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Steering Wheel Locking

My steering wheel locks when ever I hit a water puddle. My 1993 camry did the same thing. Is there a problem with camry's doing this? I did not find any recall for this.

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    1999 Toyota Camry XLE. My steering wheel locks whenever my car travels through a puddle or the road conditions are wet.

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There is excessive upward play in the steering shaft causing the steering wheel lock pin to engage, you will need to take it in and find out what is the cause of this.

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