No correlation whatsoever to a machine that is pulling and one that just has the wheeel out of center.If it drives straight and the sterring wheel is off, then reclock the steering wheel. If it pulls one way or the other and the steering wheel is off, than adjust the tierods for alignment.
If it drives straight and the sterring wheel is off, then reclock the steering wheel. If it pulls one way or the other and the steering wheel is off, than adjust the tierods for alignment.
The steering wheel is centered on the rack. It turns the same amount in each direction from that center. So you leave it centered on the rack and set the wheels so it drives straight ahead. The wheel wants to stay centered on the rack for sure. As mentioned reclocking the wheel probably isn't going to be straight either so you still will need to fix the tie rods.I don't think anyone is saying that is the wrong way to do it if it works for you except maybe one or two. I'd move the wheel too. Maybe I'm missing something others are saying.
I am saying the same thing. You are agreeing that the wheel must be centered on the rack. Do you think it is that simple that they simply missed center on them. Possible. But if they are centered then the tie rods need fixing not the wheel.Then how come my Rhino took more turns lock to lock one way and not the other with wheels off and the front end in the air going of from where the steering wheel was centered. It had to be off a tooth or two otherwise starting with the steering wheel centered, it would take the same amount of turns both ways. But it didn't. Orginally it was where the white mark was on the steering wheel and shaft. Moving it a tooth of two ( I can't remember as that was years ago) gave me the same lock to lock turn ratio with the steering wheel perfectly centered. Front end in the air and no wheels on. After that, I adjusted the tie rods with both being close, maybe one side had a thread or two more. Then is drove perfectly with even tread wear. I'm sorry but they don't get always get these thing perfect from the factory, Maybe your haven't had these issues but it happends
That will not tell you if rack is centered as you are going off the bump stops. You really want to start by getting it centered on the racks travel first. Then just center on the rack and get the car toe in set so it is correct while the car drives straight ahead with the wheel straight and ignore where the steering wheel ends at the bump stops entirely.Finally...the steering wheel...to check and see if it's installed correctly: Jack it up. Turn it from lock to lock. Mark it and count the turns, etc. then find the center. If the wheel is not straight, it's installed wrong. Remove it and center it. Drive it and see where it is when you are driving it now. If it's not straight...you need to adjust your tie rod ends. As mentioned in many posts above, adjust it the same IN on one side and the same OUT on the other side. Your alignment will stay good (assuming it was good to start with) but you can center the wheel this way. If you run out of adjustment before the wheel is centered...something is broken, bent or worn out. (which, by the way, should all be checked BEFORE you do an alignment anyway...).
Hope some of this helps!