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If you did not have the steering wheel centered you then install the clockspring out of center and it tears the end loose the first time you take steering to the limit. The wheel being centered is NOT the same thing as the STEERING being centered, you can have the steering wheel straight up and down in like 5-6 positions with the steering itself way off. You have to turn the wheel all the way to one limit and then to the other while carefully counting the number of turns it goes and including partial turns then go back exactly one half of that to have BOTH wheel AND steering pointing straight up and down and ahead, get out of car to check the front wheels for it.

Maybe why the horn is acting up too. Each horn also has an adjuster on it for the diaphragm, once they get some time on them the adjuster needs to move often a fractional amount when horn begins to act up to make it go back to working right.
 

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Thanks @amc49. I don’t really understand all of that, but the wheels were pointing straight, the steering wheel was replaced exactly as it came off, and the clockspring had a plastic device that prevented it from spinning before installation, and I therefore assumed it was centered when I installed it.

Anyhow, yesterday I decided to take the car to the local airbag specialists. They will work on it Monday or Tuesday and I will post results here.

Thanks to everyone who contributed information on this thread. This forum is a wealth of knowledge, thanks to you!
 

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'...the wheels were pointing straight, the steering wheel was replaced exactly as it came off, and the clockspring had a plastic device that prevented it from spinning before installation, and I therefore assumed it was centered when I installed it.'

What I was talking about, mainly the first point. If the front wheels are not EXACTLY straight you will yank the end of the clockspring right off if you turn it to the limit. Instant breakage.
 
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