Dan Jensen wrote:
Question re: straightening steering wheel on 87 XJ6:
Can anyone provide insight into how to straighten the steering wheel on my
The wheel is turned about one inch to the right when I’m driving down the
road. The wheel should be perfectly centered when I’m driving in a straight
I understand that aligning the wheels is not the solution; rather its in the
alignment of the steering wheel itself.
Remove the horn “button” (two screws on the underside). You’ll see a large
nut holding the wheel on. Remove that, pull the wheel off and put it back
on the splines in the position you want. Retighten the nut good and tight,
put the horn pad back on.
** Do I straddle the fence on issues? Well, yes and no. **
This is o.k. as long as the adjustment in minor, at best. The problem is
that is does not adjust the turn signal detent system, i.e., the turn
signals will not disengage at equivalent positions on left and right turns.
It is better to remove the entire steering wheel unit from the upper
steering shaft and realign it on the shaft splines. This will ensure that
the turn signals continue to operate as designed. Note that it may not be
possible to seat the locking pin into the hole in the upper steering shaft.
However, there is plenty of redundancy to ensure the steering wheel doesn’t
come loose, and the pin can be locked against the shaft by the lock nut.
Careful review of the picture in the parts book should make this all clearer.
Dan Jensen General Atomics
Dan.Jensen@gat.com PO Box 85608
San Diego, CA 92186-5608
(619) 455-4111 FAX
Dan: I did not have the original inquiry from Jan so I am responding to
your posting on the list. However as I see on his posting he may
straddle the fence on this any way!
I am a novice with Jaguars but I can tell you how most steering wheels
are centered. Some years ago I owned a front end shop and we centered
the steering wheel when an algnment was performed.
I used this method a couple of weeks ago to center the steering wheel on
my wife’s Lincoln Continental that was offset about like Jan said his
Using the tie rod adjustments you move both wheels in the direction of
the steering wheel offset. After the “TOE IN” is adjusted correctly you
would adjust each side exactly the same amount. This is a trial and
error method as to how much to turn the adjustment, this will depend on
the amount the steering wheel is offset from center. I would suggest 1/4
turn of each tie rod to start, then drive the car and see if that was
enough or if it was too much. Mark the rods to know how much you have
rotated them. To mark them I use liquid “WHITE OUT” like you use to
correct a typewritten mistake.
EXAMPLE: Your steering wheel is offset to the right. If both wheels are
adjusted the same amount to the right you will have to rotate the
steering wheel to the left to drive straight down the street. Exactly
what you wanted isn’t it!
NOTE: If you do not change both sides the same amount the TOE IN will
not be correct.
This keeps the steering in the center of the travel when it is going
straight on the highway. Most steering shafts are indexed so the wheel
mounts in only one position. Is the Jaguar not indexed?
If this does not work on a Jaguar please advise. I am not too old to
learn something new.
Arnold Q. Lane Lane Consulting
@Arnold_Q_Lane Wentzville, Missouri