When you start up your Kia or Hyundai you may get a warning message on your instrument cluster that says:
Align Steering Wheel
This warning is shown if the wheels are turned to the left or the right. You should turn the steering wheel to center and straighten your wheels before you drive.
According to the manual: " This warning message illuminates if you start the engine when the steering wheel is turned to more than 90 degrees to the left or right"
Align Steering Wheel
Straighten the front wheels before driving away
How to correct Align Steering Wheel warning:
- Start up the car.
- Turn the steering wheel until the warning disappears.
- The steering wheel could be centered, front wheels pointing forward.
Watch the following video to see it in action.
How to disable Align Steering Wheel message
This warning message can be disabled in the user preferences menu on the info display.
- User Settings > Convenience > Steering Position
Not all Kia and Hyundai vehicles are equipped with this feature. If your car has this feature and you don't like it, you can turn it off. Use the buttons on the steering wheel to enter the user menu. Scroll down and remove the checkmark from Align Steering Wheel box.
Align Steering Wheel Problems
Many newer Hyundai and Kia vehicles such as Sonata, Sorento, Optima etc. are equipped with the electric assist steering system. While there still exist a direct (mechanical) connection to the front wheel steering system, the electric motor is used to make steering easy and not the hydraulic steering pump.
The steering wheel is centered and the front wheels are pointing forward, still getting "Align Steering Wheel" message.
To correct the steering wheel warning message an alignment needs to be completed and computer reprogrammed if the alignment is too far off.
A temporary solution would be to disable the Align Steering Wheel feature altogether. This will not fix your alignment issue but will disable the "Align Steering Wheel" message on your instrument cluster.
Steering Wheel Off Center when driving straight
If the steering wheel is off center (crooked) when driving straight that means that the alignment on your car is off. You will need to take your car to your dealer or an auto repair shop that can do an alignment to correct this problem.
Improper wheel alignment is often a result of hitting curbs and potholes. Because of bad wheel alignment, your tires will wear faster and you may experience other problems such as bad fuel economy.