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Looseness in steering column

It is a tilt steering and it has play on the joint that is closest to the dash which also houses the gear shift (the arm?) which is also very loose

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You can fix it. It's fairly easy,handtools and stearing wheel puller. Theres a bushing that wears out on tilt wheels. The easyest way to tell how to do it is to say, go to your libreay and look it up in their moter manuals. They probaly won't check them out. Butr you can photo copy the pages you need.

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