you need to remove the steering wheel...then all the directional parts (unscrew the directional arm if it is an older style remove the screw holing in the key cylinder then lstart looking for 4 screws sometimes they ar hex others have torx then tighten them and reassemble in reverse ...if you have air bag be extremely carefull not to deploy it or you will be hurting while sitting there so close working on itanswerI don't think this answer is useful at all, because no specific year or type of vehicle is mentioned let alone type of column. I have owned older fords a 71 F-100 and a 65 t-bird, while their simplicity makes home mechanics easier i don't think their repairs for this problem will help the general public :) . My 1990 Ford Bronco failed its Maryland inspection (very tight $ grubbing state) so along with other items to repair i delved into the sloppy steering wheel (the wheel moved 3/16 th's of an inch when beared down on!). It was a tilt column. After purchasing a Harmonic balancer puller, a 2 in 1 tool purchase, I removed the steering wheel. Know that ford uses fine treads on the steering wheel 5/16 diameter I believe, so i had to tap course threads to pull the wheel, as my harmonic balancer puller kit did not supply fine treaded bolts. I would still insist the home mechanic purchase this tool if engine rebuilds lay in the future long fine course treaded bolts can always be purchased at a hardware store. The root of the problem for me was the bearing. After removing the obvious screws holding the plastic wiring asembly out of the way and disconnecting the ignition wiring so to move the harness beneath the wheel up and out of the way I removed the snap ring that contains the steering wheel bearing. I went to the junk yard a week before searching for a good column to solve the problem, unfortunetly it must be common w/ford tilt wheels. Use a hooked wire or rod to slip the bearing out through the two slots ford provides for removal. Happy hunting and be certain that the best jigsaw puzzle ever created was the automobile :) !
I fixed a 1975 Ford tilt steering column. This was my process. Remove horn button and unscrew big castle nut. Use steering wheel puller and remove steering wheel. Mine had a lock plate to be removed. Push in on this plate as it is spring loaded, and pop out the C-clip. Plate came out with a plastic disc with an electrical contact at the 11 o'clock position. This contact is spring loaded and may come out. Next, I had to unplug wire harness running down steering column near brake pedals (firewall area) to allow enough slack in the harness to pull out turn signal switch. (Also had to take off bracket holding steering column up to remove wire harness retainer.) Now, remove turn signal lever with one Philips screw. Remove 3 Philips screws and pull out turn signal switch and let it hang there. Now, remove ignition lock tumbler. Mine had a vertical slot with a spring loaded catch that is pushed in with a small screwdriver, while at the same time, pushing lock cylinder out from the inside with another screwdriver. (Or you can probably just pull on the outside key turner thing while pushing in through that slot.) Now, remove 3 big Philips head screws holding ignition housing on steering column. Mine had a little plastic dual contact pin partially obstructing right Philips screw. I pulled it out, but if you do, make a note of how the clip that it comes out of is situated. Mine fell out at the next step, so I guessed. Unscrew tilt-lever from column. Now pull off ignition housing. Now, make a note of how the spring for the steering wheel lock pin on left side of column is situated. Mine fell off, and I spent awhile figuring out how to reinstall spring. At this point, you can now access 2 male Torx head looking bolts, although I used a 1/4 inch 6 point socket to tighten. One can remove the right bolt fairly easily to put on lock-tite, but the left bolt is still in there pretty good, accessed through a long hole, so I left well enough alone. These loose bolts were toward the bottom of the steering column, so I am not sure if there are any more hidden Torx heads behind the rest of the stuff there, but tightening those two Torx heads did the trick! Good luck, as it only took me 3 days working on it here and there. (I spent a lot of time analyzing stuff though.) Have fun! (Oh yes, I forgot the last step. Reassemble in reverse order!)
replace the worn parts.
There are 4 bolts at the bottom of the steering column that tend to get loose after entering and exiting your vehicle. Pulling your self up on the steering wheel puts stress the steering column and causes it to become loose. If you do not correct the problem fast by tightening the bolts you will have to replace the entire steering column.. -Henry's locksmith and steering column repair
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You have to replace the entire steering column. It is not loose, the lock is broken on your column height adjuster.
Typically, it'll be the u-joints in the steering column.
Excess play in the steering wheel is one symptom.
Tilt column? If so it will be the tilt knuckle that has came loose the whhel wont fall off but if gets too loose the steering could lock up tho
Loose steering: You notice how steering wheel is very easy to move and feels sloppy. It creates an difficult feeling on the highway because it seems you have no control of your car.POSSIBLE CAUSES: - Steering linkage is worn and parts need to be restored.- Steering linkage may be loose and need to be tightened.- Your steering box needs adjusting.
Most of the time it is the bushing in the top of the column. .Pull the steering wheel off,pull the locking plate for the steering wheel,pull the blinker assembly,then you will come to a stiff spring that preloads the bushing under it.....That bushing,and spring need to be replaced,and you have cured your problem. . . . .
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Some tilt columns may require specialty tools to disassemble and reassemble. I would recommend purchasing a shop manual for that vehicle if you intend on repairing it yourself. You may have broken parts in there that you won't find until you take it apart, plus depending what year you have , you may have an air bag to deal with.
The column has to be diassembled, there are 3 torque screws that come loose and also there is a bering that wears
What kind of 'rattle' are you trying to describe? Is it simply 'annoying?' Does the wheel itself feel 'loose?' It could be something as simple as a loose wire that runs inside the column up to loose steering linkage. If you have any doubts as to the seriousness, get it to a shop ASAP!
I have a stering colum that is loose and feels like it will fall in my lap.What is going on and how do I fix it?
You have to remove the steering wheel ,lockplate, turn signal assembly and you will get to four bolts that are loose. Go to your local auto patrs store and tell them you need the special tool (lockplate removal tool and steering wheel puller)for GM steering colums.
It depends on if it is the column itself, or the steering wheel. The wheel is held on with a bolt, I doubt it loosened, unless it was recently worked on. The column mounts can be loose or damaged( due to an accident). They can be tightened or replaced. With the problem is inside the column, it is needs replacing, with new or 1 from a scrap yard.
By loose, I assume you mean that the entire steering column is loose. That requires you to remove the steering wheel (wheel puller required) and also digging through several layers of electrical components: first layer is the turn signal. second layer is the ignition. third layer is the high beam. After the third layer, you should see 4 torx bit screws that secure the steering column. Tighten those torx bit screws and the column will no longer move up and down. If you mean the steering wheel is loose, as in there is a lot of play in the turning, then you need to adjust the rack and pinion in the engine bay.
Disconnect steering rack from base of column Remove the under dash trim below the column Disconnect wiring, but you may find some of the connectors easier to get at once to column is loose Undo the the bolts holding the column to the dash and fire wall Wiggle and pull gently watching for wire etc to get hung up.
The bolt is loose. Tighten it up. It's under the horn cover. Loose column, worn linkage, etc.
I don't have the answer,,,my Stratus 2001 just started doing the same thing, only it's more like a popping/cracking sound when steering wheel turned to the far right or left. Took it to repair shop after work today; mechanic drove it and reported that it sounds to him like a spring or bolt is either coming loose inside the column or already has. I have an appt to bring it in to disassemble the steering column this weekend to find the solution to the problem.
There is a large nut in the center of the wheel under the boss cover, tighten it to the manufacturers specification. If, however, the steering is wandering this could indicate a loose steering/suspension joint or problems in the rack or steering column which must be checked out and repaired before the vehicle is used further.
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I am not sure this is the trouble, if you remove the cover on the steering wheel there will be a large nut if this nut is tight the splines on the wheel could be bad, might be looking at replacing the column, or the steering wheel. I the nut is loose simple tighten and replace cover.