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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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Steering wheel lock system prevents my car from start
Ouch - while we appreciate the challenge this failure introduces, we are unable to accommodate this repair at the present time. YourMechanic can offer mobile mechanic service for a Battery Replacement Service to allow starting your "Z", and making it...
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Car would not start until i turned the steering wheel
This sounds like you may have a faulty ignition switch in the steering column. This is a fairly common issue with many cars. Inside your steering column where the ignition switch is housed there are many small moving mechanical parts...
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My steering wheel seems as if it is bent over to the left about an inch or inch and a half
You may have to have the whole steering column replaced including the steering wheel. The reason you will need to do this is your steering may be off quite a bit and it is probably not safe for you to...
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Steering column was replaced because of a recall, but it is not working again!!
There are different recalls that may pertain to this vehicle. There are recalls for steering sensors and shafts. You may want to call another local GM dealer and have them run your VIN number to check for open recalls for...
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recently driving home and went around a corner and my steering became like manual steering..... was out of fluid then replaced ..e
Hello there, you have a few faults going on with your 2003 Mazda Protege5. If there was no power steering fluid in the system than there is a leak somewhere causing the lack of fluid. Putting power steering fluid into...
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Turning of more than 1/2 circle of the steering wheel causes gunk gunk gunk sound
My guess is that the strut mount/bearing is worn or binding. Strut mount/bearing wear can intensify with the installation of a lowering kit. The tie rod connects into the strut assembly, which is turned on the bearing every time you...
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cannot move the steering wheel adjustment lever up or down to adjust hight
Hello. If you cannot move the adjuster then it may be binding internally. I have seen these have small metal burs get caught in the release which keeps you from being able to move the lever. The column covers will...
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My steering has to move freely. What can be the issue? , 2008 Suzuki Swift
Hello - you don't mention a power interruption to the vehicle (such as changing the battery), but it sounds as though the battery may have been disconnected, and the steering angle sensor (part of the EPS system) needs to be...
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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 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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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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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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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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