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Steering wheel alignment

I have recently changed my two wish bone arms on my BMW E46 1999 3 Series. and I've notice when my wheels are straign the stering wheel is slightly turned to the right

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Expect Kwik Fit have adjusted the tracking / wheel alignment at some time, and adjusted one track rod more than the other. ?

Count the threads showing ! ...I expect this will become apparent.

You need to have the tracking / alignment rechecked with track rods even lengths both sides.

Then if you road test and find the steering wheel out of alignment, remove steering wheel, and move round the correct position on the steering column splines.

Hope this is of help.

Good Luck !

John.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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