Q: steering column tilt locking mechanism on 1996 Chrysler Town & Country

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My steering column could not be locked into position after the car had been towed by flatbed for non-related repairs. The repairer told me that the "spring" had come loose, and for $75 the spring was reattached. It was not broken. How could this happen? Do I need to worry about it happening again?
(1) Answer
The only thing that comes to mind is the shift interlock system. There are no other servicable components on the steering column with respect to your concern. All vehicles equipped with automatic transaxles have an interlock system. The system prevents shifting the vehicle out of Park unless the ignition lock cylinder is in the Off, Run or Start position. In addition, the operator cannot rotate the key to the lock position unless the shifter is in the park position.