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Question Steering wheel wont fully adjust.

Hey guys,

My steering wheel wont move. It will move a little, but not the way it should. What do u think is the problem?

Help, I feel like a bus driver.

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Can you hear the motors engage, or not?
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Yeah the motor will engage, and the wheel will move but only a little. It wont fully adjust to the down postiton.

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well, I guess it could be a number of things... as mentioned in the above post, it might be a motor issue... it could also be a switch issue... or maybe a DPMS (Driver Position Memory System) issue.

hmmm... If it were me I might try testing the switch first... Ithink itis the easiest to get to... it you take the steering column cover off, you should have access to all the tilt/extend/retract motorconnectors... and on the lower cover, the switchthat controls them...

...disconnect the 7P connector and pull the steering column switch out. onthe back of the switch, you should see the 7 contacts in a row...

with the tab up, the contacts are numbered 1 thru 7 from left to right...

with a continuity tester, test for continuity as follows...

tilt switch up -- continuity between 3 and 5
tilt switch down -- continuity between 2 and 3
extend/retract switch retract -- continuity between 3 and 4
extend/retract switch extend -- continuity between 1 and 3
auto switch off -- no continuity between any contacts
auto switch on -- continuity between 6 and 7

if all that tests okay, then move on to the motors...

there are two connectors under the steering column cover for the motors, one 2P connector and one 3P.
the 2P connector is the tilt motor and the 3P is the extend/retract motor...

the center contact on the 3P connector is empty.

test each motor by applying 12V power (+ and -) to the leads in a connector to the motor... doesn't matter which is + and which is -... if the motor runs, then you are good... swap polarity (+ for - and - for +) to get the motor to run the other way...

if the switch and the motors are working, then you can test the position sensor... it's a 4P connector near the motor connectors.

on the male terminals with the tab up, the contacts are numbered 1 thru 4 from left to right...

with a meter, measure resistance as follows...

neutral -- resistance between 1 and 4 is 4-6 kOhms
retract -- resistance between 3 and 4 is 1 kOhms
extend -- resistance between 3 and 4 is 5 kOhms
tilt down -- resistance between 2 and 4 is 1 kOhms
tilt up -- resistance between 2 and 4 is 5 kOhms


if all that is good

then it might be the DPMS... which has a testing procedure, but I don't think I would get into it... I might either bang on it a few times out of frustration and/or just find a used one from a salvage center.


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hmm... if the motors are working, it may be the position sensor...

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I had the same problem and after testing the position sensor and the readings not matching I replaced it. It didn't fix it.

I removed the motor (held on by 4 screws) and the problem was obvious. See picture below. Acura is just asking for a part failure when the marry a plastic and metal gear together. Unfortunately the only part you can buy on the steering column is the sensor and everything else is part of the steering column. A new steering column is about $2000 so I got one from a salvage yard and will have it installed.
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I recently experienced the same problem on my 2000 RL. The steering wheel motion was intermittent. I was fortunate enough to encounter this malfunction with just under 900 miles remaining on my extended warranty. The warranty covered parts/labor to the tune of $2300.

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I installed the steering column last Saturday. Took me 5 hours including my trip to get 2 bolts @ Home Depot to attach the ignition to the column and lunch.

Cost me $68 to replace a sensor that didn't need to be replaced and $190 for the used steering column. $258 is not too bad considering the cost of a new column from the dealer.
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I have the same problem with the tilt and tele-scope in my 1997 RL. The dealership said that I need to replace the column because the motors and sensors are a package. I have located a used column but I don't know the complexities associated with doing it myself (special tools, precautions, or tricks to know). Can anyone advise on the steps or where I can find a step by step remove/replacement for the column? Thanks.
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