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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 02, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
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I'm putting on a new steering wheel-69 comfort grip- and I'm wanting to get the steering "centered" so the turn signal returns will be even. Now they are not. One side cancels w/1/10 of a turn and the other side at 1/2 turn, so driving is awkward. The question: Do I make the adjustment by removing the Pittman arm a notch or two? Or do I adjust the tie rods? Or is there some other way I'm not thinking of? I couldn't do it inside the steering wheel hub because the notched lock plate with the horn connector hole which cancels the turn signals only fits in one way.(I hope this makes sense to you)
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 02, 03:17 AM
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The easiest way to index the steering wheel is to remove it and rotate it a couple of splines on the steering shaft. Pitman arms are usually keyed and can be installed in only one position.
Your steering wheel should be level when you are going straight down the road, or a three bar wheel should be at 2,6 and 10.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 02, 07:01 AM
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DO NOT center the steering wheel by re-indexing it incorrectly on the steering shaft; it's designed with an index mark on the end of the steering shaft, and an open spline at 12 o'clock on the wheel hub to align with the mark. Everything from the wheel hub to the pitman arm is designed with centering provisions. The ONLY way to center the steering wheel correctly is to install it properly aligned on the shaft and make the required adjustments at the tie rod sleeves.

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I am with John on this one. I went through this about 6 months ago and was told NOT to recenter the steering wheel on the column but to adjust the tire rods equally.



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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 02, 06:07 PM
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I agree, but make sure the wheel is in the correct place now and hasn't been put on wrong, it sounds like it isn't correct now, or the turn signals would be operating correctly.

There is usually a scribe mark on the shaft and wheel to line them up.
The PS box has a flat that should be pointing upward when it is centered, the pitman arm should be pointing straight ahead.

The wheel might be straight but the part that triggers the turn signals may not be on correctly.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 02, 07:26 PM
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I'm having a similar problem where the wheel can only go on in one position with the canceling cam, except I'm wanting to take my comfort grip off and reinstall my factory standard wheel. I took my car to the alignment shop to adjust the tie rods to straighten the steering wheel but they told me that there weren't enough threads on the tie rod to adjust the steering wheel in the direction it needed to go.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 2nd, 02, 03:36 AM
 
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You definately have to center it with the tie-rod sleeves or you'll be able to steer more in one direction than the other. There is a company called VBP or Vette Brakes & Products which make adjustable Tie-rod sleeves which use jam-nuts. It should fix the problem of not getting enough out of the stock tie-rod sleeves. I believe their number is 1-800-237-9991.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 2nd, 02, 07:14 PM
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BMADD68, Thanks for the info and number to call. I'll give them a call and see if they have what I need for my car. Thanks, Donnie.

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