Hello everyone today I will be going over how you can get the steering wheel straight. Such as my Grand am that needs an alignment.

Alignment

Well more than likely the car may just need an alignment to get the tires back onto the right path. Which means the Cast and Camber may have to be modified to the correct specs.

So to correct the steering you or a mechanic will have to move the tie rods to the degree so that they are within 10 degrees of each other.

Doing this will make sure that the tires will be going into the correct direction. This will eliminate any pulls from left to right not getting an alignment may cause more serious problems such as excessive tire wear.

May also cause the fuel economy to go down a bit. Other serious problems may occur such as dog tracking when the rear end of the vehicles frame begins to shift in the direction the tires pulls.

In that case you may have serious problems so if the steering wheel or a pull is present get it checked as soon as possible.

Steering wheel

The steering wheel of a vehicle connects to a column that is a pinion which I will just naturally say “Rack and Pinion“. This is because the Pinion connects with the rack which is a flat bar with matching teeth to connect.

When the steering wheel turn the pinion pushes into the rack depending on the direction right or left. Then to break it down even more the rack connects to the tie rods.

The tie rods connect to the upper/lower control arms which then connects the brace for the wheel and so fourth.

On tie rods they are threaded into the rack and pinion area which will in case affect Cast when you undo the thread for the alignment.

So the question is what does all of this do in the fact for making the steering wheel straight? As of right now it doesn’t first we need to make sure the care is going straight before just moving the steering wheel into the correct spot.

Well now we can move onto the rear end of the vehicle.

Adjusting rear toe and steering direction

In this case most vehicles will have a bar running towards the end of the vehicle. If you are not sure google it or ask a trusted mechanic that you know.

Now the rear end also has its own tie rods that do the same if not more work than the front ones of your vehicle. The main difference that is easily distinguishable between the two is that this only turns the rear end of the vehicle.

If there is a problem with the rear alignment it will cause steering wheel to be off by a lot. For example both the rear tires want to move a couple degrees left. Well you’ll have to hold the steering wheel a little right to compensate for that causing it to be off.

Fixing the steering.

So after all of that you may be wondering will this really fix my steering? yes if not well talk to the mechanic who was working on the car to help give a better idea to the problem.

I do not recommend this but if you want the steering wheel straight a mechanic can take it off (may take some time) and place it directly in the middle.

I would only suggest that if everything is correct for the Cast,Camber, and Toe. Then it would make total sense to do so.

Conclusion

If the steering is off in the vehicle I recommend bringing a local shop nearby. The amount of issues that may be present could be a lot depending on how long this has been put off.

Such as Tie rod bend,Lower/upper control arms broken,Cast,Camber,Toe, Rack and pinion, etc. The list can go on but im sure that the point has been made.

Just made sure to say the issues you have with the steering and how long it has been going on and they will fix it.

Anyway after reading this I hope that I have given some useful information on how to fix the steering wheel with certain areas of the car or just bringing it to a shop to deal with.

I greatly appreciate if you have gotten this far please check out my other blogs thank you!

Today I will be going over why people may not have brake pressure when pushing on the brake pedal. Will go over possible answers and course of action depending on what kind of pressure it may be.

To start with this if the brake pedal goes all the way down to the floor and you feel like there is little to no braking check the fluid level. There may not be enough fluid to push it all the way through the system.

If the fluid is low top it off and pump the brakes a few times to see it that did the trick or not. If not go look at the fluid again to see if it is lower than what you filled it up to (may vary in case if you had no fluid). If so you may have a leak in the brake system.

Which could be very dangerous leading to the fact that you currently do not have a lot of pressure in the system. So with this situation you are going to need to figure out if there’s a leak or just air in the system.

Well in case you think there is air in the system I have already posted a blog in detail on how to bleed the brakes on a car unless you wanna take it to a mechanic.

That link will lead you the viewer to my other post which will tell you about bleeding your brakes.

Anyway if the pressure is gone because of a leak have someone sit in the vehicle and pump the brakes while another person looks for the leak. There should be an area that is leaking around the Caliper most likely.

Replacing a brake line(hose)

So if you have found a leak in the system pray it is a hose and not the actual brake line. If it is a brake line this could cost around 100$-500$ by a shop for it to be done and legal.

If it is a hose that should be an easy 20$ fix on your own. If the hose is the issue all you have to do is drain the fluid you have into a bucket if you want to reuse.

Next then replace the bad hose after all the fluid has been drained out so you can properly put on the line without worrying about losing any fluid or doing it super quick.

Once installed just throw the old hose in the garbage and put either new fluid or the old fluid. Me personally might as well put in new brake fluid so that you do not have to worry about the old fluid being bad.

Caliper

The master cylinder within the caliper may also be going bad if you see no leaks or fluid going out.

The master cylinder may be pushing air into the lines so that is another reason there may not be any pressure.

There may also be a case where the cylinder may be old and the seals are worn out so it does not compress when you push onto the brakes. In this case you will need to replace the master cylinders for the caliper.

Then the pistons should get pressure while pushing on the brakes giving you better pedal resistance than it had currently.

Summary

Overall brakes are very important. If the vehicle you are driving has no pressure the brakes are not working do not drive it because you could be held liable if the problem was there and you got into a car crash.

At the end of the day brakes are not something to take lightly this is life and death scenario if your brakes don’t work you could be held liable if that vehicle gets into an accident etc.

Just make sure if the brakes are acting weird to either do it yourself the day of. Or let it sit until a mechanic can take a look at what the problem may be.

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope this will help you understand more about keeping things up to date on your vehicle.