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Old 09-17-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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adjusting position of the steering column

I'm trying to center the steering column on the hole in the dash, or at least that is one of the things on the list for the near future.

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Is this something I should go at by adjusting something in the steering column, or is it something easier handled by somehow adjusting the dash panels?

I didn't see anything on the first four pages of the search function using "steering column" as a key, so perhaps this question is low hanging fruit from someone who knows off of the top of his or her head.

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Old 09-19-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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The steering column gets that way from using it as a pulling point when getting in. It is adjustable to get it close to centered in the dash opening.

Look up under the dash, where the steering column sits in the saddle, there are 4 bolts, either 14mm or 15mm, cant remember off hand at the moment. Loosen these a few turns, and relocate the column where you want it, then tighten the bolts.

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Old 09-19-2013, 06:51 PM   #3
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Thank you. When the rain stops I'll step outside and check it out.

Your analysis is an eye opener. I always figured it was from when the local shop did some work on straightening things out after it went into a ditch and the fix would be a headache, costly, or both. I'll definitely pay more attention to how I pull myself into the vehicle.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:23 AM   #4
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I didn't know they were adjustable, I have an automatic that when in park, the shifter almost makes contact with the dash. The column needs to be lowered.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:58 AM   #5
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Mine (95 Rio) has an adjusting lever on the side. I guess I'm just lucky,
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:48 PM   #6
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The steering column gets that way from using it as a pulling point when getting in. It is adjustable to get it close to centered in the dash opening.

Look up under the dash, where the steering column sits in the saddle, there are 4 bolts, either 14mm or 15mm, cant remember off hand at the moment. Loosen these a few turns, and relocate the column where you want it, then tighten the bolts.

I finally got around to messing with the steering column this afternoon. After everything was loosened I still couldn't get much to budge. I ended up using a ratchet strap, but still only got it to move half a centimeter. I then got paranoid about breaking something and stopped for now. It just doesn't look like it should take that much force.

I'll have to come back to it sometime when I have more time and fewer nerves. I had been messing with some other stuff and was on the finishing end of drilling out four torx bolts. There comes a time when it just seems like continuing while on a downward path just doesn't seem like a good idea.

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