BY TOM AND RAY MAGLIOZZI Modified: September 21, 2012 at 10:59 am •  Published: September 21, 2012

TOM: If you don't turn the steering wheel to its proper position first, once the alignment's done you could find yourself out of luck (see: your car, David).

RAY: So it's reasonable for you to take your car back to your mechanic and ask him to do it again. Tell him that someone forgot to center the steering wheel before doing the alignment, and now it's crooked. Tell him that the angle of the steering wheel has become an unhealthy obsession for you.

TOM: Yeah. Tell him you haven't eaten or bathed in three weeks. All you do is lie awake thinking about this cosmic mismatch.

RAY: Hopefully, you'll frighten him just enough so that he'll quickly get your steering wheel pointed in the right direction. But not so much that he'll call the EMTs and have you carted off. Good luck, David.

Tom and Ray offer a strategy for everyone who's shopping for a car. Find yours in their pamphlet "Should I Buy, Lease, or Steal My Next Car?" Send $4.75 (check or money order) to Next Car, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

Get more Click and Clack in their new book, "Ask Click and Clack: Answers from Car Talk." Got a question about cars? Write to Click and Clack in care of this newspaper, or email them by visiting the Car Talk website at

(c) 2012 by Tom and Ray Magliozzi and Doug Berman

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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