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Old 09-28-2011, 05:52 PM
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Is your steering wheel centered?

Unfortunately, my 528i was one of those that pull to the right. I finally brought it in for a fix a few weeks back. The stealership wanted to rob me for $300 for alignement. The charge was dropped because they ended up flashing firmware.

Anyways, so now the car drives straight. Except that the steering wheel seems to be turned a bit to the right at natural position (the position when the car drives straight).

It is not off center by much. But it's off enough to noticeable. When cursing straight, it just feels weird!!

Anyone has the same experience dealing with this? I want to get it fixed, but just want to make sure I am not being over sensitive.


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Old 09-28-2011, 07:17 PM
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Unfortunately, my 528i was one of those that pull to the right. I finally brought it in for a fix a few weeks back. The stealership wanted to rob me for $300 for alignement. The charge was dropped because they ended up flashing firmware.

Anyways, so now the car drives straight. Except that the steering wheel seems to be turned a bit to the right at natural position (the position when the car drives straight).

It is not off center by much. But it's off enough to noticeable. When cursing straight, it just feels weird!!

Anyone has the same experience dealing with this? I want to get it fixed, but just want to make sure I am not being over sensitive.


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This is a product of a poorly done alignment. I always insist on sitting in my car during an alignment to hold the wheel absolutely centered while the alignment is done. If a clamp is used instead of a person it often allows the steering wheel to shift off center during the alignment. Insist on the dealer doing it again for free, they screwed it up in the first place. If you work during the week, do it on a Saturday morning if the dealer is open. I have been doing this since 1989 and it's the only thing that works. I let the service manager do it for me last spring and I had to bring it back to get it done right.

BMWs tend to hold alignment well so I usually only have to do it once a year after a winter of Pittsburgh Potholes. Good Luck!
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:36 PM
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My wheel is perfectly straight, has been since day 1. Take it back -- they should center it. Nothing drives me crazy like an off-center steering wheel.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:18 PM
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Unfortunately, my 528i was one of those that pull to the right. I finally brought it in for a fix a few weeks back. The stealership wanted to rob me for $300 for alignement. The charge was dropped because they ended up flashing firmware.

Anyways, so now the car drives straight. Except that the steering wheel seems to be turned a bit to the right at natural position (the position when the car drives straight).

It is not off center by much. But it's off enough to noticeable. When cursing straight, it just feels weird!!

Anyone has the same experience dealing with this? I want to get it fixed, but just want to make sure I am not being over sensitive.


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So now you have absolutely no pull to the right at all???
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:16 PM
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Yes, I think it doesn't pull to the right anymore. At least it much much better than before.

Thanks for everyone's suggestion. I will give my service guy a call and see if it can be fixed.
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