The main role of the steering column is to enable the vehicle to turn by linking the steering wheel and the steering rack. These days, a steering column is a multi functioning component housing the indicator stalk, ignition barrel, windscreen a many more.
Over time, steering columns can experience wear and tear. They may feel lose, the lock may cease to function correctly or break. Your steering column may have also been damaged by an attempted theft of the vehicle.
If you are experiencing steering issues, Before you rush out to replace your steering column, it is worth checking your steering rack, tie rod ends or steering pump as the issue my not actually be with the steering column.
If you have checked all these potential factors and your steering column does not function as it should then it is most likely the steering column will need replacing. This can be easily replaced at relatively low cost but it is advisable to use a qualified mechanic.