If your tilt column is loose or does not hold the wheel in one place when it the upright position, it is very annoying. Narrowly avoiding cars in the lot because your steering column just randomly shifted up on you can get very tiresome after awhile. I noticed there was not a thread that mentioned how to do this, so here is how to tighten your tilt steering! You'll need:
- Philips head screwdriver
- 12mm wrench
1. Locate the four screws that hold the top and bottom portions of the column cover together, and remove them, taking note of where they are located. Two of them have washers, and two don't. Just take a picture and set them aside.
2. Once the screws are removed, start with the side closest to the ignition, and worjk your way around, opening it by pressing on the inside out until the clips snap out of their holders. Be careful, and certainly don't rush. If it isn't going, it isn't going.
3. Once the cover is in two pieces, remove the hazard light switch from the top of the cover. Two small screws (be sure they do not fall) and it's out. Set the top portion of the cover aside.
4. Remove the bezel from the ignition; it is just a little plastic piece that slides off when you pull up on the little back tabs. Set it aside
5. Remove the bottom cover by gently sliding it around. It is a little bit of a squeeze and flex to get it out. Once it's out, you can finally get a look at the tilt column assembly.
6. Using your 12mm socket or wrench, remove the bolt that is holding in the lever. It is reverse threaded. Once the bolt and washer are removed, slide the lever off.
7. To tighten up the tilt column, all you need to do is tighten up this spline that the lever slides on. Once it is slightly tight, you can place the lever in a slightly down position, and pull it up so that the system is hand tight. Test and make sure it is tight by turning the wheel back and forth and look for any looseness.
8. Once the tilt is tight, put the 12mm bolt back into its place, and lock it down.
9. Reverse the disassembly process to put together the covers, bottom on first.The bottom cover is a trick to get on, but just take your time, look where it is catching, and adjust to get it on. The clips just snap back into place.
I hope this helps!