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Tesla Model 3 Steering Wheel not centre on delivery

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Falcon3, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. rainforest

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    I didn’t mention anything about being keyed (maybe it was another member), but I also don’t understand how it aligns itself. That’s just what two service centres have said.
     
  2. beachmiles

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    Does anyone know what the splines key pattern is? I want to try and extend the stock steering wheel out an inch or 2 with steering wheel spacer/extender. The 2 steering wheel cables have what looks like enough wire slack.
    Something like this maybe?
    Steering Shaft Adapter - Splined
     
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    I wonder if this will be possible with the 4WD, because of the maximum articulation angle limitation?
     
  4. Resist

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    #44 Resist, Aug 16, 2019
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    My Model 3 recently had an all wheel alignment and now I noticed the steering wheel is slightly to the right too, when driving straight. I haven't put many miles on it since the alignment, so I hope it self centers because it's really annoying me. But I'm a bit confused, one person here said there is a procedure you must do to get it to self center and another said it does it on its own. I have not called my nearest service center yet because I really don't want to have to take it in, as they are 2 hours away from me.
     
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    They leave the factory that way? Or is the car being mis-handled in transit?
     
  7. Resist

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    If that's something they can fix.
     
  8. WilliamG

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    Fix itself on its own? No.
     
  9. Resist

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    Finally went to a Tesla Service Center to have them center my steering wheel. When it was done I got about half a mile away and noticed the steering wheel was still off center to the right. I took it back to them. They tried centering it again but it still was off center to the right, only now the car pulls to the right also. It was the end of the day and I didn't want to spend anymore time there so I drove home. I called them the next day to tell them they hadn't fix the issue. Guess I'll go to a different Tesla Service Center and see what they can do.

    How friggin hard is it to get this fixed? Tesla did a wheel alignment (according to my invoices), on it 3 times and still couldn't get it right. This should be an easy thing to correct.
     
  10. Resist

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    This is so not true. To confirm this, I asked the techs at the service center and they said no.
     
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  11. holmgang

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    The concept of alignment is easy. Setting everything straight is slightly less easy.

    On the tie rod there is a nut that shortens or lengthens the rod, effectively pushing one end of the wheel in or out (the toe).

    The idea is that the toe should be symmetric to the centerline of the car, while the steering wheel is centered.

    The problem is that it's somewhat difficult to center the steering wheel, before working on the adjustments. You probably know from experience when wiggling the steering wheel while parked, that it flexes the tires then bounces back.

    It's impossible to precisely nudge the wheel every degree and have it set exactly there with fine granularity. It's also very difficult to eyeball true center -- you don't see it sitting still, as much as you sense it when actually driving down the road. I don't know if techs have some sort of implement to hook into the steering wheel, and mount a level on top. I'm guessing most just eyeball it as best they can.

    I can sorta sympathize if they can't spend an hour retweaking the steering until it's as perfect as drivers demand.

    What I would following an alignment, is if the camber, caster, toe, and all of the rest of that is correct....go home and finish the steering wheel part myself. Make small, *equal* adjustments on both tie rods to maintain correct toe.

    I also remember in the US that Firestone service chain had a lifetime alignment deal. If youre unhappy with the steering, just take it in another shop or another day until you luck out with the results.
     
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    The steering wheel can easily been seen with an eyeball that it's not centered. Obviously, I'm going to have to take it a service center again. I'm just tired of driving 2 hours to get there and 2 hours to come back home, and that's the closest one.
     
  13. quitepossibly

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    The service center should be able to fix it.

    When I first got my car, the steering wheel was crooked. I drove it a while hoping that it would "self-correct," but that never happened. When I finally took it to the service center, the service advisor tried to charge me for an alignment stating that I must have hit a pot hole. But the technician agreed to take care of it under warranty.

    The moral of the story is to take it in as soon as possible so they don't try to blame you for the steering being off.
     
  14. dutchchili

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    If the steering wheel seems off centre but there are no vibrations in the wheel, it usually is just the wheel. Vibrations (usually above 50 mph) indicate alignment issues with at least the front wheels.
    Mine was off too. They aligned the wheels (and perhaps the steering wheel too). Th steering wheels is now centered and the vibrations are gone. Big difference in driving comfort and it also seems to be a more quite ride.
    A proper (laser assisted) alignment can take up to 90 minutes.
     

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