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How to tighten the steering wheel tilt on a 1990 gmc sierra 3500

The steering wheel tilt control is loose how do i tighten it

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Without taking the tilt mechanism off you can only reach 2 of the 3 bolts. If you use 1/4 in. socket on 1/4 in drive with 6 in extension you can just get at the left bolt. If you remove the tilt spring you can get to the bottom bolt. To remoce tilt spring retainer use standard Phillips.

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