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JWK posted 06-05-2002 01:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for JWK   Send Email to JWK  
any suggestions on how to get a steering wheel of the taperd shaft without the use of a gear puller? I have the 5 spoke destroyer wheel on a cable system and am switching over to hydraulic. Thank for your help!


kingfish posted 06-05-2002 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
This will probably draw fire; at least it did last time...

Turn the nut on the shaft out so it is about flush with the end of the shaft, WD40 real well, let sit for a few hours, then carefully tap the end of the shaft while someone else (unless you have three arms) puts a steady pressure on the wheel, to pull it from the shaft. Once you get the feel for it, you can tap pretty hard without damaging anything as long as you hit the end of the shaft square. The nut is turned out about flush to give your eye a bigger target and to protect the threads if you do slip.

At some point, the wheel will come loose suddenly and of course the nut will keep it and the designated puller from going *ss over teacup, but be ready for it to come loose all at once, not gradually.

I've done this successfully *many* times.


Arch Autenreith posted 06-05-2002 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
I must have done it 1000x so far as I'm always fiddling with the electrical stuff. I do exaclty as Kingfish. Only difference is that I wedge my right knee under one side and pull with my left hand while tapping with my free hand.
Arch Autenreith posted 06-05-2002 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
I forgot. There's no reason to tighten the beejesus out of it when you put it back on. Just snug it lightly.
JimU posted 06-05-2002 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Ditto all above. I've found that Break free CLP is much better that wd 40. It does not attract water and gum up like wd 40. Only problem is that a large can same size as wd 40 is about 10 bucks. You can get it at sporting good store wher they sell fire arms and gun cleaning equuipment.. PS. use a hardwood block on the shaft before you start tapping on it or if the shaft is long enough put another nut on it to absorb some of the shock. Put some grase on th shaft and key before you reinstall the wheel and nut.It's a piece of Cake. JIM
Taylor posted 06-05-2002 05:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
In my case someone must have heard Arch's advice, all I had to do is back of the nut and rock the wheel a little. I was pleasantly surprised, but I was also prepared to follow kingfish's process.
JWK posted 06-05-2002 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for JWK  Send Email to JWK     
Thanks Guys!

Started out with a little WD-40 and a hammer. Then tried more WD-40 and a bigger hammer. Seemed to take quite a bit more convincing than your wheels, but it probably hadn't been off in 20 years. I've only had her 3 years. Mounted the cylinder and threaded the hydraulic lines. Now must wait for rear mounted helm as standard helm from kit is mounted on front of console and leaves no room for my belly.


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