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Old 11-27-08, 02:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a salvage 2002 RL recently and have been fixing up all the minor problems. One problem I have is adjusting the steering wheel height. The switch (on the left side) still works on the forward/back direction, but doesn't move the steering column up/down anymore. I went to the dealership to buy the replacement switch (easy plug and play), but it still doesn't work.

Any clues as to how serious this problem is?

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Old 12-04-08, 11:23 AM   #2
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There is a tilt motor and an extend-retract motor. I'd say your tilt motor is bust or gone.

Remove the steering column cover. In the picture I have both motors are on the right side. Extend-Retract motor is closer to the driver. Tilt motor is closer to your feet. Good luck.
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Old 12-05-08, 05:50 PM   #3
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There is a tilt motor and an extend-retract motor. I'd say your tilt motor is bust or gone.

Remove the steering column cover. In the picture I have both motors are on the right side. Extend-Retract motor is closer to the driver. Tilt motor is closer to your feet. Good luck.
Thx for the info amigo but how do you test it ? and what picture sorry for being such a noob
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Old 12-05-08, 06:39 PM   #4
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Tilt Motor is the 3 prong connector, get a small current of +/- and connect + to one prong, - to the other prong, if it doesn't move reverse the connection, if it still doesn't move replace the motor.

Essentially, remove the motor and give it juice to see if it moves, if it does there's a wiring problem, if it doesn't, buy a new motor.

The picture I was looking at was the one from the repair manual, others have posted where to find it, I suggest you dl it.
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Tilt Motor is the 3 prong connector, get a small current of +/- and connect + to one prong, - to the other prong, if it doesn't move reverse the connection, if it still doesn't move replace the motor.

Essentially, remove the motor and give it juice to see if it moves, if it does there's a wiring problem, if it doesn't, buy a new motor.

The picture I was looking at was the one from the repair manual, others have posted where to find it, I suggest you dl it.
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Thanks Budreau68, I will test the tilt motor. Cheers!
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I have the same problem. I think one of my motors are dead and the other has a broken plastic gear thing. i need to take it out and get a pic of it. I've been driving with the steering column case and the lower cover off. my gf says it looks like a transformer
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