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    Default Re: Steering wheel off centre. Cause ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tolsen123 View Post
    As I understand it he measured both sides to a fixed datum and got 10 mm shorter distance on near side.
    That's not how I read post #6. Perhaps the op could clarify ... ?
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    Default Re: Steering wheel off centre. Cause ?

    Quote Originally Posted by dpmike View Post
    That's not how I read post #6. Perhaps the op could clarify ... ?
    Looks like I misread his post. Clearly he states rear left had moved back 10 mm.
    Could be rear subframe that has moved. Quite possible rear subframe was not sitting right to start with as most mechanics are unaware of the special tightening sequence.

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    Default Re: Steering wheel off centre. Cause ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tolsen123 View Post
    ..... as most mechanics are unaware of the special tightening sequence.
    Enlighten me .... �� Just had my Roadsters subframe lowered for starter replacement & never particularly noted anything that might suggests a sequence other than location lugs for the front 2 bolts.

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    Default Re: Steering wheel off centre. Cause ?

    Quote Originally Posted by dpmike View Post
    That's not how I read post #6. Perhaps the op could clarify ... ?
    Lol, I read this post earlier today as saying that’s how I read post#6 , I.e. you were agreeing with Tolly

    Talk about misreading posts
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    Default Re: Steering wheel off centre. Cause ?

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed it's as simple as rear subframe that has moved on the bolts. Health issues means I haven't been able to investigate yet but witness marks around rear subframe bolts and mounting area is what I'll be looking for.
    MOT, and tax, has expired so car is off the road and as I've got another car to use (assuming wife hasn't gone out !) then want to take my time in sorting the problem out.
    Last edited by WesleyPegden; 8th June 2018 at 19:53.

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    Default Re: Steering wheel off centre. Cause ?

    Very likely a bent De-dion axle, it doesn't take an awful lot to bend them if a wheel gets hit. Check the rear axle location links for any signs of bending.

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    Default Re: Steering wheel off centre. Cause ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikerj View Post
    Very likely a bent De-dion axle, it doesn't take an awful lot to bend them if a wheel gets hit. Check the rear axle location links for any signs of bending.
    Going to check rear tracking to see if wheels no longer parallel.

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    Default Re: Steering wheel off centre. Cause ?

    Go to a dealer and take crucial measurements from another smart
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    Default Re: Steering wheel off centre. Cause ?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlmostInvisibleMan View Post
    Go to a dealer and take crucial measurements from another smart
    Doubt dealers stock many 450 Smarts anymore.

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    Default Re: Steering wheel off centre. Cause ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tolsen123 View Post
    Doubt dealers stock many 450 Smarts anymore.
    There's bound to be a car dealer selling a 450 or two somewhere, maybe not a smart dealer per se.
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