I've purchased a new clock spring now I need to install the darn thing, problem my front wheels are ever so slightly turned to the left. Question, do i need to straighten the wheels, if so how? The steering column is naked waiting for the new clock spring etc... thanks so much in advance for any help Pepper

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Scenario 1

You can put the key into the ignition. Unlock the ignition and turn the wheels strait. You can place the steering wheel on the column and straighten the wheel. The only issue with this is that your will get a fault code for drivers airbag. 

But I assume you have a good scanner to perform steering wheel calibration. Right? 

If yes, your scanner most likely can read and clean airbag codes. So you can easily clear the fault code. 

Scenrio 2

If you don't have a scanner you can place the steering wheel on column. If you look very carefully on the steering column and the steerig wheel you should see a wide channel on the steering colum and steering wheel. Or you may notice a dot on both. These two need to alighn. 

You should steel carry out steering angle sensor claibration. If you don't you risk getting traction control or ABS light come on. 

Let us know how it goes.

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Check out the instruction here on how to replace the clock spring: 

https://www.youcanic.com/guide/clockspring-problem-replacement

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