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I need to reposition my steering wheel. As I drive down a straight road my wheel Points to 10 O’clock. 
The coach does not pull to either side, and just had it aligned when I had the rear trailing arms replaced. I just forgot to ask them to look at the steering wheel location.

can this be done without adjusting my steering box, like perhaps on the steering column? Has anyone had this issue, and found this can be done?

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53 minutes ago, Skipjack said:

I need to reposition my steering wheel. As I drive down a straight road my wheel Points to 10 O’clock. 
The coach does not pull to either side, and just had it aligned when I had the rear trailing arms replaced. I just forgot to ask them to look at the steering wheel location.

can this be done without adjusting my steering box, like perhaps on the steering column? Has anyone had this issue, and found this can be done?

I have the same issue.   Answer would be helpful. 

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I don’t know if this applies to diesels. But the first thing I learned was to determine if steering wheel was placed correct. 
First turn your steering wheel in one direction till it stops. Then turn your wheel the opposite way and count the revolutions. Divide that by two and return steering wheel that many revolutions and that will supposedly let u know if steering wheel was placed correctly. Then work from there. Old school stuff. But I am not an alignment guy.

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I agree with you Gary and the slightly excentric gear relation to steering wheel should have been done in the factory and left alone, along with the pitman position. With most cars, final steering wheel centering is done along with toe settings, the steering wheel is locked straight ahead and then each front wheel adjusted to spec.Our drag link brings an other adjustment option on diesels with this arrangement. And then comes the road crown predictive adjustment to throw a wrench into it... Stabilizer may need readjustment if used too.

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When Josam's replaced my Sheppard Steering box with the TRW they removed the steering wheel and re-centered it correctly.

Not sure which steering wheel you have in your coach. Posting that information would help as all coaches are not the same.

I am going to assume you have the VIP Smart steering wheel.

You need to have a metric (can't remember which size) Allen wrench.

There is a hole in the driver's side portion bottom of the center cover where you insert the wrench at an angle to engage the metric Allen Head Bolt.

Loosen that bolt until the cover is loose enough to remove.

Remove the large nut holding the wheel to the threaded steering column shaft.

Now you need the appropriate sized and shape Steering Wheel Puller to attach to the steering wheel with the center pointed bolt positioned on the center of the main threaded shaft that holds the wheel.

Now start turning the center bolt of the puller until the steering wheel is free from the tapered shaft.

Reposition the steering wheel on the taper and start the nut that holds the wheel onto the steering column.

Make sure that the nut is torqued down to the proper specs before installing the cover. I am guessing around 50 ft/lbs.

 

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To center the steering wheel on a Monaco you open up the plastic around the base of the steering column, remove the pinch bolt on the u-joint, drop it down, center the wheel, pull it up and re-insert the bolt.  Takes about 10 minutes. 

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18 minutes ago, McHughes said:

To center the steering wheel on a Monaco you open up the plastic around the base of the steering column, remove the pinch bolt on the u-joint, drop it down, center the wheel, pull it up and re-insert the bolt.  Takes about 10 minutes. 

Mike McHughs is correct, easy and you don’t have to adjust linkage.

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58 minutes ago, McHughes said:

To center the steering wheel on a Monaco you open up the plastic around the base of the steering column, remove the pinch bolt on the u-joint, drop it down, center the wheel, pull it up and re-insert the bolt.  Takes about 10 minutes. 

Wow! Easy peasy. When I settle into my next spot, I will check it out. My steering wheel center is at 10 o’clock. Just a plain old steering wheel on mine.

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22 hours ago, McHughes said:

To center the steering wheel on a Monaco you open up the plastic around the base of the steering column, remove the pinch bolt on the u-joint, drop it down, center the wheel, pull it up and re-insert the bolt.  Takes about 10 minutes. 

Finally a correct and easy solution.

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22 hours ago, McHughes said:

To center the steering wheel on a Monaco you open up the plastic around the base of the steering column, remove the pinch bolt on the u-joint, drop it down, center the wheel, pull it up and re-insert the bolt.  Takes about 10 minutes. 

This will center the wheel, but you should first check to see if the steering box is centered, as mentioned above. Turn wheel lock to lock, center should be the same # of turns each way. If it is not, adjust the drag link to center it first, then center wheel as needed. 

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Interesting post. I'm thinking that whether or not your steering wheel is centered when driving down the road is a good indicator of the general health of your suspension and alignment state. Mine is still perfectly centered at 41000 miles so maybe I'll worry about something else taking a dump for a while. 🙂

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12 hours ago, Gary Cole said:

Interesting post. I'm thinking that whether or not your steering wheel is centered when driving down the road is a good indicator of the general health of your suspension and alignment state. Mine is still perfectly centered at 41000 miles so maybe I'll worry about something else taking a dump for a while. 🙂

When I bought my (DW) coach, the first thing I did was have the alignment checked, only because my previous coach I bought and drove 450 mi and tires were almost bald on one side. For whatever reason I did not pay attention to current steering wheel till someone brought the subject up. Must be the OTD in my old age.

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On 9/21/2021 at 6:54 AM, McHughes said:

To center the steering wheel on a Monaco you open up the plastic around the base of the steering column, remove the pinch bolt on the u-joint, drop it down, center the wheel, pull it up and re-insert the bolt.  Takes about 10 minutes. 

I just completed this yesterday. Thanks for pointing us in this direction. I have been loathe to remove the smart wheel on the chance I would introduce more problems. Break a wire, etc. 

Thanks Ken

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