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Steering column, not steering wheel crooked.

Garth Libre

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I know this question will be misunderstood, but I'm not talking about a steering wheel that's not straight. That can be resolved with a simple alignment and is a straight forward fix. What I'm talking about is that the steering column itself is angled ever so slightly pointing toward the driver's door. It's subtle, but no other car I own seems to have this issue. Can the angle of the steering column itself be straightened?
 


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it should have some funny head rivets, or maybe some type of bolt, but once you loosen or knock the hardware free, the collar might be slotted enough to move it over a hair or two.

most steering assemblies are angled over a bit because the foot wells and transmission tunnel shapes. you really see it in some sports cars where the steering wheel is not centered on the seat by a good amount. people usually don't notice though

my bmws were always off center of the seat enough that if you sat and looked, you could not unsee it anymore. i have not checked the ranger but i feel like it was off a little
 

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I have never taken a 2010 Ranger steering column completely apart, BUT, for 1st generation Rangers/B2 you can make slight adjustments by lowering the column, BUT, if you have a noticeable slant then I would guess the steering wheel has been slammed and the column has been collapsed on one side AND maybe the bearing in the end of the column is no longer in place to locate the steering shaft.

In this second picture, the steering column had been pulled so hard, the bearing had been pulled off the shaft from where it is suppose to be and the seal was destroyed. The bearing was still wedged on the shaft, but, obviously, it created a few minor problems.

To make a 3" body lift, on my 1985, I cut the bottom steering accordion 2"+- and welded it back together, after pushing the bearing back on to the splines, and making a seal from a cool whip lid ... plus, a few other details.
 

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