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1973 450SEL new steering gearbox - steering wheel way off center

Just had a new steering gear box installed and the steering wheel is about 45 degrees off center. Can my mechanic fix this without removing the steering box? He mentioned that when the alignment is done the steering wheel would be centered however this isn't a tweak - it is quite a bit off center. Alternatively is removing the steering wheel and putting it back on an easier option? I plan on an alignment but would like to get it at least partially centered before that. Thanks.
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I believe you mean the steering column and all mechanical parts are aligned but the "rotation" of the wheel is off, such as when you turn the wheel normally, correct? Yes, this is best corrected during an alignment as the shop will remove the wheel and replace it back to proper centering once they have aligned the wheels. The reason your mechanic does't want to do it now is that even if he were to align the steering wheel, it would likely go off again once the road wheels are aligned so there's no point in doing this job twice. If it's bothering you driving it now I would suggest you should;t be driving much until the car is aligned anyway to preserve your tires and the car's driving dynamics.
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Just had a new steering gear box installed and the steering wheel is about 45 degrees off center. Can my mechanic fix this without removing the steering box? He mentioned that when the alignment is done the steering wheel would be centered however this isn't a tweak - it is quite a bit off center. Alternatively is removing the steering wheel and putting it back on an easier option? I plan on an alignment but would like to get it at least partially centered before that. Thanks.

It is easy to remove the steering wheel and put it back on, but you should go get an alignment ASAP.

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Thanks but will is this possible if the wheel is way off center? I mean when I drive the car with the wheels pointed straight down the road the middle "line/section" of the steering wheel is pointing up at about 45 degrees rather than flat/parallel with the ground. It isn't straight - it looks like it is turned half-way through a turn but yet the actual front wheels are pointing straight down the road.
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With the car parked, straighten your wheels up, take off steering wheel and realign on the splines such that it is "flat" or with the star pointing straight up. The splines on the steering column allow you to adjust the steering wheel to any angle you desire.
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If you put the steering wheel back on to big of angle from where it should be, your turn signals wont wont work. there is a tab on the steering column shaft that cancels the turn signals.

either the mechanic did something wrong, or maybe the alignment can turn the tie rod ends a lot to get where they should be.
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Thanks but will is this possible if the wheel is way off center? I mean when I drive the car with the wheels pointed straight down the road the middle "line/section" of the steering wheel is pointing up at about 45 degrees rather than flat/parallel with the ground. It isn't straight - it looks like it is turned half-way through a turn but yet the actual front wheels are pointing straight down the road.
Yes, this is normal and expected. Usually the wheel is not so far off as yours, but there was probably a lot of play in the system before the repair or he simply put the wheel on without straightening the front wheels first, which would have gotten it close, but still not perfect until you have the alignment. You can drive the car like this with no problems other than possibly the turn signals not activating or canceling correctly, so you do want the alignment sooner than later. I do understand your concern, it just doesn't feel right to drive like that does it?

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Before installing box A self made centering pin is inserted to get a precise straight ahead position of box,this port is under a nut.
Steering wheel turn should cancel signal indicator equelly on both sides.
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