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27-Year-Old Tilt Steering is Garbage

The tilt mechanism in my truck has become quite sloppy. Almost scary. Curious if there is a fix, aside from finding a donor column, like drilling out for some bushings or aftermarket replacement parts. Or should I Just swap for a non-tilt column? Thanks.


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Chances are it's the four Allen head screws that have worked their way loose. Remove the steering wheel and you will see them.

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Chances are it's the four Allen head screws that have worked their way loose. Remove the steering wheel and you will see them.
I haven't been too far into the steering column, just far enough to replace a bad wiper switch. There were no loose screws, bolts or fasteners of any kind. The slop seems to be around whatever hinge allows the wheel to tilt. Are these allen screws that far down?

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Once you have the wheel off, move tilt up/down. You should see the slop if that is indeed the issue

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Re: 27-Year-Old Tilt Steering is Garbage

The tilt bolts are buried kind of deep in the column. But my 89 S15 Jimmy had the same issue. The fix is to remove the torx bolts you can get at and add locktite and re-install them. This is a common issue with GM Tilt Steering Columns. I paid a local shop $100 to fix mine about 5 years ago and still holding strong.
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It's been a long time since I've done that and the memory was a tad rusty.

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Thanks fellas. That is exactly the wobble I have. I'll get some loctite and fix it as soon as I have a few spare minutes.
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Re: 27-Year-Old Tilt Steering is Garbage

I did this fix in my 91 DD about 20 years ago shortly after I bought it. I didn't use loc-tite, I just torqued the crap out of them. 20 years, 220K miles, they're still tight.
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