Steering wheel change after lift

Steering wheel change after lift

Postby swedishian [OP] » May 24th 2020, 3:03am

So I did a two inch body lift the other day and now my steering wheel is a few degrees off. I work at a shop and it can’t be fixed with an alignment also took it to a master Chevy tech at a dealership just in case our alignment machine wasn’t great. He also said it couldn’t be fixed. My theory is the steering shaft got yanked out of the splines and set back in on a different angle. I did have a power steering puddle pour out when I did the lift and haven’t had any leak since. The steering is tight and seems totally normal just off center steering wheel. So should I just try and pry it out again and set it back in? Thanks guys I used so many guides here so far. Also I recommend the retro sound Newport head unit it’s awesome and fits right in!
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Re: Steering wheel change after lift

Postby 97cargocrawler » September 6th 2020, 5:53am

swedishian wrote:My theory is the steering shaft got yanked out of the splines and set back in on a different angle.


Your theory? If you don't KNOW for sure this happened...shouldn't you be reallllllly concerned about HOW and WHY and have looked into it like your life depended on it?!!! Besides, I'm fairly certain it is not possible to reclock the position of the mating shafts. One spline is wider than the others.

Recenter the wheel by doing an alignment. i.e. the tie rods need adjusting.

No offense but I'm gonna steer clear of your shop.
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Re: Steering wheel change after lift

Postby M_a_t_t » September 6th 2020, 6:08am

CC is right. The steering shaft is D- shaped so you can only put it in one way. I believe you can rotate the splines by grinding the weld off, clock it, then reassemble and weld it back together. Unlikely to have happened by accident though.

Also "a few degrees" is definitely fixable. When I put my van back together after changing the subframe the steering wheel was 90 degrees off. Adjusting the tie rods/ aligning it fixed it.

I wouldn't mess with anything until you find the cause. You might create more problems for yourself. If it's not fixable then your tie rod sleeves will be maxed out so start there. If there is adjustment left then that should be all you need to do.
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