Question about 2003 Toyota Corolla
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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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.
Posted on Oct 03, 2008
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would need car in front of me and my oil can in my hand to clean the mechanism of accumlated dirt around the springs and the whatever and a nice drop of real oil and not that fish oil od wd40
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
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!
Posted on Mar 08, 2011
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