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Does your car have a tilt steering column?
The problem is common and is due to the bolts that hold the tilt mechanism loosening up. It can be fixed in a couple hours time with some basic tools. The steel plate you are looking at under the wheel is the steering lock plate. It takes a special tool to depress the plate so the lock ring at the center can be removed. Your local auto parts store will have this tool, most will loan it out as part of their tool loaner program. Click on the link below for a comprehensive view of the repair procedure as well as the tools used to complete the job. This one shows an El Camino, but all GM tilt columns are basically the same.
Tilt Column Repair
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