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Steering Wheel off center?

Pianewman

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Oct 28, 2020
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I just purchased my first new car in over 10 yrs (2008 Tacoma) - my steering wheel is also off-center ~4-5 degrees to the right as well. My GF didnt notice, but I instantly did and now I can't "not" notice it.

Any issues getting it resolved with the SC? Is it best to ask for steering wheel to be centered first, THEN for a realignment, or will the SC pretty know what to do to fix? I really don't want to make two trips if by centering the steering wheel it makes the car drift to the left.

Thanks! New here and excited to get used to my M3.
I can't speak for your local SC, but, if they're trained properly, they'll know the sequence. The simplest solution is for the FE guy to simply place the steering wheel in a perfectly centered position, lock it in place (I've seen a telescoping rod, placed tightly between the brake pedal/floor and the steering wheel) and THEN make the mechanical adjustments in the front end. It's labor intensive to align, and then remove the steering wheel and change it's position. I've seen it done both ways, but prefer the former.
I'd have the SC work this out. If they fail (and...uhh...sometimes they do) it's worth it to spend the $100+ to have a qualified suspension shop do the work. There's nothing special about Tesla suspensions, and you might prefer, in the long run, saving money by creating a relationship with an indie FE/tire shop.
Hope this helps.
 

TLLMRRJ

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Dec 19, 2019
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Koolio46: Common, perhaps, to those that post here. Tesla delivered around 185,000 cars in Q1 2021. We'll never know if it's a common occurrence.

I bet if you did the detective work at the factory, you could trace it down to when some guy, probably named Bob, was on shift in alignments.

Both my Tesla's came with the steering wheel to the right, and Tesla couldn't fix it, and an independent couldn't fix it, so I bought a Track Ace laser toe alignment tool and got it absolutely perfect myself (and fixed excessive toe in both the front and rear on both cars).

The shape of the steering wheel with the Tesla logo acting as a compass needle makes any slight tilt super annoying. A lot of these shops just don't want to take the time/effort to tweak it to perfection.
 
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Koolio46

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I bet if you did the detective work at the factory, you could trace it down to when some guy, probably named Bob, was on shift in alignments.

Both my Tesla's came with the steering wheel to the right, and Tesla couldn't fix it, and an independent couldn't fix it, so I bought a Track Ace laser toe alignment tool and got it absolutely perfect myself (and fixed excessive toe in both the front and rear on both cars).

The shape of the steering wheel with the Tesla logo acting as a compass needle makes any slight tilt super annoying. A lot of these shops just don't want to take the time/effort to tweak it to perfection.
Track Ace, I remember seeing someone post about that before. Did a quick search and seems like it’s only available in the UK. The link to the US distributor / seller is dead.

Where do you get the alignment specs for each vehicle for that device (so you know you’ve got the correct alignment)? Also, where did you purchase (assuming you purchased it in the US)?
 

mmyers300

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Apr 7, 2021
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We're picking up our new MY LR in 3 days (Sunday). Do you guys recommend a front-end alignment, on a proactive basis, even if everything appears OK?
It's not clear if the Service Center in Richmond, VA will do alignments or I should take it to a local garage, specializing in wheel alignments.
Thanks for any thoughts/comments!
My 2018 AWD alignment was off (right front toe was -0.32, best is very close to zero, left toe was 0.02) and was wearing the inside of that tire very noticeably at about 10k miles. I would say it's worth getting the alignment checked right away or at least fully measuring and tracking tread depth all across all of the tires to see if they are even over many miles. If they are, then chances are better that no alignment is needed.
 

Vinhho98

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Apr 8, 2021
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Roseville CA
Just picked up MY yesterday from SC and the steering wheel is still off center after it was aligned and both front door is still not align flush with the rear door after adjusting, SC also cut the left front window weather strip body seal about 3 feet to modify the fiting/align issue. Just bought 1 week.
 

Adirondack_D

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Mar 13, 2021
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Upstate NY
I brought my 1 week old Y into the service center today due to the wheel being to the right, and a rattle. When I picked it up, the wheel is now slightly to the left. Its one of those live with it things. On a lighter note, they did fix the rattle in my front headliner, so the trip to the SC wasn't a complete waste.
 

Scarecrow

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Jan 18, 2021
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I took my March 2021 MYP to the service center today for the steering wheel being off center to the right by 5 degrees. Immediately, they had a technician road test the car while I waited. The technician made it very clear to my service advisor that the wheel was definitely off center, not my perception. Apparently, after a full day of multiple alignments the car kept returning back to 5 degrees off center. This prompted the SC to escalate to engineering. The SC will be keeping the car for a week while I get an ice loaner. The concern is the subframe may not be aligned. The MYP has only 300 miles on it. My fear is this may end up becoming a lemon after putting in $3,600 in PPF.

FWIW, our other MYP also had the steering wheel off center by 4-5 degrees to the right that was fixed with an alignment and steering wheel centering.
 
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