Electric steering wheel adjustment not working - Reach/Rake
I've just purchased a 2002 R/Rover Vogue privately. Each time I insert/remove the ignition key noises are heard around the steering column but the wheel doesn't move. Also the adjustment switch doesn't do anything when I move it in/out or up/down. What am I doing wrong? Many thanks.
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The noise you can hear is the motors still working but the worm nut has broken inside the steering column. The motors still work with the memory system you have but they are not moving the wheel as the worms are still turning but the nut which is attached to the steering column will be floating.
Remove covers and check this before you order the new parts as i am informed that a full column is required in order to replace this little part.
As it in no way affects the actual steering of the wheels you may be able to repair this without going to major expence.
Hope this helps. The same happened with mine but i just wedged the steering in one place and left it. Its been two years now and i can still hear the two motors working every time i put in the ignition key but without the steering wheel adjustment. Ask yourself do you really need it
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you will need to strip out the steering columm cowling , usually screwed from below part through to top cowling , remove once screws removed , you will then have access to the switch and will see how it is secure in position ,usually two bolts/screws holding it in place remove these and then disconnect the wiring connector , easy if you take your time , also lower steering wheel rake adjuster once cowling removed will give you a bit more room to work in
You will have to remove the lock and then make sure the steering wheel lock is permanently disengaged before putting the column back together without the lock cylinder. While you are there, you can also remove the ignition switch and reconnect it external to the column so you can use it. Here is the procedure: Except 240 Series
See Figures 1 and 2
Before working the steering system, read the SRS service precautions in Chassis Electrical .
Place the front wheels in straight-ahead position.
Disconnect the negative battery cable AND TAPE the cable end.
Remove the air bag assembly.
Remove the steering wheel.
Remove the contact reel assembly.
Remove the combination switch.
Remove the steering column rake adjustment lever using a 0.12 in. (3mm) hex wrench.
Remove the parking plate around the steering tube (4 screws).
Disconnect the ignition lock connector.
Turn the ignition switch to position I .
Take a 0.079 inch (2mm) drift and press down the tumblers in the cylinder.
Remove the lock assembly.
Install the steering lock assembly.
Turn the ignition switch to position I and press down the tumblers with a suitable drift
Install the lock assembly.
Install the combination switch assembly.
Install the contact reel.
Install the steering wheel.
Install the air bag assembly.
When connecting the battery, make sure that no one is in the vehicle in case of an SRS malfunction causing accidental air bag deployment.
Reconnect the negative battery cable.
Check the vehicle operation and SRS system for fault codes.
Hello, Dan. First, disconnect the negative (-)/ground on the battery Dan are you
mechanically inclined. If not then don't attempted this job.
need to remove all the plastic covers on the steering column. Remove the horn
ring.--two screws under the steering wheel. Remove the horn ring and disconnect
the horn plug. Remove the steering wheel nut. Use a steering wheel puller to
remove the steering wheel.
Remove the turn signal switch that fit around
the upper part of the steering column. Then remove the some of the parts that
are associated with the steering wheel and/or column.
Now, look at the
ignition switch flange, it a big chunk of aluminum. Now look for a large
aluminum dowel pin 5/8" in diameter that is driven into the chuck of aluminum
but it is parallel to the steering column.
This aluminum dowel pin will
have to be drill out before you can get ignition housing off, If there is
adjustable steering column lever, remove this also.
Now, once the dowel
pin has been removed, looking for a **** in the ignition housing. Take chisel
and insert into this ****, drive the chisel into the **** until the ignition
housing is loose to be remove by sliding it up over the steering
If you buy a new ignition switch, on purchase the switch with
keys. Don't buy the hole new ignition housing.. If you do it will get
In the ignition (old) housing drive out the ignition switch
pins that keeps the ignition switch in the housing. Install the new ignition
switch re-insert the ignition switch hold pins.
I am fairly sure that
Carquest/ NAPA some other larger auto parts will have ignition housing bolt. If
they try to sell you a replacement aluminum dowel pin don't buy it. It is almost
impossible to install the aluminum dowel pin without the proper tools, so use a
bolt to squeeze ignition housing together.
Before putting everything
back together. Now, check the new ignition switch to make sure it works. I wish
you lot of luck. GB...stewbison
Ignition switch located half way down steering column. Ignition tumbler (Where you insert the key) Need to remove steering wheel, if tilt steering need remove c clip, then there is a hex bolt securing the tumbler. Ignition switch is a bit more involved.hope this helps, James Booth
This also happens when the battery is dead. If you can at least wiggle the steering wheel about 20° in either direction then the steering lock isn't the problem. (Although if you wiggle it too much it might be!)