Steering column is becoming loose on 1988 Buick Lesabre
My 1988 Lesabre steering column just started getting loose and seems to be getting looser over the last 3-5 weeks. The intermediate shaft seems to not be loose. I can't tell from my diagrams what I need beside a steering wheel puller, and once the wheel is off, if there is any way to tighten up the column from inside there?
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What is the problem with it? The column is bolted tight to a heavy dash brace. At the bottom, the center steering shaft has a coupling to the rack and pinion steering gear (just below and behind the engine). The steering wheel is fixed tight to the center steering shaft.
If you have a tilt feature and that is what is loose, worn parts cannot be tightened up, but need replaced. And expensive for new parts-consider a used column from salvage yard.
There is a u-joint inside the steering column if you have tilt wheel. Which I don't think that I have ever seen a steering column get loose if there is not tilt wheel. If there is not tilt wheel then there are two bolts that hold the steering column up against the bottom side of the dash. You will just need to tighten these two bolts. If you do have tilt wheel, then it is going to require taking the steering column out and replacing the u-joint in the steering column.
Behind your ignition inside the steering column, there is a plastic piece that screws to the back that has to do with your accessories. its bad or your wiper control stick also located on the steering column is bad.
i dont think their is an adjustment under the sterring wheel. ive had mine apart to do a clockspring. the only nut under the air bag is to hold the steering wheel itself on the column, not to tighten the column itself. try looking under the dash for some studs and nuts holding the whole column itself. that should fix your problem. i dont recommend pulling the airbag and steering wheel for any reason. its very comlpicated under their and all the parts are expensive!
Position inflator module to gain access to wire connectors. Note wire routing for assembly reference.
Push in and rotate horn contact lead counterclockwise, and remove from the steering column horn tower.
Horn contact lead.
Retainer (CPA) from SIR wiring connector.
SIR wiring connector from inflater module.
On models so equipped, disconnect steering wheel control switch connector.
Inflater module. WARNING: When carrying a live inflator module, make sure bag and trim cover are pointed away from body. Never carry the Inflator module by wires or connector on underside of module. In case of an accidental deployment, bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. When placing a live inflator module on a bench or other surface, always face the bag and trim cover away from surface. Never rest a steering column on the steering wheel with inflator module face down and column vertical. This is necessary so that a free space is provided to allow air bag to expand in the unlikely event of accidental deployment. Otherwise personal injury may result.
Simple fix. The shift indicator cable attaches to the shift bowl at the bottom of the steering column. It just clips on the edge of it and can be slid around to adjust. You may have to pull the gear shift down to first gear to see it.