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Hey guys. It's been a while since posting.

My 92 rs with 294,xxx miles is having trouble returning the steering to the center after turning. I just put on new rubber (Flaken Ziex 205/50/15), but I think it was happening before hand as well. Hard to tell, but I just thought it was from the worn out tires.

Question: Why won't the steering wheel return to center without me actually doing it myself?

What do I need to fix? Pump? Rack?

The fluid is full and the belt is new and tensioned properly.
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u may need an alighnment, my wheel waws slightly off center b4 i got one...

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Just aligned before new tires.
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well, whoever did the alignment didn't center the sterring wheel before tightening up...

they should be able to easily fix the problem, its not a do-it-yourself thing

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You guys are missing the point. The steering wheel is straight when I'm going straight. Alignement is fine.

Let me try again.

If I turn the wheel, even while driving down the road at 55mph, the steering (not just the steering wheel) keeps me turning, i.e. the steering does NOT return to straight as it should. There is no return to center that normally occurs.
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i.e. the steering does NOT return to straight as it should. There is no return to center that normally occurs.
hmm.. i wasn't aware our steering was automatic!

i'm not sure what you feel your problem is, but i don't think its a problem....

good luck with it
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When you release your steering wheel while driving, it usually tries to return to center. Try it. Drive down the road and turn your wheel a little or alot, it doesn;t matter. Let go of the wheel and it should start to returrn to the center, in fact, it will probably make it most of the way back to center.

Mine on the other hand will stay turning in the same direction. If I turn left onto my street and let go of the wheel, my car will continue to turn left...it will basically drive itself in a cricle. This would be great if I wanted to test G-force grip, but it is kind of a problem when the road straightens back out.

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new tires will make turns feel "crisper"... the effect is the tires grip the road better. when i got mine replaced my car did the same thing, although nowhere near as bad as yours sounds, esp. at speed. the result was my car didnt turn like it normally did. as the tires were worn in, the steering returned to normal.

theres no function that makes the car "automatically" return the steering wheel to center. its physics, isnt it?
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yes, your car naturally wants to stay straight so thats why your wheel turns back. if my dad were here he could explain it way better but that is the just of it.
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You guys are missing the point. The steering wheel is straight when I'm going straight. Alignement is fine.

Let me try again.

If I turn the wheel, even while driving down the road at 55mph, the steering (not just the steering wheel) keeps me turning, i.e. the steering does NOT return to straight as it should. There is no return to center that normally occurs.

You are kidding, right? You expect you car to correct itself automatically? BWAHAHHAHHAAHHHAAHHAHAAHHAHAAHAHAHAAH!!!! I must have missed that factory option. My car doesn't have the Knight Rider 'KIT' self driving feature. I actually have to "drive" my car.
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... ouch what a flame, was that really necessary?
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got power steering wheel?

ru saying after u make turn , u let go steering wheel and steering wheel is trying to turing back to st8..is that what u trying to say?
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you have a loose definition of 'flame'. I didn't call him names. I just laughed. Its funny. I'm allowed to laugh at funny things, aren't I? I even called TBS to make sure it was funny.
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Anytime you make a turn, your wheel should want to center itself. What he is saying is being completely misinterpreted. Anytime I make a turn and just let go of the wheel, it straightens out automatically (automatically).

I really don't think anything is too funny about the problem he is having. I guess to each his own.

Anyway, to the problem. I would say that it is an alignment issue. When I got my alignment and checked out the post alignment report, I noticed some toe in adjustment by the technician. Their response was that they usually give a little toe in so that the tires and wheel will want to automatically center themselves.

If your alignment is correct and there is a little toe in, then it has to be a problem with something maybe a tight rack or some other part that is tight in the steering components.

Just my 2 cents and good luck with the problem.
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