08-06-2015, 06:39 PM
Join Date: Aug 2015
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Steering Wheel Center
I recently had my Miata aligned by a reputable shop and one that is really familiar with Miatas. However, when driving I am finding the steering wheel is offset from center nearly 3 degrees, which I understand is considered within spec.
The weird part is, they allowed me to sit in the car, and so, I held the steering wheel to "my" center for the duration of the alignment. I had marked the center with tape and pen marks prior, and so it was a simple to replicate the center I wanted.
Other than the steering wheel being off-center, there is no pull, tracking issue, or drifting (other than the expected road crown). The car tracks fairly straight.
Thoughts, not withstanding machine calibration error? Worn bushings perhaps? There does not seem to be any play with tie-rods or bushings when I try and twist the front wheels that are jacked up in the air.
Stock suspension and wheels
Final Alignment Settings (printout):
Front Caster: 5.0 (both sides)
Front Camber: -1.4 (both sides)
Front Toe: 0.00
Rear Camber: -1.2 (both sides)
Rear Toe-In: 0.05 degrees (both sides)
Included Ang: 11.4/11.8