How do you center steering wheel on 70 z28?

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  1. Bob Bolling

    Bob Bolling New Member

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    My steering wheel is a 180 degrees out, what to do?
     
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    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Take it off and center it. But - why is it 180* out? Did you have a front end alignment recently? A sloppy align tech, or one that doesn't know which end is up, could be the reason.
     
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    180 out is more than an alignment issue, I don't think there is enough adjustment in the tie rods to go that far. Something else is up.
     
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    OP, can you post a pic of the steering wheel, with front wheels straight ahead?
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Knuckle Dragger is correct. There isn't enough adjustment in the tierods to turn the steering wheel 180 degrees. But, if the steering wheel isn't assembled correctly into the steering box under the hood, it might be possible to get it that far off. You might be able to correct it at the rag joint.
     
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    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    ^ +1 The rag joint connection would be my best guess.

    Unbolt it, (with the wheels straight) rotate steering wheel 180* and bolt it back together.
     
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    I seem to recall the splined shaft that the steering wheel attaches to has an "unsplined" area on it. This unsplined area makes it a key so that the steering wheel only fits on in one position. Alignment of the steering wheel is done with the tie rods. If it is 180 degrees off, something else is amiss.
     
  8. Knuckle Dragger

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    I'm guessing that or the pitman arm is on wrong.
     
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    Seeing the tie rods and sleeves would be helpful too. That will give us an idea of what's been done.
     
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    Mine was like that when I got it. Wheel only goes on one way, so don't waste your time removing the steering wheel. PO put a tilt column in mine. Easiest way is unbolt the rag joint and turn the shaft 180°. May have to enlarge one bolt hole, as some have one slightly larger than the other, probably for indexing.
     

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