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The tilt lever is completely missing from my 2005 F-150 (newly purchased). It is a tilt equipped wheel - can I just use an adjustable wrench to turn the large square nut on the side of the column? I only need to move it once into a more comfortable position and then lock it there.

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  • mvetter740 Nov 17, 2009

    By doing the "easy" fix I mentioned, is there any real risk of permanent damage? What does the right way entail?

    Thanks


  • mvetter740 Nov 17, 2009

    Tremendous help - thank you!

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If u don't want to fix it right then yes you can use the discribed method to move the tilt of the wheel, but if i were u I would consider a proper repair.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

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    yadayada Nov 17, 2009

    no u will not damage anything.

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2005-toyota-camry-steering-wheel-tilt-ipfnsuttamkv5ztmvyuppjnw-3-0.jpg Once the set ***** is off you can remove the retaining ring which keeps the pivot-point nut from loosening. (PHOTO 2).
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