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1987 f-150 tilt steering wheel is stuck in the up position - I push the turn signal arm forward and steering wheel will not budge. Need a breakdown of this so I can see if I can fix it.

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May need to push up on whell or even turn beforepush the unlock

Posted on Feb 09, 2011

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2011

    I've tried all that to get it unstuck, I think that something has to be jammed up good or broken. When I push on the turn signal(tilt lever also) it is moving a spring loaded rod or whatever -foward but it is not doing anything - steering wheel is rock solid in the up psiition. I'm driving the truck, and the ignition lock and everything works fine it just won't budge from the up position.



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