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chad posted 02-25-2001 10:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for chad   Send Email to chad  
I am rewiring my console and can not figure out how to remove my steering wheel to gain better access to the two panels. I'm sure this should be an easy process. Thanks in advance for 'yalls help.
Dick posted 02-25-2001 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Pop out the center cap and remove the retaining nut. The wheel will then pull off, probably only with a wheel puller wich you can rent at most tool rental places.
Dick
SuburbanBoy posted 02-26-2001 12:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
Is the center cap still available? Mine is beyond restoration.
jimh posted 02-26-2001 12:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Most steering wheels fit on a tapered shank with a keyway. You can sometimes get them loose (after removing the retaining nut) by giving them a whack with a hammer (not too hard).

If you are a tool user, get a wheel/gear puller. Sears CRAFTSMAN has them for about $15 if you can't find a friend's to borrow.

kingfish posted 02-26-2001 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Further to jimh's post: Short of buying the proper wheel puller as has been suggested (that is the *best* way to pull the steering wheel), I find tapping the end of the tapered shaft works fine, especially if a second person is holding some tension on the wheel itself (trying to pull it off) while I tap. What I want to add is, *don't* remove the nut when you do it - loosen the nut and turn it out so it is flush with the end of the tapered shaft and do your tapping. This removes the possibility of a stray hammer stroke dinging up the raw threads on the shaft and presents a larger surface to aim at. When the wheel pops loose, *then* remove the nut the rest of the way and pull the wheel.
andygere posted 02-26-2001 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
In addition to suggestions mentioned above, trickle some penetrating oil down the shaft and keyway, and give it some time to do it's thing (overnight if possible). This has made the difference for me more than once.

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