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Tilt wheel will not work but i can hear the motor run for about 3 seconds. I just had the ECM replaced, will this cause the problem?

I have just had the ECM preplaced and now the tilt will not go down, it acts like it is stuck in the up position. The motor however will run for about 3-5 seconds and quit. The telescoping side will still go in and out.

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  • micjones783 Nov 26, 2008

    micjones@southernco.com I have the same problem, tilt will not work, it wil telescope in and out

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    I also have the same problem. What happens is that the gears on the sprocket tend to have the teeth break due to it being set on the auto up and down mode when you insert and remove the key for easy access in and out of the vehicle. Solution: need to replace either just gear if your lucky enough to tear it all apart or need to replace WHOLE steering column due to the fact that it is built into the column as that function.

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SOURCE: Telescopic Steering wheel won't move down - I hear a gear spinning

Open the gear motor on the left hand side of the telelscopic assembly. Take the plate off held by 4 philips screws. Using a 10mm socket, remove the bolt holding the platic gear. Remove plastic gear and insert the reverse way. Over the years, one side of the gears get worn out.

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SOURCE: 2001 yukon sunroof stuck in tilt position

your car is junk

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SOURCE: my sunroof is stuck in up tilt position an will

If motor is still working you have a broken cable it is a big job have to take out headliner to drop out whole sunroof ***. to change cable.

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SOURCE: Tilt Steering Wheel lever appears broken - locked

This is a simple mechanical issue (no electronics involved).

Remove the plastic housing from around the steering column and ignition area. It is held with screws from under the column area. There are two screws from the top that you may need a short screwdriver to reach. Some are phillips and some are hex head. Just take your time it will come.

Once open you will see interlocking teeth or "gears" on the top of the column. One in mounted to the column the other engages into the tilt release teeth. This is the tilt mechanism. The top lever is lifted up by the adjusting lever. When the teeth are disengaged the wheel can be moved up and down.

Look to see the linkage is intact from the lever to the top gear. Pull the adjusting lever to see it is working and trying to lift the top gear up.

It can stick. Use WD40 if struck. Try shaking the steering wheel up and down while operating the adjusting lever (right side of column behind the turn signal lever).

Still struck? Use a screwdriver to lift the gears apart. The wheel will tilt easily now. Move to the desired position and engage the gears again. It will now be locked in the position you want.

It sounds complex but it is not. Just take your time and it will be obvious.

Note that while working you should have the negative cable removed from the battery. You do not want to trigger the air bag or damage the electronics. With the negative cable removed you will not have a problem.


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