[200q20v] Re: [audi20v] Steering wheel offset

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Mon Sep 10 13:45:39 EDT 2001

Hi Pat,

Glad to hear that your DIY alignment worked out well.  I knew that you could
easily adapt my procedure, designed for 44 and 89 chassis sedans, to the CQ.

Sounds to me like the steering wheel not centered is your remaining problem.
This is the last step, which I took for granted as being obvious, so did not
cover. Also, I took for granted that everyone knew that angular units are
the same as time units.  60 sec. = 1 min.  60 min. = 1 degree.

The steering wheel is centered by adjusting the toe adjustments on each side
in equal and opposite directions, thus keeping the same toe setting, but
correcting the straight ahead position of the rack and steering wheel.
After doing this, recheck your toe setting.


> From: pkyam <pkyam at bitstream.net>
> Reply-To: Patrick <pkyam at bitstream.net>
> Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2001 09:53:31 -0500 (CDT)
> To: "Audi 20V" <audi20v at rennlist.org>
> Subject: [audi20v] Steering wheel offset
> I just successfully did the 4-wheel alignment with the help of Bernie's
> procedure. A couple of things I would add to it would be the calculations
> you need to make and how, a brief explaination of arc minutes as indicated
> in Bentley (1' = 1/60 deg.), and chassis reference point for the CQ. The
> CQ had long doors to there is no really obvious point to measure to. I
> picked the corner of the body by the door sill at the botton rear corner
> of the doors. Also, I used jack stands to hold a straight edge level with
> the wheels at axle height and dropped the plumb bob down from the tangent
> points to be consistent with my points of measurement.
> Everything worked out, it was tedious to align the front, but everything
> worked out. Now the stering wheel is slightly turned to the left while
> going straight. This is after adjusting it on the axle to the closest to
> center position. Is there a way to adjust the steering column to a true
> center position, or is it likely that I still have something not aligned>
> I've double checked all my numbers a couple times now, and it points to
> the steering column being offset angularly.
> Pat
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