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Old 03-05-2021, 08:06 PM   #1
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04 Thomas/Freightliner FS65 tilt wheel loose

Before I tear my steering column apart, I was hoping someone has encountered this -- my 04 FS65 tilt wheel is somewhat loose. There is some movement in the wheel up and down, or towards the dash and towards my lap. its not excessive, but I notice it from time to time when driving.

I'm not familiar with the Freightliner tilt/telescoping wheel, but hoping someone is and knows if there is an adjustment I can get to if I disassemble the column trim and poke around? It would almost seem there be an adjustment somewhere to "tighten" it up or a part that could be replaced to get rid of the loose feeling. All help is appreciated!

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Old 03-07-2021, 11:26 PM   #2
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It appears there is whats called a "tilt lock mechanism" that is held in with a allen bolt + nut, and a roll pin. It is removable from the column. The tilt/telescoping assembly is manufactured by TRW from what I can tell, but thats as far as I got. If I tilt the wheel all the way up, the play is gone. I didn't bother trying to remove the mechanism to see if it could be modified to remove the play as I actually prefer the wheel all the way up anyways. I just had to make some modifications to make that "doable". Maybe I'll contact TRW and see if this item is still available. They have instructions for replacing it so I'm assuming it was an issue.
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