Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I adjust the steering wheel of a 2012 Toyota RAV4?

asked by on

How do I adjust the steering wheel?

A: It’s important that you have the right posi...

It’s important that you have the right position and the right grip on the steering wheel at all times. Because drivers are different heights and have longer or shorter reaches, your vehicle is equipped with an adjustable steering wheel. It can be adjusted up or down, but it can also telescope in or out. Here’s how to adjust it:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is in park.

  2. Locate the lock lever on the bottom of the steering column.

  3. Pull it down.

  4. Adjust the steering wheel as follows:

  • Pull it up to raise it.

  • Push it down to lower it.

  • Pull it out to bring it closer to you.

  • Push it in to move it away from you.

  1. When you have the steering wheel positioned correctly, lock it back in place by moving the lock lever up.

  2. Make sure the steering wheel is locked before driving.

Tips

  • Keep at least 10 inches between the center of your chest and the air bag in the steering wheel to prevent potential injuries

  • Never adjust the steering wheel while driving as you can lose control of the car.

  • Always make sure the steering wheel is locked or you could lose control of the vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Engine smoked and had unpleasant odor

Many different things can cause a bang noise and smoke to come from the engine. The most likely issue would be an oil leak, low oil level, engine mechanical issue, or a faulty water pump. The Check Engine Light will...

Q: I have no idea what's wrong with my car

Hi there. From the description you have provided, there are many possibilities for your vehicle's drivability problems. It could be a fuel delivery problem, such as a faulty fuel pump not having the correct fuel pressure or no rest pressure....

Q: Noise while turning

Hi there. A noise when turning can come from a number of different things. If it is a loud clicking noise then it may be a bad CV axle. If the noise is more of a rumble or vibration then...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...