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I had to disconnect the steering knuckle on my car when I put the headers on earlier this year. While it was disconnected I let the wheel spin all the way to the hard left turn position (I forgot to lock the wheel before I disconnected the knuckle).

Once everything was back together, the wheel is now about 15 degrees off to the left when driving straight. The car tracks fine when you let go of the wheel but if you straighten out the steering wheel the car goes waaaay to the right.

I found in the manuals that letting the wheel rotate freely while disconnected will mess up the clockspring. I found the procedure to reset the clockspring but am looking for opinions on whether or not this could be my problem before I remove the airbag, etc.

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I would try to center the steering rack first. Disconnect the shaft again, center the rack and then straighten the wheel and reconnect. I'ld also recommend an alignment after that is done provided when you reconnect you have equal turns from center to lock - lock when turning.
 

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I did try to connect - reconnect but no luck. The steering wheel shaft, steering dampner shaft, and knuckle only line up one way really. The shafts are keyed so the bolts will only go through in one position. Idiot proof I guess haha except for me.

I don't see how the clockspring could cause it but don't know what else to try. The manual mentions that you need to recenter the clockspring if you let the wheel turn freely while disconnected which I did do.

I would try to center the steering rack first. Disconnect the shaft again, center the rack and then straighten the wheel and reconnect. I'ld also recommend an alignment after that is done provided when you reconnect you have equal turns from center to lock - lock when turning.
 
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