car repairs


Question by  LDAV45 (24)

In order to fix the steering wheel tilt in my Mazda, do I have to replace the motor that moves the wheel?

Any additional troubleshooting ideas are appreciated.


Answer by  Allstar (2071)

Maybe. First I would test the fuse and the switch. If they're okay, I would then check the mechanism, and then the motor.


Answer by  James916 (539)

You would only have to replace the motor if the motor is bad. In otherwords if it will not come on and tilt the steering wheel. Otherwise you might just have to replace the gears inside. It just depends on if the motor is actually broken or just the mechanical part of the tilt steering wheel.


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

Unless it has power tilt then you won't need to replace it. Usually all the tilt mechanism is just a pivot and a catch mechanism with a manual release so you can move it up and down. So the motor shouldn't have anything to do with it.



You must see a mechanic and if he says you need to replace the motor ,you should. Do not do anything by yourself, consult a good mechanic after all it is a Mazda. Normally you do not need to change the motor, but a Mazda has a complex system that may require expert and different treatment.


Answer by  iantm (127)

Check the fuse that controls the circuit the tilt system is on. If the fuse is ok, check for voltage at the power leads to the motor. You will need to try to operate the feature to get an accurate reading. If voltage is good - replace the motor.


Answer by  DackThrombosis (1093)

You shouldn't even worry about the motor until you check the fuse for the steering wheel tilt. I suspect that a burned out fuse is your problem.

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