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LS400 1996 Steering wheel doesn't go down to driving positon

When car is started it doesn't go down so i have to drive like i'm driving a bus. Also if I pull the knob to make it go down it won't instead makes a harsh grinding sound. Pushing the seating memory doesn't work either.

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  • achiarizio Nov 01, 2008

    I have the same problem. I keep hearing that I need to replace the whole steering column.

  • jonnofziger Dec 08, 2008

    1995 LS 400. The steering wheel will telescope but not adjust down. When I press the button, it makes a griding sound like plastic gears grinding.

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    I have the same problem! It came out of the blue! But at the same disc brake light came on telling me to replace my brake pads and i'm wondering if this has anything to do with it. My theory, is the steering wheel will put intself in the up position if the brakes are worn for the airbag to deploy if the brakes are going bad.



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You have to repalce the motor that drives the telescoping system.

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Save money and just remove the plastic gear and flip around. using one side of the gear has taken its toll by wearing out.

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