Steering wheel problem

Tiny
BERNIE DTS
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  • 2004 CADILLAC DTS
  • V8
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 145,000 MILES
2004 DTS, steering wheel power adjustment. The steering wheel will not lower into the lowest position. It wedge against me the other day as I was cleaning the carpet, someone opened the door and it lowered to the set driving position. Now it will only go down part way. What or how do I get it to lower again?
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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 AT 2:39 AM

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Tiny
FACTORYJACK
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When raising and lowering, assuming with the switch and not through memory function, what does the motor do? Does it sound like it is still running, and no motion is occurring, or does the motor stall out? These systems are pretty durable, and I would not think that there is any damage. Also, does the wheel telescope correctly, in and out?
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 AT 4:41 AM
Tiny
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The motor shuts off. It only lowers part way. It will telescope with no problem. When I removed the cover it appears that the screw mechanism has run out of travel. Can this be adjusted? It will raise both with switch and memory to original up most position. Only when coming down with switch or memory it stops short of the lowermost position.
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 AT 10:23 AM
Tiny
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There is no adjustment, but there is a programmable soft stop. Check this out for reference and see if it describes more of what is occurring. Maybe even try the procedure.

Steering Column Control Module Programming
Tilt/Telescoping Soft Stops
After replacement of the steering column tilt/telescoping module, it is necessary to program the tilt/telescoping soft stops. Each soft stop is a programmable end of travel that is set approximately 1.3 cm (0.5 in) from the mechanical end of travel. The steering column has a soft stop set at each end of the tilt up/down movement and at each end of the telescoping in/out movement. The system uses soft stops to prevent wear on the system by ensuring that the steering column movement stops before it reaches its mechanical end of travel in any direction. The soft stops are initially programmed at the factory. The stop positions may be reprogrammed, which is necessary any time the steering column tilt/telescoping module is replaced, as described in the following procedure.

Tilt/Telescoping Soft Stop Programming Procedure
Turn ignition to ON, with the engine OFF.
To set the tilt up soft stop, press the tilt/telescoping COLUMN UP switch at least eight times or until the column moves, then release the switch.
Press the tilt/telescoping COLUMN UP switch and hold the switch until the column travels all the way up, and continue to hold the switch about a second after motion stops at the mechanical end of travel. The soft stop for the column up position is now set. The tilt/telescoping module automatically goes back to the normal mode of operation.
Repeat steps 2 and 3, using the COLUMN DOWN switch, to set the column down position soft stop.
Repeat steps 2 and 3, using the COLUMN IN switch, to set the column in position soft stop.
Repeat steps 2 and 3, using the COLUMN OUT switch, to set the column out position soft stop.
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 AT 6:58 PM

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