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 Post subject: cant get steering wheel off..everything undone...just stuck.
Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:03 pm 
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well taking my old steering wheel off and ive undone the airbag bolts..and the centre star one..and yes i know they are a pain in the a** but i got my mates vl one off just by pulling it...this one aint budgin!!! any hints? i have most tools and good knowledge but just cant think of anything to get it off.

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Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:07 pm 
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put the bolt back in 4 or 5 threads and wobble it from side to side and up and down, should come easy enough
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Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:25 pm 
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elf100capri wrote:
put the bolt back in 4 or 5 threads and wobble it from side to side and up and down, should come easy enough


trye that...i guess ill just keep on tryin?

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:29 pm 
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ive probably removed about 50 wheels either at work or outside of work. the wobble side to side trick loosens them up most times or use ur hands or a rubber mallet from behind with the nut on a few turns. but ONE on a VK i had to use a hub puller because it was rusted and it was the wrong boss kit that someone had hammered on then used the nut to pull it on the rest of the way......

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:35 pm 
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thanks for the help. ill give it a crack tomorrow...i have to do it twice..great.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:37 pm 
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dont baby it either, get stuck into it and be firm with hands and itl pop off. almost broken my nose 6 yrs ago swapping my vw steering wheel cos i took the nut the whole way off, never again will i forget that hahaha

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:40 pm 
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p****d'N'broke wrote:
dont baby it either, get stuck into it and be firm with hands and itl pop off. almost broken my nose 6 yrs ago swapping my vw steering wheel cos i took the nut the whole way off, never again will i forget that hahaha



hahaha yeah i kept the nut on couple turns but just wont budge!

my mates vl one came off easier

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:53 pm 
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Geoffy91 wrote:
p****d'N'broke wrote:
dont baby it either, get stuck into it and be firm with hands and itl pop off. almost broken my nose 6 yrs ago swapping my vw steering wheel cos i took the nut the whole way off, never again will i forget that hahaha



hahaha yeah i kept the nut on couple turns but just wont budge!

my mates vl one came off easier


get angry with it for that extra bit of superhuman strength, side to side.
Worse comes to worse put a couple of blocks of wood on the floor so you can get more leverage with your legs, make sure the seat is close
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Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:06 pm 
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also a trick ive seen other do is square up the nut with the end of the thread on the shaft. and give it afew taps with a hammer. breaks up some of the surface tension with abit of the shock from the hammer, worth a try. dont mushroom the shaft though.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:38 pm 
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As a former wheel aligner I have pulled many wheels off.
I have had to use a steering wheel puller on about a 1/3 of ef/el's due to the square shaft.
Be careful using too much force. They are a collapsible shaft and it can be damaged...

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:19 am 
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p****d'N'broke wrote:
also a trick ive seen other do is square up the nut with the end of the thread on the shaft. and give it afew taps with a hammer. breaks up some of the surface tension with abit of the shock from the hammer, worth a try. dont mushroom the shaft though.


I have never taken an EL wheel off but the old Celica's and that had a little hole on the end from where they were machined, you can put a Punch in there and do it that way to avoid damaging the thread.
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Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:39 pm 
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How I did mine (as it was never going back on lol): hammer - use the claws to grab the wheel as you reef the hammer towards you. Took about 3 pulls but it came off, and I could not budge it just by pulling it around. surprisingly it did not damage the wheel lol.

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:36 am 
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thanks guys. i got it off!.

just gave a few taps and pop..

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now i have a nice xr leather steering wheel in my ghia

thanks for all the help!!!!

 

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