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How Long Does a Steering Column Last?
Your car’s steering wheel is the key to maneuvering on the road, into parking spaces and more. However, it doesn’t do its job alone. In fact, it’s only one part of many...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Steering Column
Common signs include steering tilt not locking, clicking or grinding sounds while turning, and the steering wheel operating roughly.
How Long Does a Steering Column Actuator Last?
Modern cars use electronic systems to ensure that the steering wheel locks in place when the key is out of the ignition, and to prevent the key from coming out of...
How to Buy a Good Quality Steering Column
Your steering column is part of the overall steering system, and while it may not look like much, it is critical to keeping your car on the road and moving in the direction that...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Steering Column Actuator
Common signs include difficulty starting the car, being able to take the key out of the ignition anytime, and an overheating ignition switch.
How to Install a Steering Column
A steering column fails if it makes a clicking sound, it seems loose or rough when operating, or the steering tilt does not lock.
How to Replace a Steering Column Actuator
The steering system has a steering column actuator that fails if there is trouble starting the car or the key has no resistance when turned.

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Key turns freely in the ignition but won't start the vehicle. Accessory power remains on unless the battery is disconnected.
The ignition switch or linkage to the switch is broken. The ignition switch needs to have the small linkage from the back side of the key lock cylinder to turn the switch to start and run the vehicle. Have the...
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Steering wheel is locked up and key won't turn.
Hi there. Try turning the steering wheel back and forth while trying to turn the key in the ignition. There is a steering wheel lock inside the steering column that could be bent or broken if the ignition switch will...
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Car turns over but shuts off after I release key
Hey there. This type of problem may need a little deeper and up close diagnostic to find the solution. If you saw smoke, there was something burning so there may be components along that circuit that may have failed. If...
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There's no lever to adjust the steering. I've looked everywhere underneath steering column
Hey there, thanks for writing in. This means you have a fixed column and it is not adjustable. Not all of these vehicles came equipped with tilt or adjustable columns. You may want to double check the owner's manual to...
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The steering shaft (I believe it's the intermediate shaft) disengaged from the steering column.
Freely turning the steering wheel past the normal extent (travel limits), while the shaft is disconnected from the splined yoke will damage the "clock spring" in the steering column that the air bag relies on to fire. That assembly should...
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I can't find a lever on the steering wheel to lower it
Not all vehicles are equipped with a tilt or lowering steering wheel. If the vehicle is equipped with a steering column that has a tilt function you will see a lever on the center bottom of the column behind the...
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Is it illegal to remove the stock steering wheel for an aftermarket one in Illinois?
Since this involves something that is a matter of a safety, we are not allowed to definitively comment on whether or not this would be illegal. You will need to check with your state's transportation safety department with regard to...
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steering column shaft is hitting the wall to the left and right when turning.
Hi there. Check the locking pin to the steering column shaft and make sure that it is locking to the input shaft to the rack and pinion gear set. If the lock is engaged and the shaft is coming off...
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Steering shaft problem - 1996 Chevrolet K1500
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Either you have gotten a steering column for a different year or model of Chevrolet truck, or the steering column was modified for another vehicle. You can change the shaft to match the vehicle...
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Loose steering wheel
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having one of several issues. Typically the steering wheel is not the issue when the steering becomes loose. Now if the entire steering column is loose, you can worry about...
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Steering lock issue - how easy to fix, does the key have to be reprogrammed? YouTube shows easy fix. Dealer to charge me $1,200
Hello. If it has been confirmed that the steering lock unit has malfunctioned then the proper repair would be to replace it, or have it replaced. If you only wish to disable the steering lock function then there are methods...
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My Jeep started fine. I adjusted the tilt steering. The airbag light came on but it continued to run fine. Shut Jeep off and would not start again
The air bag light comes on when the computer detects an issue with the vehicle's air bag safety system. This can have many potential causes, including a faulty sensor, wiring, air bag unit, computer, among other things. If you were...
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Steering wheel locks and hard to maneuver my vehicle off the road.
Hi there. The steering wheel lock solenoid could have lost power intermittently causing the lock to engage when the key is in the ignition switch. The solenoid could be damaged and needs replaced in the steering column. I recommend seeking...
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security wiring is different with another steering column that I installed.
Hi there. If you still have the other steering column, then you will have to remove the security chip and wiring set from it and install it into the steering column that you have. What is happening is the security...
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Put the key in the ignition and the car will turn on, but the steering wheel will not turn...Locked in position.
It sounds as though the locking pawl is jammed in position. Sometimes that can happen if there is a side force on the steering when the lock is engaged. If the car is parked against a curb, or if the...
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Is my repair strategy is good?
The steering torque sensor is Ford part number CL8Z-3F818-A and it was used from model year 2008 to 2012. The best strategy is to buy a brand new sensor from Ford and install it in your existing column. Ford's recommendation...
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car pulls to right after being hit hard on left tire and slight dent on wheel well.
There was probably at least some damage to your tie rods. These are the connections between the steering rack and the wheel. If one is bent or fatigued, it could even be dangerous to drive the car. There are some...
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My horn would not stop blowing after it was punched at the steering wheel. I don't know what the problem is
If you punched the steering wheel where the contacts are for the horn you may have damaged the horn contacts. The contacts are built into the air bag assembly in the vehicle. The contacts are two pieces of metal separated...
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Steering Column locked tight
My first instinct would be to suspect the shift interlock system. This system should only lock the wheel when the key is off. It does use a relay, actuator and signals from the PCM (powertrain control module) and the shift...
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Can I swap steering columns? 1996 FORD Ranger
Hello - Probably not. The model was redesigned for 1993, and it's likely the steering column changed at that point. I would check with local recycle companies, and Ford Ranger internet forums for advice from others who may have faced...

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