Questions and Answers
Centering a Chevy Silverado Steering Wheel
Q. I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4WD. The steering wheel is slightly out of position to the right when driving straight. Can this be adjusted DIY? Any info would be appreciated.
A. It can be adjusted DIY, but you won't know if the alignment is right. What you need to do is put the steering wheel in the center and see which way the wheels are pointing.
If they are pointing to the right, mark the tie rods and adjusters so you have a base reference. Then crack them loose and shorten the right side tie rods and lengthen the left side by the same exact amount. Go a quarter or half turn of the adjuster at a time until you get it centered.
If the wheels are pointing to the left, shorten the left side and lengthen the right side by the same exact amount. Go a quarter turn at a time until you get it centered.
Drive the truck after each adjustment to see if it's good or you need to go some more.
While you can do this at home, you should get a wheel alignment because the steering wheel may be off center due to a problem with one of the suspension components.