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2005 Toyota Corolla Tilting steering column adjustment lever not locking...

Has anyone had this problem and what could the possible fix/cure.
I purchased my 2005 Toyota Corolla 2 weeks ago, had it checked out by mechanic as well to cover my self.
As I was driving the the car, I adjusted my seat, all the while hanging onto the steering wheel, suddenly, with a clunk, the steering wheel position moved form high to low, I got home and tried to lock it back into it original place but the lock lever didn't hold the steering wheel position and can still be moved up and down freely.
Can anyone suggest something?

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SOURCE: Steering wheel up and down adjuster is jammed

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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SOURCE: The transmission shift lever on the column feels diconnected.

This is probably to late to help the original poster but it may help others. My 2001 Tribute did the same thing. I would check the connection under the hood first because it is easier to reach. It is between the airbox and firewall directly in from of the driver. It will probably require a flashlight to see but that is where mine was disconnected.

Unfortunately before realizing that I removed the black plastic shroud from the bottom of the steering column. The shift cable connects underneath the the column a few inches in front of the steering wheel. It is connected with a push on connection.

Both connectors have a rubber gasket inside the loop connector that dry rotted in the engine bay. I'm sure it would be easier to simply run a new shift cable but I was strapped for cash at the time and simply hooked it back on and placed a spring clip washer outside it to hold it on.

I hope this helps everyone!

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WERE IS THE FUSABLE LINK IN 1993 COROLLA?


I found this useful diagram at troubleshoot vehicle.com. It answers your question. Fuse box is located below steering column.
Driver Side Fuse Panel
(1993-1996 Toyota Corolla) December 21, 2013 Updated: December 21, 2013 Written by: Abraham Torres-Arredondo driver-side-fuse-box.gifIn the table below you'll find the fuse location and description of the fuses of the driver side under-dash fuse box on 1.6L and 1.8L 1993-1996 Toyota Corolla.
The fuse box is located on the driver side of the dash, below the steering column.
1993-1996 Toyota Corolla Driver Side Fuse Box Fuse Fuse Name Amps 1 Cigarette Lighter, Digital Clock, A/C System, A/T Shift Lock, Alarm, SRS Airbags 20 2 Tail, Parking & License Lights, Instrument Panel and Daytime Running Lights 15 3 Fuel Injection, Cooling Fans, Battery Discharge Light 10 4 Cruise Control System, Daytime Running Lights 10 5 Fuel Injection System 7.5 6 Stop Lights, Cruise Control, Shift Lock System, Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) System 15 7 Turn Signals, Emergency Flashers 10 8 Starting System, Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) System, Shift Lock System 15 9 Gauges, Reminder Lights, Back-up Lights, A/C System, Daytime Running Lights 10 10 Front and Rear Wiper/Washer System 20 driver-side-fuse-box.gif

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My steering wheel is really low to my legs, is there anyway that I can raise it a little bit higher?


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I have a 2005 Toyota Camry and I had the same problem, the tilt steering lever would not lock the steering column into a fixed position. This is what I did to fix it. It should work for you too.

Purchase a 1" to 1-1/2" wide nylon washer at your local hardware store, a big-box store may not have it . Cost is under a dollar (was for me). It needs to be of a "fender" type variety(small hole for how wide it is) and about 1/8" thick or so.

You will need to access the steering column, so remove the plastic trim by removing the screws located behind the steering wheel. You will need to turn the wheel 90 degrees in each direction to do this.

The tilt lever is held in place by a nut with bolt, retention ring(?) and a set ***** bolt.

You must first remove the set *****, which is the one closer to the handle of the lever, with a 10mm wrench. (PHOTO 1). Counter-clockwise turns will remove it.
2005-toyota-camry-steering-wheel-tilt-ipfnsuttamkv5ztmvyuppjnw-3-0.jpg Once the set ***** is off you can remove the retaining ring which keeps the pivot-point nut from loosening. (PHOTO 2).
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Remove the pivot-point nut using a 14mm wrench. This bolt is REVERSE threaded, so clock-wise is what will take it off. Sorry, no photos of this, its crowded under there.

Remove the lever and any broken bits of the original mechanism. (PHOTOS 3 & 4).
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My broken bits do not equal the entire original part. Bits missing.
2005-toyota-camry-steering-wheel-tilt-ipfnsuttamkv5ztmvyuppjnw-3-17.jpg Place your new Nylon fender washer over the bolt followed by the lever and then the pivot-point nut. (PHOTOS 6 &7).
2005-toyota-camry-steering-wheel-tilt-ipfnsuttamkv5ztmvyuppjnw-3-23.jpg This is not a fender type washer, but it is what I used and it seems to have worked well. I think a smaller hole would be preferable--you can always enlarge a too-small hole.

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2005-toyota-camry-steering-wheel-tilt-ipfnsuttamkv5ztmvyuppjnw-3-38.jpg Tighten the nut (turning counter-clockwise) until things snug up. Try the lever and check if it feels like it used to. Keep snugging up the nut until the lever tightens enough to hold the wheel where you want it without it moving or sliding out of position. This may take several attempts. Once you have it where it feels right, replace the retaining ring over the nut and replace the set ***** tightening it (clockwise) firmly.

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  1. Position the steering column transmission shift lever to PARK (P).
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  1. Position the transmission range select lever to PARK (P). Rotate the range select lever clockwise until it reaches the full mechanical stop position.




  1. Slide the black retaining clip forward on the range select lever cable end. This will allow the white lock button to be pushed out.




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  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4. Ensure that the parking brake is applied.
  5. Turn ON the ignition switch.




  1. Move the transmission shift lever from PARK (P) to 1 and back to PARK (P) ten times.




  1. Place the steering column transmission shift lever in the Park (P) position.
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  1. Position the transmission range select lever to PARK (P). Rotate the range select lever clockwise until it reaches the mechanical stop position.




  1. Push in the white lock button in order to secure the core adjuster body inside the range select lever cable end.




  1. Slide the black retainer clip rearward over the cable end until it covers the white lock button. Lock the clip over the cable end.
  2. Lower the vehicle.
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  5. Ensure that the engine starts in PARK (P) and in NEUTRAL (N) positions only. If the engine does not start in PARK (P) and in NEUTRAL (N), the Park/Neutral Position Switch may need adjustment.
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Okay, my boyfriend owns a 2000 ford f-250 super duty and your prolly wondering as to why im asking about this instead of him ... well im more mechanically inclined then he is lol funny huh... okay heres...


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