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I recently had my car in for service, when I picked it up, the auto return feature on the steering wheel no longer worked. I know longer can adjust the steering wheel up or down, it does move in and out using the positioning control

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  • msanio Jun 19, 2009

    The battery must have been disconnected, I had to reset the radio code



  • msanio Jun 19, 2009

    I have known the mechanic for a long time, I have a difficult time believing he damaged anything on the car, he just installed speed sensors on the rear wheels and I had him double check the brakes on the rear.

    How can I troubleshoot the problem



  • msanio Jun 19, 2009

    I recently had my car in for service, when I picked it up, the auto return feature on the steering wheel no longer worked. I know longer can adjust the steering wheel up or down, it does move in and out using the positioning control, I noticed that I had reset the radio code, so the battery must have been disconnected

  • msanio Jun 19, 2009

    Please pass on my question to a new expert.

  • msanio Jun 19, 2009

    The radio works fine, I want to troubleshoot the steering positioner, see notes above.

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it could be the faulty fuse that supports it or If the fuse is not burnt, then it's the "Clock Spring" in the steering column. It's a flat ribbon about 1" wide coiled up. It's located until your airbag in the steering wheel. The part cost about $140.00 and takes about one hour to change.
also in a rare case The problem could be vaccum related. Check if the air vents in the dash still blow air. If not, it's possibly a vaccum problem

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Hi..
These radios can be difficult if the wrong codes are entered( i think if u enter 3 times in a row) and it goes into security lock.... if you enter code and it does not work remove radio and get serial number of and call dealer. The way you enter 4 digit code is by entering the number with the station program keys on the top of the face plate ,, then after code is entered you press the * symbol and it should start working. There is a site that can also assist you with radio problems it is www.beckerautosound.com .
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Did they have the battery disconnected? if so they may have damaged the control module or erased the stored data for column position, make them repair it.

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    yadayada Jun 19, 2009

    U have lost all the stored data and possibly the control module got damaged, they are liable, this will require serious troubleshooting by qualified Acura technicans to fix.

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    yadayada Jun 19, 2009

    was this a dealer?

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    yadayada Jun 19, 2009

    without an Acura special electronic scanner you can't, this is an electronic module, u need to interface with it and see what has happened. sorry but technology precludes most owners repairs these days, return to the Aura dealer who did the work.

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    yadayada Jun 19, 2009

    I gave u the correct info, u need to se an Acura dealer.

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    yadayada Jun 19, 2009

    I gather by your unwillingness to answer that this was a fly by night outside shop?,

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    yadayada Jun 19, 2009

    like i said you need a Acura scan tool to test this.

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