Question about 1998 Ford Explorer
Really the safest way to do it is with a front-end alignment. A part called the Pitman arm is attached to the steering box. It has grooves cut in it and matches the indentations in the box. You remove the arm from the box and slide it off, then center the steering wheel and reattach the arm.
The difficult part is separating the arm from the box. The nut sizes are substantial and sometimes required a puller and heat. The problem is the steering wheel should have been centered at an alignment shop.
Assuming the steering wheel started out centered, the tierod ends, tierods, and any links are now worn or bent causing the steering wheel to be out of place.
Your alignment could be off with one side or the other having too many twists or too few. This is a sign that the tierod ends were changed since the last alignment.
Your best and safest bet is to get a good front-end alignment and tell them you want the steering wheel centered and tires aligned.
Posted on May 13, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You should take it back to the shop that did the alignment. Making sure the steering wheel is straight is part of the alignment. With there being play you may need to have some front-end work done. Have them check it.
Posted on May 25, 2010
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