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i just got my two ball joints changed and the steering wheel is now crooked. the car goes in a straight line when my hands are off the wheel so the direction is good i'm assuming. should i worry about a crooked steering wheel or just let it be?


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I HATE when alignment guys do that. That is the worst thing in the world to have a crooked steering wheel. It drives me insane.

That being said, it wont hurt your car any.

BUT IT WILL MAKE YOU GO ON A HOMICIDAL KILLING SPREE
 

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Did you have the car re-aligned after changing the ball joints? If you didn't have it re-aligned and the steering wheel is off very bad you probably have some misalignment issues.
 

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well i was told in the event of saving money that since they were screw-on ball joints no alignment was necessary. that being said the steering wheel is not incredibly crooked, enough for it to bother me though - haha.
 

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That's strange. Replacing ball joints shouldn't make the steering wheel crooked. The only way it would be crooked is if they messed with your tie rods.
 

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Ball joints don't screw-on, tie rod ends do. You may want to have an alignment done because even if the car goes straight those tires are still gonna wear strange.
 

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The other thing that can tilt the steering wheel is if the rack moves in its mounts. I had a tilted steering wheel for years and when ever I'd take it in to have an alignment done place would say the steering wheel must be put on wrong cause the tie rods were threaded on equally. I don't that's possible though cause I'm pretty sure the steering wheel on the Escort is keyed to only go one way like most cars.

Well I've been redoing my whole car and when I went to replace the steering rack bushings with poly ones I saw that the whole rack had move an inch or so to the side and the old worn out rubber bushing was half squeezed out. I replaced the bushing and the wheel is straight again.

Maybe when the ball joints were replace someone wacked the steering and moved the rack?
 

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I just had one of my ball joints replaced, as well as a tie rod end. Before i brought it in, the steering wheel was turned to the right, and the car was not driving straight either. Now, after i got the new ball joint and TRE, the car drives straight but the steering wheel is turned slightly to the left.
Is there a way to adjust the steering wheel myself, or is this something that has to be done if an alignment is done?
 

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If the ball joints were really loose previously and they decided to do an alignment thats probably why. What I used to do at home to align cars is set the steering wheel straight and lock it. Then with the front wheels up get a piece of string from the back tire and line up the fronts with the rears. Worked everytime.
 

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i just got my two ball joints changed and the steering wheel is now crooked. the car goes in a straight line when my hands are off the wheel so the direction is good i'm assuming. should i worry about a crooked steering wheel or just let it be?


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Yes you should be concerned I had mine done and I'm having the same problem and I don't believe that you should be able to turn your steering wheel three times before it stops to the right or left I'm having to go have it checked out in the morning I will let you know what they say this is a concern should never have a crooked steering wheel there is either some other problem or it had horrible ball joints and then you got new ones and your steering needs aligned which they say you never need an alignment after ball joints but if your ball joints were worn and you had an alignment previously and then got new ones you definitely would need a new alignment I know it sounds confusing but this is what it sounds like I will repost after going to get my alignment and tell you if everything is fine and also ask him why my steering wheel is turning so many times to the left of the right prior to this I was turning out of a parking lot and my ball joint busted in my steering wheel was crooked you might want to check both ball joints I had mine replaced both at the same time not just one maybe if you replace the one the other ones going out or it's weaker bent they take a great hit not just a shocks I noticed that ball joints take a lot of hits prior to the shock that's on a truck or a car since I've learned this I've noticed that ball joints are very important they're the pins to your control arms that allow you to steer they are very important and mine just busted because I have heavy rims on a truck it is very scary I'm glad I wasn't on the highway or with family I hope that you found out your situation and maybe you can help me as well I will post and keep you posted thanks for sharing
 
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