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Telescopic Steering wheel won't move down or up

1997 Lexus LS400 - telescopic steering wheel won't tilt down, I can hear a gear spinning. It will go in and out, just not down. I would be okay if I could turn OFF the automatic steering wheel movement once i got the wheel down where i want it. i have a 92 lexus ls 400 and its the same thing except there is no clicking. should i try the same

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Yes it would be perfectly ok to disegauge the auto switch to keep it from moving again. It needs a tilt motor replaced . not a easy job.

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