does anyone else have a steering wheel that is unaligned? in order to drive straight, the wheel needs to be way off to the right (too far), the car itself seems aligned, seems like it's the steering wheel itself that's off...
Mine is ever so slightly off. I've got a ranger coming out (possibly tomorrow) to check it out.
There is another thread about a pair of rear tires destroyed quickly due to severe misalignment. The steering wheel might just be off, or one wheel might be misaligned compared to the other, causing pull and wear on the tires. Does the handling feel funny? Its easy to just recommend you have it corrected quickly. Maybe the factory has developed a weakness in this area. How long have you had it?
My steering wheel was off to the right. alignment was fine--driving on a flat surface.
took it to the freemont service and they fixed it. looks and works fine now.
My last car came this way too. After a couple years I got an alignment and it was straightened.. As others have said it's probably fine but keep an eye on tire wear to make sure the wheel alignment isn't off. It is anoying though so I would have it fixed personally.
I had a ranger out today to look at this (and other issues). He tested it and found the alignment to be fine. He also adjusted the center "trim" position of the steering wheel.
He told me an interesting factoid too. I'm not sure if this is true for all cars or just Tesla, but he said that it was actually normal for the car to drift slightly to the right. Apparently they're designed that way so that if you fall sleep at the wheel you'll drift off into the shoulder instead of into oncoming traffic. I never knew that, but it makes sense.
They only consider it a "pull" (as opposed to a "drift") if you have to actively fight the wheel to maintain center.
thanks for the replies.. ranger service, wow!
wish we had that option here in LA.
the car is a week old. not driving until it's fixed..
it is normal for a car to slightly be off also because of the curvature of the road, which they factor in.. this badboy however, is way off. unfortunately this is common with lots of new cars. the only real frustration is not being albe to get it fixed in a timely fashion. it's a long wait, and a complete drag to have to spend almost a full day (wasted) getting it fixed. i never could understand this important detail being overlooked before delivery on any really expensive product. guitars are the same way, even really expensive guitars usually need "alignment" work when they're brand new.
Yes - Mine is just a 1/4 of an inch or so to the left of center. Gonna get that looked at. Also - Just plopped my 1900 bucks down on the service contract. It's still adding up! 5000 miles in - still very happy overall.
Chris - LA does have rangers. They came to me in Pasadena.
@sometimelater - if it is just the steering wheel turned yet the car is in alignment and steers properly, I am not sure why you can't drive it until it is fixed.
@jinglehyme - he probably means Louisiana
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