Steering wheel needs to be turned one (1) notch??? on spline (if it has one).
How do I do this and does the airbag have to be disconnected,if so how do I do this as well.?? I guess the trigger is electronic.?
The steering wheel is not dead horizontal when driving straight,I'm a fussy old bugger.
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Re: Mazda 626 hatchback limited 2000
Fussy old bugger, when's the last time you had a front end alignment? Has it always been off center? Have you had any front end work done (tie rods replaced etc?) If the steering wheel has never been off, it shouldn't have to be removed now (unless it was installed improperly at the factory-doubtful) Yes you MUST disable the air bag to remove steering wheel. Any chance the car hit a curb, pot hole, etc? !st thing should be an alignment at a good garage, they should be able to find any damage to front end components caused by a pothole/curb. correct, and align. That should correct the position of the steering wheel and make you a smiling fussy old bugger. countrycurt0 PS-I'm a fussy old bugger too.
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Make sure you disconnect the battery first, you don't want to take a chance on setting off the airbag. After you remove the airbag, you will have to remove the steering wheel nut, and steering wheel spokes. You will require a puller to pull the steering wheel off the shaft.
Not recomended for untrained people as airbags can be very dangerous. That said you need to. 1) disconect battry 2) remove SRS (Airbag fuse) 3) remove shroud around steering colum 4) wait ten minutes. 5) remove horn pad (airbag houseing) usualy held in by tamper proof bits from back of steering wheel. 6) unplug wires to airbag & horn 7) undo steering wheel bolt & mark position of steering wheel to colum splines. 8) remove steering wheel with suitable puller (NOT a hammer) 9) unclip clock spring & replace 10) reverse procedure
The stub shaft spline or the steering wheel shaft spline is stripped and needs to be replaced.
Sounds like someone had the wheel off and stripped the splines on removal/installation at one time.
You can try to improvise a key way slot system on the shaft but you have to be certain it is secure, this will save you a lot of time and money, unless the steering wheel is at fault then r&r the wheel and try to locate a used one when installing it be sure you line up the spline notches.
Check the steering fluid, if you need to add fluid do so and also check the hose of the steering if there is a leak. If the noise is still there after you add a steering fluid then visit a local mechanic to check the pump.
I will take a guess at this. You can't turn the key until you turn the steering wheel a little to the left or the right? This is usually caused by friction on the steering locking mechanism which keeps the key from turning in order to start the car. If this is not the case then you may have a bad ignition switch or cable head connecting to the switch that is not making contact until you move the steering wheel around and it makes contact allowing you to start the vehicle. Good Luck, RAC