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Old 29 September 2013, 11:55   #1
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Cant get steering wheel off

Looks like it's just seized on can anyone offer advice on how to get it off apart from using a puller?
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Old 29 September 2013, 12:06   #2
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Looks like it's just seized on can anyone offer advice on how to get it off apart from using a puller?
Put the nut back on and give the shaft a tap while someone else puts pressure on the wheel...
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Old 29 September 2013, 12:13   #3
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try a 3 prong puller on it , tighten it till it wont move no more then poor a kettle of boiling water over it and hit the puller middle with a hammer
works every time
mind your face when it pops off
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Thanks for advice, should have searched before I made a new thread found lots of good info now. Worried about pulling it out the glass if I use too much force!
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I know you said other than using a puller but it is your best bet. Halfords sell the 3 prong. Leave the nut on loosely so when it does go it doesn't hit you. Other option is lots of wd40 and maybe heat and a mallet but be careful as this can leave stress fractures on the console or worse.
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Leave the nut on the top few threads when you try pulling. You'd not be the first to suffer facial injury when a steering wheel (car or boat) suddenly comes free.
A 3 leg puller may be the only option, the steering wheel on mine needs that every time.
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Use Duck Oil penetrating spray on the thread and leave the nut on loosely. I used a rubber mallet and whacked the steering wheel from behind at regular intervals. Eventually shifted.
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Like Jizm said, worked for me on a really old boat, can be done on your own.
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I had used some anti-seize compound on mine; never again. Removal required lots of penetrating oil, heat, cooling (spray freeze or an inverted keyboard duster can), pounding, then about 24 hours with a puller near the point of breaking. At some random point, I was 30 feet away from the boat and heard a bang; the thing had finally come off.

Current method is to use regular bearing grease, and tighten just enough to keep the nut from falling off. I no longer crank the wheel onto the shaft.

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