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STEERING COLUMN

2002 Saturn L200 • 4 cylinder FWD Automatic • 200,000 miles

2002 Saturn L200. The steering column slides back and forth parallel to the dash, overall travel is about 2 inches. How do I fix this? Thank you
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MACAHGUY
January 31, 2011.



Are you sure you don't mean in and out like it's telescoping?Like it's getting longer and shorter?


Saturntech9
Jan 31, 2011.
Thank you for the quick reply. No, it is not telescoping nor is it the tilt. With the tilt **** locked down, the steering wheel and housing move left and right. It appears to be in the dash area because the u-joint at the firewall is not moving when I move the wheel back and forth.


Tiny
MACAHGUY
Jan 31, 2011.
Have you checked to see if the bolt's holding it to the dash are tight?Or if the movement is there?You have a bad column or the bolt's just aren't holding it in place like they should. Let me know what you find.


Saturntech9
Jan 31, 2011.
I haven't checked those bolts yet but that's where I assumed I'd start. Can you suggest a diagram to access these bolts?


Tiny
MACAHGUY
Jan 31, 2011.
Remove the hvac duct and the knee bolster like it show's in the diagram's I posted to gain access to the bolt's.I also posted a diagram to show where the bolt's are.


Saturntech9
Jan 31, 2011.
Thank you very much! I'll let you know how it comes out, should get at it this coming weekend. I appreciate it!


Tiny
MACAHGUY
Jan 31, 2011.
Your welcome that's what were here for let me know what you find.


Saturntech9
Jan 31, 2011.
Thank you again for your help on this. Another bit that helped was removing the upper shroud of the steering column. It allowed a visual of the bolts in question. All tightened up and back on the road.


Tiny
MACAHGUY
Feb 9, 2011.
Your welcome glad to hear it was only some loose bolt's and you got it fixed.


Saturntech9
Feb 9, 2011.