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Broken Steering Column

The adjustment for the steering wheel, takes it up and down, moves it in and back has broken. It looks like the steering column tube which has that part will need to be replaced. Trying to find that part. Any ideas?

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  • MOHEAD69 May 26, 2009

    i need to replace the whole steering column im my 96 buick riveria

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Wrecking yard is the best bet as you will most probably have to buy the whole steering column

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