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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 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.
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.
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.
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 to Buy a Good Quality Steering Column
Your 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 you want it to move....
How Long Does a Steering Column Last?
Your 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 in the steering system. The steering column...
How Long Does a Steering Column Actuator Last?
Modern 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 the ignition in any gear but park. However,...

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Steering wheel shaking
The speed must be taken into consideration, in order to properly diagnose a shaky steering wheel during driving. A shaking or vibrating wheel at low speed may point to a problem with tires, or with bent/broken suspension components. On the...
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Steering wheel shakes when braking
Since you have already replaced the front and rear rotors, I suspect the problem is in the steering or suspension. The first thing that comes to mind is a worn wheel bearing/hub assembly, but other parts of the steering/suspension could...
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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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RPMs idle low
You should make sure that the timing belt and water pump job were done correctly and are not the cause of the other issues you are having. Then the other problems can be checked out if not related. I recommend...
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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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Car oil leak
Hello. The oil can leak from any number of places on this engine. The most common places that this engine leaks oil is from the valve cover gaskets, and from the rear main seal. If it is dripping while the...
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Steering wheel groans/sputters on turns
Hello, thank you for writing in. The previous tech who examined the vehicle may be correct, but it is impossible to verify that without the vehicle in front of us. The steering column can cause these symptoms, but so can...
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I have a 2002 Tahoe. My horn is not working. Is there a video or instruction paper that shows how to open steering wheel cover?
Hi there. To remove the horn button and replace it in the steering column / steering wheel, perform the following steps: (1). Disconnect the battery before removing any electrical wiring on your vehicle. (2). Release the airbag by...
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Car almost stalled, steering wheel locked up, all lights on dashboard came on, pushed gas pedal and nothing happened.
Hi there. When the engine is stalling and sputtering, this is an indication that the fuel system has lost pressure. Check the fuel pump relay and see if it is hot and if its clicking on when the key is...
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05 ram 4x4 Vibration in the floor during acceleration, and a vibration in​ steering at cruising speed that goes away when letting off the gas.
Hi there. This sounds like the tires on the front are out of balance and the ball joints are worn and need replaced. A out of balance wheel will cause the vehicle to vibrate and may change location to the...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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