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Mazda 626 hatchback limited 2000

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.

Your in anticapation Greenrider.

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  • greenrider Aug 16, 2008

    Attention countrycurt0, (aka fussy old bugger Mk 2)

    Only had car 2 months,everything checked out ok,suspect alignment was done without wheel locked dead centre,(did alignments for years myself).

    If I may ask,(1) how do I neutralise airbag while working on wheel. (2) Is this model on a simple spline.

    All tyre wear is perfect and is it just a battery disconnect.??The whole thing just needs to go one spline anti-clockwise,which goes to show I am a F.O.B.,showing my age,first vehicle with air bags,(apart from talkative wife).Kind regards Tony.

  • greenrider Aug 16, 2008

    Thanks Curt, we'll leave the bosses out of this note or maybe we will both be walking. Further info about a $17.95 manual would be welcome,I've been looking and not seen them this cheap.

    It's a spooky thought that the bags can go off even without power,this old dog has a lot of new tricks to learn.

    Thanks again,(say hello to Mum for me),Tony. (greenrider).

    PS. if or when I do it I'll let you know whats involved.

    ATTENTION countrycurt0

  • greenrider Aug 17, 2008

    Attention Curt.

    Thanks for all your help and trouble,at my age hearing a "bang" is about as close as it gets, (lol). I'll try those sites and let you know,I'm in NZ and get kites sent from the States,so know the high P&P costs. I did wonder where you were.

    Kind regards Tony.

  • greenrider Aug 26, 2008

    Attention countrycurt0.

    Hi Curt,this is the second note,they would not accept the first,I got a Mazda manual locally and now know how to neutralise an airbag (without divorce or gag) now.It would be my pleasure to supply any info on Mazda's between 1993 thru 2001 (plus Ford Probe) if you ever need it.

    Thanks again for your help and humour in the past,Tony (NZ).

    [email protected]

  • greenrider Aug 27, 2008

    Thanks Curt,hope to hear from you sometime,enjoyed the banter.

    You think you're cheap,I got Mrs F.O.B. to pay for the manual,WE will use.

    Regards form NZ and me.Tony.



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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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  • Curt Downs Aug 16, 2008

    Tony (aka FOB), unfortunately, I don't know the procedure for disabling the air bag, I've only had to several times, but they were Hondas. All my other vehicles are old wrecks that didn't yet have air bags available (the only two available at the time were your wife and my wife...."no dear, I'm not on the computer again...." NNOT MUCH TIME!!! I also don't know if it's on a spline. although I thought they all still were. The bag will still go off (the one in the car, Tony) if the battery is disconnected, so, I know (being a FOB also) that since you purchased this car only two months ago, you're going too hang onto it for some time. Ask the wife for an advance on next weeks allowance, get a manual (on line for $17.95 plus shipping). Good Lu........."nno dear, I'm just reading up on the repair manual so I can fix your car again....) Curt

  • Curt Downs Aug 17, 2008

    OK Tony, I'm not sure where you are located, so shipping cost may be way off, but here goes: wait, 1st I'll be a FOB. The gosh darn shipping is what makes a good deal not sound so good. Oh well, think of all the $$$ you'll be saving cruising around in the Mazda w/ a steering wheel set at dead center! And no airbag rearranging your face as you poke and prod the steering wheel into submission. Try the following w/ a .com. rockauto $14.71 + 7.51 ship. discountautorepair $14.95 + shipping--(needed too much info to get the cost) carstuff $17.97 + 8.40 ship. The auto parts stores around here have chilton and haynes manuals for about $20(state of CT, USA). If I hear a 'bang', I'll know you didn't read your manual. Best of luck, and keep me posted! And hello to Mrs. FOB. Curt

  • Curt Downs Aug 27, 2008

    Tried sending you a message direct to e-mail, also not successful. Wanted you to know that my ploy worked, I got you to buy the manual, and now I can get all the info for free!! You didn't know I'm a fussy old CHEAP bugger!! Love your humor! Curt
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