Steering Wheel Turning Circle Not Perfect

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by polypheus, Nov 20, 2003.

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    polypheus Guest


    I own a new Honda Accord EX and noticed that when I turn the steering
    wheel all the way around (either direction) that the steering wheel
    doesn't turn in a perfect, tight circle. It appears that the "axis"
    where the steering wheel turns is not exactly centered so that the
    steering wheel appears slightly "wobbly" when it is spun completely

    To explain again:
    Imagine a perfect circle rotating around the exact center. It would
    spin in a perfect circle. Then imagine you shift the axis of rotation
    slightly above or below the exact center of the circle and you can see
    that the circle will kind of "wobble" because it is not spinning
    around the circle's actual center.

    Is this normal and expected in the Accord or other cars? Or is it the
    case that my steering wheel was not installed or built with enough
    precision and thus I should see about fixing it?

    Thanks for any help and insight!

    (Please reply to the newsgroup as I do not read the email from this
    account due to SPAM)
    polypheus, Nov 20, 2003
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    Mike Romain Guest

    That is normal on lots of vehicles.

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    Mike Romain, Nov 20, 2003
  3. This is the case on every passenger vehicle I can think of. Has been for
    decades. The wheel is offset-mounted to give you additional leg clearance
    during the most frequent condition, which is the steering wheel "up"
    (wheels straight ahead).

    Daniel J. Stern, Nov 20, 2003
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    Duran Guest

    I own a new Honda Accord EX and noticed that when I turn the steering
    I can't recall ever owning a vehicle (Honda or otherwise) that DIDN'T do
    Duran, Nov 20, 2003
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    Jeff Tamblyn Guest

    More I read this NG the more I think you should have to pass a test to own a
    Jeff Tamblyn, Nov 21, 2003
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    Tegger® Guest

    (polypheus) quoth thusly in

    Anybody remember the orginal Austin Allegro "Quartic" steering wheel? Two
    points if you do...

    What you've got is NORMAL. NO modern steering wheel is guaranteed to be
    perfectly circular, with all points of the periphery equidistant from a
    single axis.
    Tegger®, Nov 21, 2003
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    Bo Williams Guest

    My dad had an '83ish Electra that was so bad in this regard on the other
    axis (front to back) that you had to anticipate it when you allowed the
    steering wheel to return after a turn, or it would slide right out of
    your hand. It had a good inch and a half of delta.
    Bo Williams, Nov 21, 2003
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    Chris Garcia Guest

    (polypheus) decided to join the conversation on
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    I think this is normal.. My 96 Civic is like that.. My parents' 99 CR-V
    is like that.. I'm pretty sure 91 Civic is like that too.. it might be a
    little less off center though..

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    Chris Garcia, Nov 21, 2003
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    Gus Guest

    But then you couldn't buy one.
    Gus, Nov 22, 2003
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    Barry S. Guest

    I think it would be great if everyone had to pass a more than basic
    automotive repair course to own a car/have a license. I'd make it
    cover basic engine operation, basic electrical, sensor failures and
    how they may effect the operation of the car, and how individual
    systems from cooling to suspension work. Overhauling components,
    emissions and the explanation of power flow in an automatic would
    probably not be covered! But make it so that people had a strong
    understanding of how the individual systems in a vehicle worked. It'd
    at the very least keep a lot of people who really shouldn't be driving
    off the road, and that wouldn't be a bad thing in my opinion. And
    since most people are so dependent on their cars, I certainly am, the
    more consumers know -- the better.

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    Barry S., Nov 22, 2003
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    Jeff Tamblyn Guest

    I own two.
    Jeff Tamblyn, Nov 23, 2003
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    Jeff Tamblyn Guest

    I agree. I've heard so many wacky tales during my time working at a body
    shop...and seen so many poorly maintained cars that wound up in "accidents"
    it's no wonder people are regularly screwed by 1) insurance companies, 2)
    car dealers, 3) repair shops. If auto consumers were better educated in auto
    maintenance a lot of scumbags would have find a real job! At the very
    least-read and understand and follow the owner's manual.
    Jeff Tamblyn, Nov 23, 2003
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