I don't know about you guys, but it seems that every time I go offroading I knock my truck out of alignment. Most of the time it's just the alignment of the steering wheel with the wheels - meaning the truck tracks straight and handles well, but the steering wheel is not sitting straight when the truck is traveling straight. I've even taken it in to get alignments before and had it returned aligned, but with the steering wheel out of alignment with the wheels.
Well, I decided that I wanted to find out if I could just pop the steering wheel off and rotate it on it's spine to correct those sorts of issues. And I did, and here's how:
Disclaimer: This may or may not be a good idea in the long run, but it worked as a temporary fix for me. Do it at your own risk. Some of the downsides have been pointed out below.
1. Disconnect negative wire from battery, wait at least 90 seconds (to disable air bag).
2. Turn steering wheel to reveal two screws, one on the upper right, and one on the upper left, corner of the plastic pieces behind the steering wheel.
3. Remove the screws, and pull the lower plastic cover down off the steering column.
4. Observe two plastic covers on the side of the steering wheel. Remove them carefully, use a flat blade screw driver to pry them out.
5. Unscrew the two Torx screws inside.
6. CAREFULLY remove the airbag. Do not set it face down. The Toyota repair manual says to hold it from the bottom.
7. Remove the nut holding the steering wheel in place - it is the large nut dead in the center. It's a 17mm if I remember correctly.
8. Remove steering wheel, rotate to desired position, and push it back on the spine.
9. Replace and tighten the large nut holding the steering wheel in place.
10. Replace air bag. Tighten Torx screws.
11. Replace plastic covers.
12. Replace steering column covers.
13. Replace screws.
14. Test drive and re-adjust if needed.