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Old 15 June 2009, 13:04   #1
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How the hell do i remove the steering wheel?

Guys,

I need some urgent help please, but how the hell is one to remove a teleflex steering wheel?

Tried levering, hitting and still no joy. Is the woodruff a key play a part in why i cant get the bloody thing off?

CAN ANYONE HELP BEFORE I SMASH THE THING TO PIECES?

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Old 15 June 2009, 14:01   #2
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Remove the centre piece of the steering wheel (may need a screwdriver to pop it off) and the retaining nut is behind it. Remove the nut and it should just pull out. If its stiff try rocking it from side to side while pulling.
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Old 15 June 2009, 14:05   #3
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Remove the centre piece of the steering wheel (may need a screwdriver to pop it off) and the retaining nut is behind it. Remove the nut and it should just pull out. If its stiff try rocking it from side to side while pulling.
Thanks but tried that!

It really is tight just wondering if that woodruff key is preventing it from coming off?

Need to get the thing off tonight if possible. Any other suggestions or advice?


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Old 15 June 2009, 14:06   #4
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hi if you losen the nut but never take it off all the way (so if the wheel comes off it doent hit you in the face ) and then start moving the wheel up and down,try and soak the shaft with wd40,if still no good do the same and get somone to hit the shaft with something that wont damage the nut if none of this works then it will have to be a puller!!
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As waterman has said wiggle hard whilst pulling hard, if this doesnt work try getting someone to apply steady pressure upwards whilst you tap the shaft just be careful not to damage the threads. Give a good spray of wd40 too.

Oh and whilst pulling and rocking and swearing your head off be careful the bloody thing doesnt go all of a sudden and you land on your arse!!!! ( as it did to me)

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Try This

Having removed the nut securing the wheel put it only just back on to protect the top of the steering shaft and it's threads. This prevents damage to the shaft and prevents the wheel from flying off into your face when it breaks free!!!! (Hopefully)

Next apply constant even force to the wheel pulling it off (this may need 2 of you)
Using a soft faced mallet or a hammer and wood (Again to protect the nut and the shaft) hit the nut with a good sharp below whilst maintaining the pulling force on the wheel.

2 or3 blows will usually do it

I have used this method succesfully many times on cars and boats.

If you have some from of pulling device you can use this to apply the pressure, the key to the removal is the impact of hitting the protected shaft to break it free with the wheel under force.

A liberal soaking with WD40 or something similar can also help.



Hope this helps.


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Cheers for all your advice.

Had to concede after trying everything as i think the steering wheel is going to snap before it budges. Will try get a hub puller tomorrow and try again.

Why is nothing ever easy?

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Pouring boiling water over the outer has worked for me
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Cheers for all your advice.

Had to concede after trying everything as i think the steering wheel is going to snap before it budges. Will try get a hub puller tomorrow and try again.

Why is nothing ever easy?

Regards.
Can you give us a pic of the wheel shaft mounting so we can see whats holding it ? (just incase it isnt as obvious as a siezed shaft) in case a remedy might be forthcoming, .. just trying to think of a way of getting it off without removing it from the console, before that becomes inevitable
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(so if the wheel comes off it doent hit you in the face )
After this i use that Works great!

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