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Play in the steering wheel column after position adjustment

A lever on the left side of my steering column allows you to position the steering wheel at different angles. I took my car in for an alignment and new tires. They had adjusted my steering wheel in a very low position. I moved the lever to adjust my steering wheel where I normally have it. I went to leave the repair shop and when I turned the wheel the entire steering column moved and it now moves about a quarter of an inch all the time. This was in Tires Plus parking lot. The manager came out and said they could not have done anything because the steering column is a sealed unit and it can't be tampered with. My steering wheel does not lock into a position and stay fixed. Please help. I think the alignment person who took the car for a test drive forced the steering wheel to his liking and broke something so that it does't lock into a position, there is play.

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  • dalangsford May 27, 2009

    Well, I took my car to the dealership to find out if my steering wheel tilt lock was damaged during my all wheel alignment. They found the problem and it took only 5 mins. to fix!! I have owned the car for 2 yrs. and I had never adjusted my tilt for the steering wheel for about 2 yrs. because it was exactly where I wanted it. When they took my car for a test drive, they adjusted the steering wheel to their liking. The gears had dirt and debris. The dealership cleaned the gears and sprayed with a white grease. I was told to every once in a while to adjust the steering wheel tilt. It now locks into place. Thought I would share this solution with others. Thanks!

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When they did the alignment it's possible that they used a tool that locks the steering wheel straight while it's on the alignment rack.If they put too much pressure on the wheel when they used the steering wheel seat lock tool it may have stressed you tilt lock mech causing it not to lock where you want it.Hope this helps

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