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    Default Steering wheel pointing in a different direction to the wheels!

    Hi All,

    Well, my search for a new discovery is continuing, and I've found one I like a lot. (I'll post spec/pics if I get it!) The only small issue is that to drive it in a straight line, the steering wheel needs to be pointed about 20 degrees to the left! I've had a few cars where the wheel isn't straight and it's always been a pet peeve, but I've never seen one this far out!

    So! (Question time!) How difficult is it to straighten it? Is it just a case of taking the wheel off and re-attaching it roughly straight? Also, why will this have happened??? Is it anything I need to worry about?

    Thanks in advance for any replies!

    Rik,

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    Default Re: Steering wheel pointing in a different direction to the wheels!

    Do you have to hold the wheel at that position to go in a straight line? (If you took your hands off the wheel, would the car go in a straight line, and would it sit with the wheel 20 degrees off centre?)

    If that's the case, then the steering wheel is just on a bit crooked. Drive along a car park or something so that you know the actual wheels are in a straight line, and then pop the steering wheel off and put it back on straight.

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    Yep! That's right. The car drives perfectly straight. The wheel just stays at 20 degrees off centre!

    Glad to know it's not a more serious issue! I think I might go for this one then!

    Rik,

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    The steering wheel on a discovery is set to the straight ahead position by adjusting the length of the drag link. If you buy the car it's very simple to do and involves no cost.

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    That sounds promising! Plus, I wouldn't have to mess with the airbag! How/where is the drag link adjusted?

    Cheers,

    Rik,

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    Default Re: Steering wheel pointing in a different direction to the wheels!

    Had this problem on my car when they had to replace the gearbox(non landrover) they never put it back as it should have been and the wheel was off centre,they just adjusted what ever needed doing and its been fine ever since and i have had it for 6 yrs now,just make sure its not pulling to one side and that all the tyres are evenly worn ,just incase its had a run in with a high curb or similar and has not been repaired correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeppermintGreen View Post
    That sounds promising! Plus, I wouldn't have to mess with the airbag! How/where is the drag link adjusted?

    Cheers,

    Rik,
    The drag link is the "bar" that joins the steering box to the N/S front of the front axle, The owner probably replaced the ball joints and didn't think to count the turns when removing them so as to put them back the same. The drag ling has a L/H thread one end and a R/H thread the other, loosen the locking nuts or pinch bolts and turn the bar one way or the other until the wheel is where you want it. Check that you've not unwound it completely though, you may lose the steering altogether .

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    Took the words out of my mouth.
    Just to add, the ball joint threads are normally corroded into the link tube and often require a bit of heat, a lot of release oil and a large pair of stilsons or mole grips. Once you have the tube rotating freely it's usually a bit of trial and error and a number of test runs until you get the steering wheel spot on.
    Don't forget to tighten the clamps up when you've finished.

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    Default Re: Steering wheel pointing in a different direction to the wheels!

    "lose the steering altogether"

    So, steering wheel off it is then!!!!!!!!

    Need to hurry up with the haynes manual purchase! I have one for my 300Tdi but not one for a TD5 yet.

    But I reckon this is the car to go for. Going over again tonight. Hopefully put some pics up tomorrow!

    Thanks for all your help!

    Rik,

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