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STEERING WHEEL MOVES SIDE TO SIDE AND UP AND DOWN. IT'S TIGHT TO THE DASH BUT LOSE AT THE TILT KNUCKLE. IS THERE A WAY TO TIGHTEN IT. THANKS

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Hi, you're got the dreaded loose star bolt issue. Youi'll have to take all the guts out of the column to get to them. And after they are tight, you'll have to put it back together correctly. So you should pay VERY close attention while you're taking it apart. A critical part of installation is the linkage from the key barrel shaft to the ignition switch. The exact configuration depends on your make and model. I will include a breakdown of thje saginaw tilt column. If yours is different, please reply with model and year. Aside from the star socket needed to tighten the loose bolts, there are 2 other special tools needed for this job--a steering wheel puller and a lock plate spring compressor. You start by disconnecting the battery to avoid shorts. Then remove the horn button. I'm assuming no airbag on the steering wheel. remove the steering wheel nut and apply the puller to get the steering wheel off. Remove the dust cover to expose the locking plate. Apply the locking plate spring compressor and get the clip off the shaft. The lock plate will come off exposing the signal cancelling disk and turn signal cam. Remove the disk, signal handle and hazard flasher knob, and then loosen the switch screws. Pull the switch up over the end of the shaft but leave it hanging there. Remove the key barrel lock screw and remove the key barrel. Unscrew the tilt lever. This should allow the cover to slip off the tilt housing. Let it hang on top of the turn switch. If it will not come off yet, you may need to remove the ignition switch linkage on the left side. At this point, you may be able to tighten the star bolts, depending on what tools you have available. If not, with the cover off the tilt housing, the pivot pins are exposed. Use an 8/32 screw to thread into each pivot pin and pull them out. Now be carefull not to lose the shaft bearings as you pull the tilt mechanism off the shaft. The pivot spring is also loose at this point. (you can remove the pivot spring before taking the pivot pins out using a square bit and turning while pushing in--it's like some bulbs you're familiar with) With the tilt mechanism off, you can finally tighten those pesky star screws. Now put it all back together and go have a beer.

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