Steering Wheel Problem - MINI Cooper Forum

First Generation Faults & Fixes MINI faults and fixes 2001 - 2006

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 2014, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
MINI2 Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: UK
Local Time: 09:48 AM
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

United Kingdom Male
 
Steering Wheel Problem

Hi

Do you know why my steering wheel is looking to the left when I am going in a straight line please.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	mini steering wheel (4).jpg
Views:	48
Size:	42.6 KB
ID:	173370  
subframe is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 2014, 06:47 PM
MINI2 Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Local Time: 08:48 AM
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

United Kingdom
 
Have you had new track rod ends put on? Does it pull to one side?,
If the above are fine, normal case of disconnecting the battery 1st then discont the air bag undo the large centre bolt and the rotate one notch and then reasonble,
Comment taken from old post


Anyway, after asking the dealer twice to straighten it and them still not getting it right, I popped past the other afternoon to have it sorted out. My goodness how easy. We popped down to the work bay and the mechanic disconnected the battery. Undid two screws behind the steering and removed the airbag unit. He then took an inpatch wrench and loosened the nut on the center of the steering wheel. Removed the steering wheel and shifted it one notch anti- clockwise and put it all back together. Perfect!
Dreadlocks is offline  
Thanks for this post from:
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old May 4th, 2014, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
MINI2 Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: UK
Local Time: 09:48 AM
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

United Kingdom Male
 
I donít know, I have only just recently bought the car

But by just relocating the steering wheel on the spline, would that mean that the turning cycle would then be more one way than the other, would it be affected by having the track rod ends mismatched on the ends.
subframe is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old May 4th, 2014, 09:30 AM
MINI2 Privilege Member
MINI2 Master
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Local Time: 09:48 AM
Posts: 3,793
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)

United Kingdom Male
 
Either something bent through impact? which may cause the car to pull to one side as youre driving?
The tracking been adjusted on one side only instead of equally both sides.
A new track rod end has been fitted, and its position just guessed.

Whoever did it, if its through adjustment/new part fitting, hasnt got a clue how to do the job correctly, and you cant tell me they didnt notice on a test drive.

With the steering wheel not horizontal in the straight ahead position also can affect the indicator cancelling function too, and taking the wheel off and putting it on straight is not the right solution either unless someone has taken the wheel off and not put in on straight of course, that you wont know unless you have it all tracked with alignment equipment, which you should do.
The Nun is online now  
Thanks for this post from:
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old May 4th, 2014, 09:41 AM
MINI2 Master
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Tyneside
Local Time: 09:48 AM
Posts: 1,267
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)

United Kingdom
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreadlocks View Post
Anyway, after asking the dealer twice to straighten it and them still not getting it right, I popped past the other afternoon to have it sorted out. My goodness how easy. We popped down to the work bay and the mechanic disconnected the battery. Undid two screws behind the steering and removed the airbag unit. He then took an inpatch wrench and loosened the nut on the center of the steering wheel. Removed the steering wheel and shifted it one notch anti- clockwise and put it all back together. Perfect!
Don't you now find that the indicators self-cancel very early in one direction and late in the other?

So the mechanic only fixed the cosmetic problem of the steering wheel position and not the probably underlying problem that the tracking adjustment had been carelessly done on only one track rod. There is no problem or risk with this, just an annoyance.
Angib is offline  
Thanks for this post from:
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Steering wheel MF Asif jcw First Generation MINI Cooper S 1 Feb 28th, 2014 12:33 PM
Cooper Diesel Steering Wheel Controls Bonxy MINI Cooper Diesel 2 Dec 16th, 2012 10:21 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome