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Steering column tilt steering is loose I tried tightening the three torx screws in under turn signal switch but they already are tight what should I do next?

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    sreering weel feels like its gonna fall off

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The three bolts are the most common problem but the two pins that hold the pivot together can come out or the housing wears out causing loosness. you should have seen them when accesing the bolts. they are threaded internally and sometimes you have to stake them in place. good luck

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Location of signal relay 2002 lincoln ls


That sounds like the multifunction switch is the fault. The flasher on this vehicle is part of the hazzard switch. It recieves power for turn flashing from the turn signal switch. It is very common for the turnsignal (multifunction) switch to become worn and supply partial power to the flasher (hazzard switch) when not on which results in this fast clicking without any lights on. To be certian without taking out any tools whatsoever the next time the clicking happens jiggle the turn signal switch and see if it goes away or changes at all. If it does you need the turn signal switch. I'm going to include replacement instructions for that below because I am confident that is what you will need. Please ask if you have any further questions.



Caution: Unless directed otherwise, the ignition and start switch must be in the OFF or LOCK position, and all electrical loads must be OFF before servicing any electrical component. Disconnect the negative battery cable to prevent an electrical spark should a tool or equipment come in contact with an exposed electrical terminal. Failure to follow these precautions may result in personal injury and/or damage to the vehicle or its components.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Disable the supplemental inflatable restraints (SIR).

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Remove the tilt lever.
Remove the 3 Torx® head screws from the lower column shroud (3).
Remove the upper column shroud (1) tilting up and unsnapping from the lower column shroud hinges (3).
Remove the lower column shroud (3) from the steering column (2).
Remove the Torx® head screws (1) from the multifunction switch (2).
Object Number: 442014 Size: SH

Disconnect the electrical connectors (3) from the multifunction switch (1).
Remove the multifunction switch (1) from the column (2).
Installation Procedure

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Position the multifunction switch (1) on the steering column (2).
Connect the electrical connectors to the multifunction switch (1).

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Install the Torx® head screw (1) to the multifunction switch (2).

Tighten
Tighten the screw to 6 N·m (53 lb in).

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Install the lower column shrouds (3) to the steering column (2).
Install the upper column shroud (1) to the steering column (2).


Install the Torx® head screws to the lower steering column shroud (3).

Tighten
Tighten the screws to 2 N·m (18 lb in).
Install the tilt lever.
Enable the SIR system.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Ensure that the multifunction switch functions properly.

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Sep 15, 2011 | Lincoln LS Cars & Trucks

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My hazard lights work, on my 1999 expedition xlt, but my turn signal lights do not. Im not sure if I need to replace the flasher or the relay. If its the flasher, where is the flasher located and where...


This is a common problem for the turn signal switch itself. Try used. You will notice in the instructions to remove the steering wheel. Don't. The removal of the ignition switch is also not necessary. Remove the screws at the bottom of the column where it shows and take a screw driver and pry the other side up to see the 2 screws (torx, or star bits) to remove. This will only take about 20 minutes to perform.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the 4 retaining screws from the lower column shroud and remove the upper and lower shrouds.
  3. Remove the 2 retaining screws from the multi-function switch and unplug the 2 wiring connectors.
  4. Remove the switch.

To install:
  1. Install the multi-function switch.
  2. Tighten the 2 retaining screws and attach the 2 electrical connectors.
  3. Install the upper and lower column shrouds. Tighten the 4 retaining screws.
  4. Connect the negative battery cable.

F-150, F-250, Expedition, Navigator and 1999-00 Super Duty Models


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Fig. Fig. 1 Turn the ignition switch to the RUN position and push the lock cylinder release pin with a suitable punch while ...



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Fig. Fig. 2 ... pulling out the lock cylinder



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Fig. Fig. 3 Remove 3 steering column shroud retaining screws and ...



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Fig. Fig. 4 ... remove the upper and ...



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Fig. Fig. 5 ... lower steering column shrouds



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Fig. Fig. 6 Remove the switch retaining screws, lift the switch assembly up and ...



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Fig. Fig. 7 ... detach the switch electrical connectors to remove the switch

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the ignition key and tumbler as follows:
    1. Turn the ignition switch to the RUN position.
    2. Push the lock cylinder release pin with a suitable punch while pulling out the lock cylinder.

  3. If equipped, twist off the tilt wheel handle and remove.
  4. Remove 3 steering column shroud retaining screws and remove the upper and lower shrouds.
  5. Remove 2 self-tapping screws that retain the combination switch to the steering column casting. Disengage the switch from the casting.
  6. Detach the electrical connectors, being careful not to damage the locking tabs and the shift position indicator cable.

To install:
  1. Connect the combination switch electrical harness connectors ensuring that the connectors are fully engaged. The wiring for the switch is to be routed under the shift position indicator cable.
  2. Install the combination switch with 2 self-tapping screws. Tighten to 19-25 inch lbs. (2-3 Nm).
  3. Install the upper and lower steering column shrouds. Install the retaining screws and tighten to 9 inch lbs. (1 Nm).
  4. If equipped, install the tilt wheel handle ad tighten to 44 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
  5. Install the ignition key and tumbler assembly.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.
  7. Check the steering column and combination switch for proper operation.

Feb 12, 2011 | 1999 Ford Expedition

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2001 jeep grand cherokee laredo, lights come one intermittently, horn came on unexpectedly and wouldn't turn off. How do I fix that?


Lights intermittent can be caused by switch or relay. Try swapping the Low Beam relay with another similar relay (horn relay is a good choice) to see if that resolves it. These relays are in the Junction Block--may be under the hood or in the car but not in the big box by the battery). If this doesn't fix it, the problem is likely the headlamp switch.

Horn coming on is usually caused by a broken switch or stripped wire insulation inside the steering column. You would usually have to take the steering wheel off to fix it, and this requires special tools; however, if the problem happens to be under the steering column shroud, you may be able to fix it without taking off the steering wheel. Take the shroud off and see if you can follow the black/red horn wire. Follow it as far as you can to check for stripped insulation contact with any metal. If you lights switch is bad, you can also change that while you have the shroud off.

Please let me know if you have questions.


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Wand Removal & Installataion

  1. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
  2. Remove the knee blocker from the instrument panel.
  3. Remove the three screws that secure the lower steering column shroud to the upper shroud.
  4. If the vehicle is equipped with a standard non-tilt steering column, loosen the two upper steering column mounting nuts. If the vehicle is equipped with the optional tilt steering column, move the tilt steering column to the fully lowered position.
  5. Remove both the upper and lower shrouds from the steering column.
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Fig. Steering column shroud removal for the Cherokee

  1. Remove the two screws that secure the multi-function switch water shield and bracket to the top of the steering column.
  2. Remove the one screw located below the left multi-function switch control stalk that secures the multi-function switch water shield and bracket to the steering column.
  3. Gently pull the lower mounting tab of the multi-function switch water shield bracket away from the steering column far enough to clear the screw boss below the left multi-function switch control stalk.
  4. Lift the water shield and bracket with the left multi-function switch off of the left side of the steering column far enough to access the two instrument panel wire harness connectors for the left multi-function switch.
    NOTE If the vehicle is equipped with the optional tilt steering column, lifting gently upward on the tilt release lever will provide additional clearance to ease left multi-function switch removal.
  5. Disconnect the two instrument panel wire harness connectors from the left multi-function switch connector receptacles.
  6. Remove the left multi-function switch and water shield from the steering column as a unit.
  7. Gently and carefully remove the water shield from the switch by pulling it over the hazard warning switch button and the left multi-function switch control stalk.

To install:
  1. Gently and carefully install the water shield onto the switch by pulling it over the hazard warning switch button and the left multi-function switch control stalk.
  2. Position the left multi-function switch and water shield near its mounts on the steering column as a unit.
  3. Reconnect the two instrument panel wire harness connectors to the left multi-function switch connector receptacles.
  4. Position the left multi-function switch onto its mounts on the left side of the steering column.
    NOTE If the vehicle is equipped with the optional tilt steering column, lifting gently upward on the tilt release lever will provide additional clearance to ease left multi-function switch installation.
  5. Position the lower mounting tab of the multi-function switch water shield bracket to the steering column screw boss below the left multi-function switch control stalk.
  6. Install and tighten the one screw located below the left multi-function switch control stalk that secures the multi-function switch water shield and bracket to the steering column.
  7. Tighten the screw to 10 inch lbs. (1.1 Nm).
  8. Install and tighten the two screws that secure the multi-function switch water shield and bracket to the top of the steering column [Tighten the screws to 20 inch lbs. (2.2 Nm)].
  9. Position both the upper and lower shrouds onto the steering column.
  10. Install and tighten the three screws that secure the lower steering column shroud to the upper shroud. Tighten the screws to 18 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
  11. If the vehicle is so equipped, tighten the two nuts that secure the non-tilt steering column upper mounting bracket to the dash panel steering column support bracket studs. Tighten the nuts to 200 inch lbs. 22 Nm).
  12. Reinstall the knee blocker onto the instrument panel.
  13. Reconnect the battery negative cable.

Nov 04, 2010 | 2001 Jeep Cherokee

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I have a loose steering column on my 1985 chevy van (tilt/cc)


Evidently you have a tilt well. you have to rmove the steering wheel to access four screws that come loose in the middle of the column. Once you remove the wheel you have to remove the hazard button.Below the wheel is a plate that you have to compress to remove a c clip with a thin screw driver. Than you have to remove the turn signal switch that is held in with three screws. Disconnect the harness on the side of the column. slide the switch out as far as you can. the piece that the switch sits on has to be removed so you can get to the screws that needs to be tightened.This a very tough job for a homr repair tech and should be done by a tech. I was just giving you an idea what it is like if you have never done this before.

Mar 19, 2010 | 1987 Chevrolet R30

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How to tighten the steering column in my 1989 Buick Century Custom


need to know which motor you have, if your talking about the colunm itself or the steering wheel (if you grab the wheel at it moves all over) can send diagram showing images and directions how to do column. need email address to send file to.

Feb 09, 2010 | 1989 Buick Century

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Steering column came loose not the tilt but the side to side


Pull wheel and flasker ,turn signal and tighten inverted torx bolts inside ...There are three and a bit hard to get at...

Oct 31, 2009 | 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

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My steering wheel column wigls at the tilt part how do i fix it


    If your third gen is NOT air bag equipped, just follow the blue NUMBERED steps only!
    If you have a 90-92 F-Body equipped with an air bag, skip steps 1 and 2 and go to step A in red letters just below step 2!
  1. Remove steering wheel horn button and assocated wiring.
  2. Remove steering wheel nut clip and nut then using a steering wheel puller, pull off the steering wheel.
    1. Disconnect battery
    2. Remove both lower under dash panels.
    3. Remove SIR (airbag) fuse from fuse panel. (this is overkill since you disconnected the battery but gm recommends it)
    4. Disconect the big yellow wire with the yellow SIR tag going to the steering column. (there will be a saftey clip you have to remove before unplugging the connector)
    5. Disconnect the smaller 2 connector wire that is right beside the yellow SIR connector. (this usually has a orange cover around the wires on the steering column side)
    6. Remove the airbag from the column by unscrewing the 4 torx screws on the back side of the steering wheel. (these screws will not come out of the wheel since they have retaining devices on them. Also back these screws off a little at a time simultaneously or you will put the airbag in a bind.)
    7. Disconnect SIR connector on the airbag at the steering column (make sure to remove the blue saftey clip first)
    8. Set airbag aside. (carry it with the finished side facing away from you and place on a smooth surface face up.)
    9. Remove steering wheel with common steering wheel puller.
    10. Once steering wheel is removed you will see the SIR sensor underneath. Remove this by using lock ring pliers to remove the retainer)
    11. Slide the SIR sensor out (the wire will pull out enough to clear the column and set aside but still be connected to the column)
      From this point you will remove the lockplate at step 3 below (in blue letters). Things should be pretty much exactly the same.

  3. Remove the lock plate cover
  4. Remove lock plate with lock plate depressing tool (remove C-clip when lock plate is depressed
  5. Remove the loose parts (i'm not sure what they're called but they just slip off)
  6. Remove the hazard light button.
  7. Remove 3 phillips screws that hold the turn signal mechanical switches (you may have to flip the turn signal to the left to get to the bottom screw.)
  8. Remove the vanity plate under neath the dash to get to the wiring at the base of the steering column (this is above the driver's feet)
  9. Pull on the turn signal wires to get some slack and pull it over the middle spindle thing.
  10. Remove the ignition cylinder hold down pin (it's smaller than a t-10 torx, not sure what number) and pull the ignition cylinder out.
  11. Remove 3 torx bolts (I think #15 or 20) Be careful not to drop any of these bolts or screws into the steering column.. they're hard to get back out..
  12. Unscrew the tilt steering lever
  13. Remove the steering column collar. This is kinda tricky and you gotta pull this over that center spindle. Takes some stretching of the wires to get it to pull over it but it's do-able.
  14. Now there's a circular thing under the spindle, using a big philips screw driver, push it down and turn it. Careful cause there's a spring under it. release the spring and remove it.
  15. Now you need a tilt steering pin remover. These things are hard to find.. I know the MAC man and the Snap-on man have them and those are the only two I know of that have them. (I borrowed a snap-on one from a mechanic at a shop I used to work at. You can use a screw and thread it and then pull on it with pliers but that's a pain in the ****.. I've heard one guy use a dent puller and it worked fine.
  16. When you pull the pins out the tilt head will move and you should be able to pull it out towards you some. (you might have to put the tilt steering lever back in to release the cogs inside the column)
  17. There are four inverse torx (size E8) bolts in there. Just tighten the heck out of them.. they'll stay.. Don't take them out cause there's a plate on the other end. If you pull out the bolt to loctite it, the plate will fall off and you'll have to pull the whole column to get the plate back in. If you've got the steering column out of the car, then I guess this isn't an issue but there isn't a need. My column has stayed tight for a year now.

Installation:
Once they're tightened up, installation is in reverse order. Getting the tilt part of the column back on is kind of tricky too but with that spring out (step 14), it's not too bad.. I did it with the spring still installed.. Be careful when you put the collar back on, you don't want to bend the piece that sits on the left side of the column that's attached to the ignition cylinder. if you bend it, you may not be able to turn the key or the car may not statr when the column is put together. If it does get bent or look bent, you can bend it back by hand.
When you're putting the high beam linkage back on, make sure that the end metal rod fits into the switch under the steering column and then put grease on the steering column piece to hold it in place as you put the collar back on. then it's just bolts and screws and you're set.
It took me 2 tries to get it right.. First time, I didn't tighten the 4 bolts down tight enough and it got lose again quick. You might also want to loctite the screw that holds the turn signal lever in place. That likes to get loose and then you have to take off the steering wheel and lock plate to tighten it.
If you have any questions, let me know..

Oct 28, 2009 | GMC K1500 Cars & Trucks

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I have a 1973 Camaro with the factory tilt steering column and it's starting to get loose. What does it take to fix this? Are there any part breakdown diagrams?


if you can, pull steering wheel, steering lock wheel(spring compressor needed,from auto parts store,free) pull signal switch (three screws) out far enogh to see tilt mechinizm, there are three black bolts to be tightened, if you wiggle the tilt column you should see them loose, a small socket will fit star shaped bolt heads

Apr 25, 2009 | Chevrolet Camaro Cars & Trucks

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Wobbly tilt wheel


Remove horn pad . After removing the large nut SCRIBE A LINE ON THE CENTER SHAFT and the STEERING WHEEL, Using a steering wheel puller, remove steering wheel. Now comes the tricky part. Remove signal stalk ( just pull out a couple of inches ),and 4-way flasher knob. Disconnect multiple connector of signal switch. Remove 3 screws holing switch down. Gently pull upward on switch to expose lower steering bowl. The large bolts are LOOSE that secure it, so the reason for the wobble. Tighten bolts, and reverse procedure.

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