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Telescoping steering wheel not working

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Hello all, new member here with a question about my recently acquired '87 560 SEL. It's a really clean, unmolested 55k mile car, but the telescoping wheel doesn't seem to work. I've tried operating it per the owners manual (door open and ignition key off, door closed and key in position I or II), as well as just about every other combination of key and door position, but it just does not work.

All other electric accessories work (power seats front/rear, power headrests, power windows, power sunroof, heated seats front/rear), except the clock. I've checked the fuses; they all look fine.

Any ideas on what I should check next?
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Thanks for the info. No, I don't hear any sound from the steering column. That issue from the W124 forum might be it, as my wheel also seems to be stuck in the fully extended position....will check that out tomorrow.
Ok, I've pulled the telescoping wheel switch from the column, taken the switch apart, cleaned the contacts, but still does not work.

I do hear a "click" when pressing the switch in the "out" position, farther out from the dash, but no sound when pressing the switch in the "in" position. The wheel appears to be stuck at or near the fully extended position.

Any ideas on what to try next?



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