Question Steering wheel won't return to center

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    Default Steering wheel won't return to center

    So I replaced my rack last weekend (2000 4x4 Tundra) along with both lower balljoints and outer tie rods. Everything went in well, I bled the PS system, had the truck aligned etc. The truck tracks straight and the rack feels nice and tight, however, when I turn a corner the steering wheel will return most of the way but not all the way. Typically I have to manually return it 30 degrees or so no matter which direction I am turning. I checked my torque specs on both lower balljoints and outer tie rods and everything is torqued correctly. Not sure if this is typical for a remanufactured rack if it has a break in period but want to see if others have had similar experiences.

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    Default Re: Steering wheel won't return to center

    Post up your final alignment numbers. I'll bet money that caster is set way too low...
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    Default Re: Steering wheel won't return to center

    Post alignment numbers

    Toe: 0.04 degrees driver/ 0.04 degrees passenger side
    Total Toe: 0.08 degrees

    Camber: -0.05 degrees driver/ 0.24 degrees pass

    Caster: 1.25 degrees driver/ 1.24 degrees pass

    Pre-alignment caster was 0.75 (driver) and 1.31 (pass). Sounds like others have had success adjusting their caster to around 2.00 degrees. Should I consider taking the truck back to the alignment shop and having them bump my caster up closer to 2 degrees?
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    Default Re: Steering wheel won't return to center

    Yes. Cross-camber is atrocious. Driver's side camber needs to be corrected to the positive (for a rear wheel drive vehicle) and caster needs to be increased on both sides.

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    I have Bilstein 5100's set at 2 inches in the front on 255/85 16's. Looks like I will be headed in there first thing tomorrow to get this resolved. I purchased a lifetime alignment package from this particular shop and unfortunately they give me grief every time I come in. Probably because I have taken full advantage of the lifetime alignment and periodically get the truck re-aligned. Oh well, guess that's how it goes when you offer packages like that

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    Default Re: Steering wheel won't return to center

    Print out DJ's alignment specs (attached) and take them in with you. Have them align it to those.
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    Default Re: Steering wheel won't return to center

    Sounds good, thanks for the help! Will report back with the results...

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    Default Re: Steering wheel won't return to center

    Got the truck back from the alignment shop, they didn't do it exactly to spec but close

    Toe : 0.05 driver/ 0.06 Pass
    Total Toe 0.11

    Camber: 0.07 Driver/ 0.06 pass

    Caster: 2.02 driver/ 2.07 pass

    Truck does seem to be driving a little better, however the steering wheel still doesn't want to center. Tech thinks the new balljoints might need some time to fully seat and loosen up. Sounds possible, maybe I will drive it a bit longer and see if things improve. I will say, I do like running the caster in the higher end of Toyota's recommended level, just seems to drive better, steering is more responsive

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