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Steering column wont auto adjust in the heat?

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Check the fluid level and the condition of the fluid for your power steering pump. If the fluid is low or bad the pump will not operate properly causing all sorts of steering problems. i hope that this helps you out!

Posted on Apr 01, 2011

  • Dee Jones Apr 01, 2011

    Thanks for the response but the issue is not with the function of the actual steering.

    The problem is with the tilt wheel inside not returning to the set location when the car is in the heat. It works great in cool weather and at night. It is an annoyance




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