Re: Skid on ice gone wrong ( Help !! )
Don't straighten a steering wheel by moving it on its splines; because the intermediate shaft has Hooke joints at uneven angles, it modulates the angle between the steering wheel and steering gear pinion as it rotates. The steering system is designed and assembled so that this modulation is symmetrical about the straight-ahead position. If you mess up this alignment you'll have different steering feel to left and right. Most modern cars have keyed splines that will only assemble in one position, I'm surprised the 156 doesn't.
I was surprised recently to have to explain this to the vehicle dynamics expert at a certain Korean car manufacturer...
The steering wheel should be straightened by making equal adjustments on both tie-rods after the toe has been set; modern tracking rigs walk the mechanic through this process, I guess some of them can't be arsed to do their jobs properly
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