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Steering Wheel Adjustment .The lever is located under the steering column, slightly to the left. To adjust the steering wheel: 1. Pull the lever down. 2. Move the steering wheel up or down into a comfortable position. 3. Pull the lever up to lock the wheel in place. Do not adjust the tilt lever while driving.
Most cars will have a small lever right on the steering column, either on the sides or bottom. I have seen some cars that don't have the "tilt wheel" option though. Just pull that lever, adjust to desired height, and release lever.
There should be a small lever, usually on the left of the steering column, under the steering wheel. If you pull or lift on the lever, it allows the steering wheel to be tilted up or down. When you release the lever or push it down, it will lock the steering wheel at that height.
I have a 2005 Toyota Camry and I had the same problem, the tilt steering lever would not lock the steering column into a fixed position. This is what I did to fix it. It should work for you too.
Purchase a 1" to 1-1/2" wide nylon washer at your local hardware store, a big-box store may not have it . Cost is under a dollar (was for me). It needs to be of a "fender" type variety(small hole for how wide it is) and about 1/8" thick or so.
You will need to access the steering column, so remove the plastic trim by removing the screws located behind the steering wheel. You will need to turn the wheel 90 degrees in each direction to do this.
The tilt lever is held in place by a nut with bolt, retention ring(?) and a set ***** bolt.
You must first remove the set *****, which is the one closer to the handle of the lever, with a 10mm wrench. (PHOTO 1). Counter-clockwise turns will remove it.
Once the set ***** is off you can remove the retaining ring which keeps the pivot-point nut from loosening. (PHOTO 2).
Remove the pivot-point nut using a 14mm wrench. This bolt is REVERSE threaded, so clock-wise is what will take it off. Sorry, no photos of this, its crowded under there.
Remove the lever and any broken bits of the original mechanism. (PHOTOS 3 & 4).
My broken bits do not equal the entire original part. Bits missing.
Place your new Nylon fender washer over the bolt followed by the lever and then the pivot-point nut. (PHOTOS 6 &7).
This is not a fender type washer, but it is what I used and it seems to have worked well. I think a smaller hole would be preferable--you can always enlarge a too-small hole.
Tighten the nut (turning counter-clockwise) until things snug up. Try the lever and check if it feels like it used to. Keep snugging up the nut until the lever tightens enough to hold the wheel where you want it without it moving or sliding out of position. This may take several attempts. Once you have it where it feels right, replace the retaining ring over the nut and replace the set ***** tightening it (clockwise) firmly.
Replace trim and done!
10 to 20 minutes, very basic tools and materials for under a dollar. All for what a dealership would charge over $500 for plus labor. I hope this helps, it worked for me!
STEERING WHEEL TILT LEVER ON LOWER LEFT OF THE STEERING WHEEL NEXT TO THE TURN SIGNAL SWITCH JUST LOOK FOR ANOTHER LEVER BELOW TURN SIGNAL SWITCH THATS YOUR STEERING WHEEL TILT LEVER. YOU CANT MISS IT UNLESS IT BROKEN OFF.
This is a simple mechanical issue (no electronics involved).
Remove the plastic housing from around the steering column and ignition area. It is held with screws from under the column area. There are two screws from the top that you may need a short screwdriver to reach. Some are phillips and some are hex head. Just take your time it will come.
Once open you will see interlocking teeth or "gears" on the top of the column. One in mounted to the column the other engages into the tilt release teeth. This is the tilt mechanism. The top lever is lifted up by the adjusting lever. When the teeth are disengaged the wheel can be moved up and down.
Look to see the linkage is intact from the lever to the top gear. Pull the adjusting lever to see it is working and trying to lift the top gear up.
It can stick. Use WD40 if struck. Try shaking the steering wheel up and down while operating the adjusting lever (right side of column behind the turn signal lever).
Still struck? Use a screwdriver to lift the gears apart. The wheel will tilt easily now. Move to the desired position and engage the gears again. It will now be locked in the position you want.
It sounds complex but it is not. Just take your time and it will be obvious.
Note that while working you should have the negative cable removed from the battery. You do not want to trigger the air bag or damage the electronics. With the negative cable removed you will not have a problem.
There is no secret button. It sounds like the linkage between the tilt lever and the tilt mechanism inside the steering column has come loose, or the mechanism is jammed. If that's the case, it's a complicated job to repair it, and because of the air bag in the wheel housing, should only be done by a qualified shop.
push it in and it might be a key release???? idk all hondas have some kind of weird thing in them....like my civic, it has a barrel key thing under the dash on the side of where the stereo goes on the driver side and i still to this day have no idea what it does, lol.
Thank you for your question.
Let me try to assist...The tilt mechanisms are very reliable, and we experience very few failures. However, I have had to release a couple in the last few years...More than likely, the mechanism may just be loose, or bound up, as you have stated that it is in the highest position. Here is what you need to do: Under the steering column, remove the screws holding the lower plastic on. Seperate the bottom half from the top half, and set it aside. Remove the top half of the colum cover. Now, examine the tilt mechanism for loose bolts, or anything that may not move with the adjuster lever.
Sometimes, moving the adjuster lever and janking down on the wheel releases the bind, also.
I hope that this helps with your issue.