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2012 Hyundai Elantra steering wheel going issues

I have a 2012 Elantra limited, and with-in the last year we have noticed a nose in the steering wheel. After research into the issue, I was able to find out how to fix it in the link below. Today, I finally built up enough courage to fix the steering wheel coupler but now my steering wheel is not centered. What can I do? Is this something that an alignment can fix? Also, in the video the lady mentions to lock the steering wheel. I was unable to get the steering wheel locked anf I am wondering if this might cause an issue


Shawn Haynes

The solution is to remove the part you replaced and re-position it correctly so the wheel is straight.


So I basically just replaced a bushing. I do not believe that is the problem. I think I messed at some other part during the reassembly. I was hoping someone can pinpoint where I messed up.

Before a steering shaft is disconnected, match marks should be placed on both shafts so that the steering shaft can be properly indexed during assembly.

Had you locked the steering before removing the steering column the steering wheel would be much closer in alignment.

A wheel alignment can re-center the steering wheel but the rack and pinion gear will be off-center.

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Thanks for responding! Is there a way to recenter the steering shaft without taking out the whole steering column again? Will trial and error be needed to recenter it? Or is it something a mechanic can easily fix?

Also, I am starting to question if keyless ignition systems have a steering wheel lock mechanism. I turned the wheel many times trying to get it to lock, and it didn’t lock.

I would not call the fix “trial-and-error”. If you start off with the wheels straight ahead, then you can reinstall the steering wheel, making sure that it too is straight ahead… If you disconnected it once, the second time will be easier.

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