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Old 02-08-2003, 10:11 AM
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Steering Wheel Off-Center

Since getting the new 330i I have noticed that my steering wheel is off center. Since the dealer is about 40 Miles away, I decided to straighten it myself.

I pulled the steering wheel off and found that the notch on the steering shaft and the notch on the steering wheel actually line up perfectly.

The car does not feel out of alignment and I suppose the toe could be off slightly. The tires do not feel worn or feathered, but they only have 500 miles on them.

Is this something I should have corrected, or should I simply center the steering wheel and be done with it?
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Old 02-08-2003, 10:12 AM
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If the two marks line up, something else is wrong. Do not just move the wheel. Get it looked at.
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Old 02-08-2003, 10:15 AM
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Thanks TD. That was my thinking as well.
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Old 02-08-2003, 02:42 PM
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You get a free alignment within the first 2,000 mile of ownership, in the first year. Take advantage of that.

It is NOT uncommon to have these cars being slightly out of alignment fresh off the dealership lot. Unfortunately 99% of the people out there driving will not realize this.
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Old 02-08-2003, 03:13 PM
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You get a free alignment within the first 2,000 mile of ownership, in the first year.
2,000 miles or 2 months, actually...

I got my car aligned on the day it turned 2 months old. I had noticed it was pulling excessively on the highway.

Don't try to fix it yourself.... Take it to the dealer and get it done by them under warranty.
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Old 02-08-2003, 03:48 PM
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I noticed that my wheel is off a little bit as well, it is barely noticeable. The car tracks straight and tires seem to be wearing evenly, what are the other symptoms of incorrect alignment?

I put some 5,200 miles on a car since November and don't think that dealer will fix it for free.
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Old 02-08-2003, 05:05 PM
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Thanks guys. I will definately be taking the car in this week to have this fixed. Hopefully, it is something very simple and easy to fix.

At least I know how to remove the steering wheel now. Since I hope to get the M3 Wheel soon, I will have no trouble making the swap!
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Old 02-08-2003, 05:24 PM
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Just curious... how much does an alignment cost? Could it be done at a BMWCCA DIY event?

Noticing my CD changer skipping as well. Maybe I should just make an apppt.
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Old 02-08-2003, 06:39 PM
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"mine's off a little too"

F1Crazy - They come from the factory at 11:30 instead of straight up frequently. It does not mean you need an alignment. If it drives well - no problem.
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Old 02-08-2003, 08:45 PM
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The toe-in on your front wheels is probably not adjusted evenly. By turning the wheel slightly, you effectively even out the toe which allows you to go straight. I guess there's really nothing wrong with driving like this, since everything is technicaly "aligned", but its annoying and I'd have it fixed. As the HACK said, you can get an alignment for free during the first 2k miles-- take advantage of it! If you have to pay for it, it'll cost you $100-$200 depending on the dealer.
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Old 02-08-2003, 09:03 PM
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It sure is annoying! I'm going to let the dealer check it out.
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Old 02-10-2003, 09:37 AM
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Just curious... how much does an alignment cost? Could it be done at a BMWCCA DIY event?

Noticing my CD changer skipping as well. Maybe I should just make an apppt.
About $200 from a BMW dealership. Probably $100 at any reputable tire shop.
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About $200 from a BMW dealership. Probably $100 at any reputable tire shop.
$99 at my dealer... Take that!

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Old 02-10-2003, 10:51 AM
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$99 at my dealer... Take that!

Man, first cheap oil changes, now this! That dealer of yours must be facing some strong competition. What about parts prices, are they cheaper as well?
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Old 02-11-2003, 01:11 PM
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Well, I took the 330 into the dealer today to get the alignment and everything checked.

Turns out, the car was slightly out of alignment. So, everything is now back in line.

Thanks for all the advice guys, good to have the steering wheel centered like it should be.
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