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Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

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mickeytwonames
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Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

Post by mickeytwonames » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:59 pm

Does anyone have a 'fix' for how to stop the steering wheel adjustment slipping - regardless of how tight I make the clip the wheel slowly slips down the column while I'm driving - All very disconcerting for passengers as I pull it back up.
Many thanks of anyone knows a workaround'
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Re: Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

Post by Petelang » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:33 pm

This was covered in an episode of Wheeler Dealers on a Jaguar XJC. You can probably catch it on Internet but it was towards end of the show. It was down to a worn piece on the collar of the column that the mechanism pinches up to and they got a replacement for about £20 from one of the classic jag dealers.
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Re: Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

Post by migray » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:02 am

I think the Consort's wheel adjustment is more like the Conquest's with an over centre cam on a little chrome lever. I haven't completely solved the issue on my Conquest but it was improved by degreasing the area where the clamping occurs. There is a collet which is clamped around the column and the gaps in this can get debris in which stops it closing up firmly - cleaning out the grooves could help.
The cam action on the chrome lever also gets worn so it may be possible to build that up with a bit of weld?
I've not seen a replacement collet for sale for these cars (unlike the XJ-C) but you never know.

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Re: Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

Post by mickeytwonames » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:33 am

Thanks for that - I'll try the degrease and clean out

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Re: Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

Post by Stan Thomas » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:07 am

Check the two sides of the gap in the hub are not butting together, and you can obtain a little more "pinch" by running a hacksaw down the gap in the hub (use two blades in the hacksaw if necessary), then slightly enlarging the hole in the hub where the clamp screw passes through to allow for alignment.

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Re: Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

Post by HenryC » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:57 pm

Hi,

One problem is that the cam on the overcentre lever gets worn - its a soft metal.

I have replaced the whole thing with a bolt and nut - not original but it stops the steering wheel slipping. I've kept the catch for when i think how to repair it.
Cheers, Henry

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Re: Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

Post by grahamemmett » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:24 am

I just belted mine closed with a hammer. Not slipped since ;)
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Re: Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

Post by Fossil » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:56 am

I used Graham's method, with a nylon faced hammer so as not to damage anything else too much. I did this only after the short circuit of the horn wiring caused by frequent rubbing of the stator tube wiring loom as the steering wheel moved in and out, so good idea to do it before that happens. The car was immobilised by the blown fuse at a very inconvenient time. All wiring now replaced and steering wheel fixed in position.

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Re: Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

Post by mickeytwonames » Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:04 pm

Thanks Guys I will try the Belt it and Braces approach

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Re: Adjustable Steering Column Slippage

Post by mickeytwonames » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:35 pm

All fixed now - Cheers

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