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Chip posted 03-29-2002 11:16 AM ET (US)   Profile for Chip   Send Email to Chip  
Does anyone know how to remove this kind of wheel from a '72 Katema? Thanks for any help!
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whalerron posted 03-29-2002 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Yup. There is a thin snapring in the steering wheel hub and it holds that chrome center piece in place. If you pry out the snap ring, you will be able to remove the center chrome cover and that will give you access to the nut which holds the steering wheel in place.

- ron

Chip posted 03-29-2002 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chip  Send Email to Chip     
Thanks Ron. I saw the snap ring but figured I'd ask before I started. Anything esle I should know about? I'm going to change my steering with NFB, but I want to save the cool seventies looking wheel.
whalerron posted 03-29-2002 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
There is most likely gonna be some corrosion around the outside edge of the hub and you might need some wd40 to break it loose. Theoretically, with the snap ring out of the way, the centerpiece should come out easily. Don't forget that the wheel hub is pulled down onto a tapered shaft. It is probably going to fight you when you try to remove it. Sometimes they come right off and sometimes you gotta coax them.

Chip posted 04-01-2002 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chip  Send Email to Chip     
Whoa!! A little tap with a hammer and it practically popped off! Lucky break! Thanks Ron
whalerron posted 04-02-2002 12:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
You were lucky. When the original plastic wheel on my boat broke, I had one heck of a time removing it. I trying tapping, banging and finally slamming the shaft with a maul to no avail. (I used a piece of oak between the hammers and the shaft end). I finally cut the wheel off and removed all of the plastic that was around the steel hub. I tried heating the hub and it wouldn't budge. So, I ended up cutting most of the way through the hub with a hacksaw and then I used a cold chisel to spread open the cut slightly. Then it came off....

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