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1960 Oldsmobile Forum • View topic - Need some help getting the steering wheel off

Need some help getting the steering wheel off

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Need some help getting the steering wheel off

Postby greg pettit on Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:35 am

Guys, I need your help. I need to get the wheel off, but it looks like the chrome insert and horn switches need to come off the wheel before I can get to the retaining nut.

I can't get that chrome piece off. I removed the two screws on the wheel spokes, and still no go.

Any tips on getting this thing off without breaking it?

Thanks,

Greg
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Re: Need some help getting the steering wheel off

Postby toolbox on Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:27 pm

greg pettit wrote:Guys, I need your help. I need to get the wheel off, but it looks like the chrome insert and horn switches need to come off the wheel before I can get to the retaining nut.

I can't get that chrome piece off. I removed the two screws on the wheel spokes, and still no go.

Any tips on getting this thing off without breaking it?

Thanks,

Greg


It's actually a lot easier than it looks. The only thing you need to remove is the center cap...the chrome "V" with the horn buttons can't be removed with the wheel still installed. Just grab the center cap and pull it straight out, and it'll pop out. It's retained by a couple of metal spring clips. If you cant' grab it hard enough with your fingers, you might take a welding clamp or something and put a couple rubber pads on it...squeeze and pull.
Then just disconnect the horn wire, remove the nut and remove the steering wheel. Any standard steering wheel puller will work...there are the usual two threaded holes in the wheel.

If you want any tips on restoring your wheel, just let me know...I've spent a lot of hours working on mine.
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Postby greg pettit on Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:17 pm

Thanks, Scott, that is just the info I was looking for.

I was really getting nervous pulling on the emblem and stopped out of fear of breaking it.

We are going to try to repair some of the cracking on the wheel, and make it black in color. I have no idea how to do that, but you gotta start somewhere!

I'd be happy to hear any tips on getting the wheel back in presentable condition.

Thanks again,

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Postby toolbox on Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:24 pm

I actually did mine twice :roll: . I'll make a post about it. Eventually I'm going to make a tech article for the web page about it.
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Postby greg pettit on Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:05 am

We got the wheel off easily, thanks to the helpful tip on the emblem removal.

Thanks!

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