Puzzled by steering wheel being off 20 degrees?

Shankster

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I did some rough 4wheelin last weekend in my 02 and my steering wheel is now off by maybe 20 degrees. I'm not aware exactly when it happened and strangely didn't notice the steering wheel was off till the next day. It still tracks and drives fine. I noticed some grumbling coming from the steering the other day but it seems to have gone? (Not sure if that was something to do with me sucking the PS fluid out of the reservoir and replacing with new??). I've checked front toe and camber and both are still perfect. I checked all the ball joints and tie rods and all seem good and I can't find anything bent or broken and no leaks from the PS system. I'm suspecting the steering rack may be the problem but not sure how to check that. Anyone have any ideas? Is there a weak point in the Liberty's steering that might have caused this?
 

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Just take it to an alignment shop
They can reset the toe and get the steering wheel straight
You just knocked it out of alignment , no matter what you measured
 

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Just take it to an alignment shop
They can reset the toe and get the steering wheel straight
You just knocked it out of alignment , no matter what you measured
I checked the toe again using a different method - it is spot on. I can straighten my steering wheel myself. I'd just like to know what moved - if something is about to fail I don't want it to happen at 13,000 ft, miles from nowhere. My biggest concern was whether it could be the steering rack or maybe the intermediate shaft. I'm wondering if the front subframe could have shifted? Another possibility could be that I tweaked one of the front mounts for the rear swing arms - they did get whacked but I don't think bad enough to put the rear axle out of alignment. If one of those last 2 I can just true up the steering wheel and hopefully forget about it as long as it still tracks straight.
 

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It can read " spot on " but still be off
But do it your way
Front subframe can shift but with the over 130 KJs I have worked on only seen one that did
Thanks for the help ! LOL
 

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