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Steering wheel up and down adjuster is jammed

Hi, My son has a 1991 Celica that he likes to drive with the steering wheel in the lowest position. Suddenly today it decided not to move any more. Its not exactly locked in the highest position either so there is movement in the steering wheel while driving.
Can anyone help? We're just a bit stumped as to why it would be working perfectly one day and then jammed the next.
Cheers Chrissy

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Thank you for your question.
Let me try to assist...The tilt mechanisms are very reliable, and we experience very few failures. However, I have had to release a couple in the last few years...More than likely, the mechanism may just be loose, or bound up, as you have stated that it is in the highest position. Here is what you need to do: Under the steering column, remove the screws holding the lower plastic on. Seperate the bottom half from the top half, and set it aside. Remove the top half of the colum cover. Now, examine the tilt mechanism for loose bolts, or anything that may not move with the adjuster lever.
Sometimes, moving the adjuster lever and janking down on the wheel releases the bind, also.
I hope that this helps with your issue.

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