Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Is it normal when I'm driving that my steering wheel has a little tilt.

asked by on

When I'm driving I notice my steering wheel isn't perfectly straight it has alittle bit of a tilt. Does that mean the alignment is off or is that just normal my dad says its normal and it's fine but I just wanted to ask a professional to see what you have to say.

My car has 79000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there:

First off, thanks for contacting us about the steering wheel issue with your 2011 Chrysler 200. Your dad is partially right, as having a steering wheel with a small "tilt" to one side is not a serious issue; as long as it doesn’t have a lot of "play" in the steering wheel. By "play" I’m talking about if you’re able to move the steering wheel a lot to the left or right without the tires moving and the engine is started. That could be a problem with your steering column that should be inspected and repaired by a professional mechanic.

You’ll notice that your front end alignment is off if your car wants to drive left or right without any input to your steering wheel or if your tires are wearing more on the insides or outsides. The next time you buy tires, have your front end alignment set and during that inspection the mechanic can straighten your steering wheel for you rather easily.

If you’d like a second opinion on this, consider contacting YourMechanic, as a certified technician can come to the cars location to diagnose your steering issue and make the necessary repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Is it normal when I'm driving that my steering wheel has a little tilt.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Every time I start my car the first time I turn my wheel I hear a pop then no problem no more sound and steering seems to work fine.

Sounds like your have bad strut mounts and a broken spring with the spring popping in and out and then getting reset as the spring pops into place. Check the front springs and see if they are cracked or damaged....

Q: Rough transmission, is it broken?

The shifting on your transmission is computer controlled and you are not alone with harsh transmission shifting complaints. There are lots of owners that have the same or similar issues you are having. The manufacturer and its dealers have not...

Q: Sounds like a small fan on engine when car off, not radiator fans.

Hi, thanks for writing in. The noise you are hearing is the emission control system performing a system test of the fuel tank vapor system. The system should run the test in less than ten minutes. If the battery cannot...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.