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Steering Wheel

Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by 88 escort GT, Apr 16, 2020.

  1. 88 escort GT

    88 escort GT FEOA Member

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    The steering wheel in my 88 escort gt feels like it’s loose. I can move the steering wheel up down about a half inch but the rest of the column is seems tight, is there a way to tighten this up? Thanks.
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  2. 88 escort GT

    88 escort GT FEOA Member

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    Any ideas anyone?
  3. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    Is it a tilt column? I know both my EXP's wiggles a little too.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you mean the wheel will move in-n-out relative to the column? That indicates there is a small plastic or or spring steel insert down inside the column mechanism that has come loose. The columns are made to be able to collapse in an accident, and the small amount of 'freedom' to the inside of the column, i.e. the steering shaft, is probably harmless. On two of my five 2nd gen Escorts, I can pull the column up about 3/4". It just pushes back down. Doesnt seem to hurt anything.
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  5. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    Both my EXP's wiggle up and down about 1/2-1" Floor pan to roof. not dash to driver.
    I had a none tilt column in storage that did not do that.
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    1982 EXPert FEOA Member

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    My 8 non-tilt columns don't move more than 3mm up or down
  7. 88 escort GT

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    Hi all. It wiggles up and down from floor to dash. Even with tilt, it seems like there should be a way to get the slack out. By the way thanks for all the comment so far.

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