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Steering Wheel Off Center After New Tires and Alignment

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by jsimon77, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. jsimon77

    jsimon77 Member

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    I just got a new set of tires on my P85D.

    When I dropped off the car I told the technician multiple times that I want them to make sure the steering wheel is perfectly centered with the alignment. I told them that I wanted to make sure they test drove the car to make sure it's right.

    Well...sure enough, I pick up the car and it's off. Although the car tracks straight...if I hold the wheel dead straight the car goes right. It's off by about an inch or so.

    Why is this so hard to get right? Randomly I just went through the same issue with my other car...it took that dealer 3 times to get it right.

    So now I'm taking the P85D back on Monday to have them try again...What am I missing? Such a pain to have to go back to the dealer again for this.
     
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  2. Cosmica

    Cosmica Member

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    I have done my own alignment on a Miata and a Volvo S60, and on those cars you have to physically restrain the steering wheel while you adjust the tires or else the wheel moves when you change the linkages. I don't know if Tesla is the same (maybe it is "fly by wire"), but I think a lot of places don't bother to fasten the steering wheel down before they start
     
  3. The Duke

    The Duke Member

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    Giving the alignment guy the benefit of the doubt here...

    Check your tires for wear and pressure, they can cause the car to pull. Only check the pull on a road with no crown, i.e. the road is not designed to drain to the side. Finding a flat road can be tough, but most 4 lane freeways will be flat in the second lane from the left (US driver here).

    Be sure he is aligning the car at the height you are testing at.
     

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