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Alignment shop broke tilt column, need help

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No sooner than posting here for the first time a few weeks ago, I'm having an issue. I Recently installed 5100s, and took my truck in for an alignment. All went well until the tech comes out and tells me a part fell on his foot while driving it, and the column will no longer lock. Went to Toyota and said the column is not warranted under the certified Toyota plan at 58000 miles, so that is Out. Any idea what this part is?
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Pics of the part???
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That took force to break that. It wouldn't be from the alignment. This may have took time to do also.

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To be honest, I never adjust the column. Apparently the guy was turning the wheel from outside the truck, without it on with a downward force. My best guess is it came from the long horizontal bolt that the lever is attached to.

The dealer parts guy has no idea what to order....
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I wonder if you can even order that part by itself.... the column is probably a two or three part item (being that each part consists of several parts bundled as a package)

I just checked toyota's website and I could not see that exact part but there were a couple of assemblies that it could be a part of.
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I wonder if you can even order that part by itself.... the column is probably a two or three part item (being that each part consists of several parts bundled as a package)

I just checked toyota's website and I could not see that exact part but there were a couple of assemblies that it could be a part of.
That's the problem I'm running in to. Toyota parts department didn't have any idea what part to order, and it would be a no-return item..


I'm thinking #3? $350+shipping

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I think I found it. Anyone else think this is the same part as above?

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i can tell you how it happened...

when you get an alignment, they have to rotate side to side and back to center, most likely the guy just pushed really hard or reached in and cranked the wheel and thats what fails.

same thing happens when a vehicle is towed and they rely on the lock to hold it instead of wrapping seat belt around the wheel.

i would go back to the alignment shop, tell them that dealer said they broke it and they should fix it cuz its not covered.


that sucks.


wait, is this the part that locks the wheel up and down motion or the part that locks it from moving/steering when you remove the key?

if its the tilt lock, then the only way to break that thing is to try to lift yourself 4 ft up into the truck when its on a rack by the steering wheel.


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i can tell you how it happened...

when you get an alignment, they have to rotate side to side and back to center, most likely the guy just pushed really hard or reached in and cranked the wheel and thats what fails.

same thing happens when a vehicle is towed and they rely on the lock to hold it instead of wrapping seat belt around the wheel.

i would go back to the alignment shop, tell them that dealer said they broke it and they should fix it cuz its not covered.


that sucks.


wait, is this the part that locks the wheel up and down motion or the part that locks it from moving/steering when you remove the key?

if its the tilt lock, then the only way to break that thing is to try to lift yourself 4 ft up into the truck when its on a rack by the steering wheel.
I couldn't agree more. It's the part that locks the up and down motion of the steering wheel, which makes it really fun to drive.
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Bailing wire?
I'll buy a new column over that.

Talked to the shop, and I'm going to bring it down monday. I'm hoping that since it is on an individual bolt, that we can either buy one from a bone yard or whatnot. I'll keep you posted.
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Adjust it to where you like it then have it tack welded. $50 tops.

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I think I found it. Anyone else think this is the same part as above?

That looks just like the part.

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Probably happened when the mechanic did a Caster sweep during the align.

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