at work..and get it done right...first time.
Hi thanks all,

Im taking her in tomorrow morning 7.30am. Something interresting,
the dealer said that it may be wheel alignment, or it could be the steering wheel that was not put on correctly, on the cogs that the steering column or something has. By removing the steering wheel and puting it on correctly so that the gears match with the centre position.

Just hope what ever they do, it works.

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Car doesn't go straight may also cause by the shape of the road. My car sometimes pull to the right, sometime to the left, and on flat nice road, it drive straight.
I have ZSP, and the low profile tires does provide more feed back from the road.
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Hi thanks all,

Im taking her in tomorrow morning 7.30am. Something interresting,
the dealer said that it may be wheel alignment, or it could be the steering wheel that was not put on correctly, on the cogs that the steering column or something has. By removing the steering wheel and puting it on correctly so that the gears match with the centre position.

Just hope what ever they do, it works.

C ya.
I had exactly the same problem on my e46 when it was new. It was totally annoiying, especially because I have SMG. Dealer was like "hmm, might be due to road conditions...". After some ranting they tried relocating the steering wheel but then it was impending to the other side...

Finally I made them align my car and that solved the problem. It was covered by warranty but only after forcing the manager
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