First of all, did anyone explain the importance of having the steering system centered when you do this repair? The new clock spring comes centered, with a paper tape across the hole in the middle, and it has two buttons that get pressed by the steering wheel to unlock it. Those two things prevent accidentally turning it off-center. Once installed, the steering wheel can turn approximately one and a half turns to the right and one and a half turns to the left. The ribbon cable in the clock spring can wind up about two turns one way before it will tear apart, and about two turns the other way before it will unwind so much that it folds over on itself. That will cause it to break eventually, but not right away.
If you followed those precautions, there is one or four master splines on the steering shaft and the steering wheel's center hub. The wheel will slide right on when those are lined up. If it does not drop down far enough, the clock spring is not fully seated. When you reinstall the two halves of the steering column cover, the surface of the clock spring facing you should be flush with the plastic cover. If it is sticking up beyond being flush, it will hold the steering wheel up too far. There is plastic fingers on the back side of the clock spring housing that must pop into mating holes. Be sure those fingers did not get bent over.
Friday, April 21st, 2017 AT 6:42 PM