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

1997 Lexus LS400 - telescopic steering wheel won't tilt down, I can hear a gear spinning. It will go in and out, just not down.

I would be okay if I could turn OFF the automatic steering wheel movement once i got the wheel down where i want it.
2001 Lexus LS430 - Same problem, but no sound when I manually try to tilt. Have you received any answers on this? komalley09@gmail.com.

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  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    i have the same porblem steering wheel go in and out but not down

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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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Yes it would be perfectly ok to disegauge the auto switch to keep it from moving again. It needs a tilt motor replaced . not a easy job.

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