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Somebody broke the steering colum seal that goes around in front of the the shifting collar I cant put my key into the lock posistion with a new cylinder.The old cylinder turns the ignition on though.Alos it is the tilt steering type but this has been compromised and there is lots of play up and down and some left and right.Can I Fix this without replacing the whole column?Can I Just Eliminate the seal and tighten whatever back?

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You can probably get a new seal from your Ford dealer, but it's only there for asthetic purposes. The looseness is very typical and is due to the infamous torx screws coming loose. These are way down below the tilt mechanism. If you tell me your model and year, I may be able to find specific instructions for tightening those screws. I could tell you most off the top of my head, but there are minor differences from year to year. The job requires a steering wheel puller and a lock ring spring compressor as well as a number of standard tools. It amounts to taking all the guts out of the column to get to and tighten those screws. Thanks for using FixYa.

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