steering column

the shaft that connects the steering wheel to the steering gear assembly of an automotive vehicle.

1900–05 Unabridged
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steering column
(in a motor vehicle) the shaft on which a steering wheel is mounted and by which it is connected with the steering gear

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Example sentences
Unless you draw a line along the steering column and down the forks, at a slant
  to the ground.
Once that's done, the driver simply presses a button on the dash to the right
  of the steering column to start or stop the engine.
The gearshift was moved from the steering column to a floor console.
The steering column was significantly damaged and the ignition was hanging down
  below the steering column.
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