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Old 10-19-2017, 09:59 AM   #1
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straighten steering wheel

Can a steering wheel be straightened after alignment? 2016 Vista LX 35F. Alignment shop says no second adjustment on F53 to align wheel, let Ford shop just "pop" the steering wheel and realign on spline. Ford shop says "no way", it has to be done on alignment rack. Any thoughts or experiences? Thanks. Suebobby
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:26 AM   #2
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It needs to be done at the steering shaft connection on the steering box.

Ford should know this, that have a service writeup on it.
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Problem solved, Thank you!
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:24 PM   #4
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Problem solved, Thank you!


How did you solve the problem?
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Problem solved, Thank you!
OK, so how was it resolved????????
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Yes it can be however the alignment needed to be done with the steering box centered by turning the wheel fully to one side and then while counting the turns spinning it half that number of turns back and since its a solid front axle with a drag link steering system fine tune the toe on the drivers side with the steering wheel locking it in that position with a pressure bar and hook not just the steering lock. If the steering wheels cross bar/horn pad is not level at that point then would be the time to address that. On independent suspension with the steering box connected to a center link instead of the knuckle on the drivers side you would center the wheel lock it and then adjust center more finely using the tie rod end adjusters. If the coach gets loaded differently for travel then it was when the alignment was done then the center can shift slightly as the compressing of the springs can change the relationship between the drag link and the steering knuckle. When leaf springs compress they flatten effectively making them longer so the axle shifts forward and back slightly.

On cars with independent front suspension both sides will toe in and out as you are driving making this more equal but giving you some tire squeal from time to time at the extreme limits of the suspensions travel. The extent of this will become obvious on those vehicles (especially older ones without rack and pinion steering and struts) as you may see the front wheels either drastically toe in or out (dependent on whether the tie rods and center link mount to the fronts or backs of the knuckles) when both front tires are jacked up off the ground.
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Ford dealer was looking up our older E450 C class records. They realized the error and agreed that the steering box was the way it was done on the F53 chassis. thank you for all of the input.
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