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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.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Steering Rack/Gearbox
Common signs include a very tight steering wheel, leaking power steering fluid, grinding noises when steering, and a burning oil smell.
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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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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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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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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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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The steering wheel is stuck in the locked position.
Hi there. Try turning the steering wheel left and right and turning the ignition key to the 'ON' position. With a good tug, the ignition should turn and the steering wheel will free up. If the steering wheel does not...
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How much to repair an electronic steering lock 2009 c300
You may be right that your car needs a new electronic steering lock (ESL) but there could be other issues as well. There is a digital conversation that takes place among the modules of your car before the decision to...
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Engine won't start and there is no fire to the plugs.
After installing the steering column there may be some electrical wiring not hooked up or pinched. Check all the wiring on the steering column to the ignition system and see if the wires are not hooked up or pinched off....
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When I turn to the right no matter how fast im going i hear and feel a popping noise in the steering column, not the front of car. 2003 Toyota Avalon
Hello - this is a bit unusual, although there is at least one flexible steering coupling in the column that could cause this behavior. And, if your car has the "telescoping steering wheel" option (the steering wheel can be adjusted...
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I lost my key and need to get the steering lock off.
You're halfway there. The headless bolts you see are indeed a security feature. The heads are designed to twist off when the bolts are tightened. Obviously if they just unbolted, it would be far too easy for a car thief...
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How much to replace a steering column? 2010 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Energy
Hello - unfortunately, this is not a service YourMechanic offers at this time. Thanks for thinking of us though!
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The shift gear is loose and wont change in to park
The most common cause of the problem is a broken shift tube in the steering column is not moving the shift cable. You need to have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic remove steering column covers and inspect shift tube...
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Tilt wheel problems.
You cannot alter the steering column to tilt up more. You would have to replace the column with one that has the tilt function.
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Coupling in side of steering wheel
The steering column has a clock spring under the steering wheel and connects the steering wheel controls to the wire harness in the steering column. If it is making noise then you need to have a mechanic like one from...
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Every time I start my car the first time I turn my wheel I hear a pop then no problem no more sound and steering seems to work fine.
Sounds like your have bad strut mounts and a broken spring with the spring popping in and out and then getting reset as the spring pops into place. Check the front springs and see if they are cracked or damaged....

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