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Old 05-25-2018, 12:37 PM   #141
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When you can take both halves of the bracket off of the column take a file and remove a couple strokes of metal of the left hand part, both legs. That will cause the clamp to fit the column tight enough so it will not come loose again.
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When you can take both halves of the bracket off of the column take a file and remove a couple strokes of metal of the left hand part, both legs. That will cause the clamp to fit the column tight enough so it will not come loose again.
actually I was going to just replace the clamp seeing it is still available, but it never loosened again by the time I traded in the car.
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:00 PM   #143
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Just a guess, but I'll bet the techs at the dealership buggered something up during the previous times they "fixed" it.

I'd read the whole thread earlier, and the folks who fixed it themselves before anyone else touched it don't seem to ever had a problem with it loosening up again.

My '98 SL2 never developed this problem. My '02 SC2 had the looseness when I bought the car but only recently developed a hard time with turning the key
I fixed it myself, but couldn't keep it tight in the long haul. I did notice that the clamp bottomed out & I could only get it so tight maybe that was the problem....
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It is a manufacturing tolerance issue, minimum column diameter and maximum clamp full closed diameter. Probably a small slide rule error.
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This is not new information but for visual reference these are the recommended black oxide bolts with thread locker to switch to - it doesn't necessarily need to be from this manufacturer but spec'd the same. You can use low profile as well but it is not necessary.

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