DIY alignment

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at
Sun Sep 22 20:22:53 EDT 2002

The steering wheel can be centered independent of, or in conjunction with
alignment.  To center, lengthen one and shorten the other tie rod by equal


> From: "Joshua C" <smuckycat at>
> Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 14:44:08 -0400
> To: 200q20v at
> Subject: DIY alignment
> I just had new shocks, control arms, bushings, and tie rods installed.  My
> mechanic is not set up to do alignments so I figured I would do it my self
> according to the directions posted by Bernie.  Seems pretty straight
> foreward ( I also have Bently Manual).  The issue is that when I got the car
> back the steering wheel is not centered (when the steering wheel is in the
> straight ahead position the car is turning).
> Should I put the wheel straight ahead and perform the alignment?  Is this
> the correct way to solve this issue?.
> thanks in advance.-Josh
> Joshua Cummings
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