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    My steering wheel is off about a quarter turn to the right. It's been this way since I bought it six months ago. I don't think my alignment is off. No anormal tire wear or pulling. There was a post recently on how to correct this. I printed it but can no longer find it. I did a search for it but can't find it. Does anybody know how to straighten the steering wheel. It's really begining to bother me. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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    There is an adjustment sleeve on your drag link that will straighten up your steering wheel. Just loosen the nut on each end and rotate the sleeve until things straighten out. Should take about 5 minutes in all.

    The pitman arm is keyed so you cannot pull it and rotate it a couple of teeth.

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by June:
    My steering wheel is off about a quarter turn to the right. It's been this way since I bought it six months ago. I don't think my alignment is off. No anormal tire wear or pulling. There was a post recently on how to correct this. I printed it but can no longer find it. I did a search for it but can't find it. Does anybody know how to straighten the steering wheel. It's really begining to bother me. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.</font>
    If it's just a matter of straightening up the wheel, you can fix that pretty easily. You'll need to remove the horn assembly, then you need a puller to get the wheel off.
    Make sure the wheels are pointing straight ahead. Reinstall the wheel in the straight ahead position, torque down the nut that hold the wheel on, reinstall the horn & you're done.

    There's a little more to it than that but if you've got a service manual, you'll have it all expained there.

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    I have a 95 xj with the drivers side airbag. I don't want to mess with the airbag. So I'll try what Rocky Road suggested first and go from there. Thanks.

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    No NO No, don't straighten it by pulling the horn assy and centering your steering wheel. That is not the right way to do it. You could end up changing the steering stop to stop.
    RR has told you the right way.
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    Agreed, you should never have to pull the steering wheel to adjust the center. It was set to the center of the steering gear at the factory and thus the pitman arm is also set to the center of the steering gear. To adjust use the collar on the draglink like Rocky Road suggested.


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    Is it too late to say "just kidding"?

    Ya learn something new every day!

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    Airbag, eh? Take a BFH to the wheel and...

    Oh yeah, like I'm not kidding!

    If any doubt, take it to an alignment shop. Let them tease the airbag!
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    do NOT take the wheel off to straighten it.... you'll change your turn radius completely. you'll be able to turn REALLY far one way, and really short the other way.... adjust it with the little sleeve on the drag link....

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