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Unread 09-25-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
jclaudii
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steering wheel will NOT come off!

I have drilled and tapped and ripped the threads out of the alluminum part. I have broken bits off on the underside where the pullers usually grip. The pullers I have tried are two prong and a three prong. Today I even tried to heat it up while twisting the puller that I cold get to grip and tapping the puller and the steering wheel to see if it would budge. So far, just a bit more metal making it harder to bite for the puller and a melted clock spring. Any help would be appreciated in how to get this off.

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Unread 09-26-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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Okay...I figured someone would have some advice. If it is "stuck" then perhaps I'll just swap the entire column out. I have a spare column, but I wanted to keep my original column because of the color backing of the steering wheel. It is interchangeable IF I can get the steeringwheel off
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Unread 09-26-2013, 09:16 AM   #3
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Stupid question but did u try a steering wheel puller? I see that u tried a gear puller but the steering wheel puller bolts into the wheel and makes things a bit easier sometimes
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Unread 09-27-2013, 10:21 PM   #4
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Yes, pulled the threads out of my hole. I drilled and tapped the holes for the puller.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 01:42 AM   #5
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For those who don't know, this wheel does not have threaded holes from the factory. You need a two jaw puller in one of two forms:

1st (and easiest) is one with locking jaws that do not move out with pressure applied.
2nd is to get a 2 jaw puller with holes so you can improvise a lock down.

I personally went with a harbor freight, flipped the holes to my liking then put a piece of metal across it and bolted it in place.

Here's an example:
pitman-puller.jpg

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Unread 09-30-2013, 08:16 AM   #6
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I did a quick look and did not see something like that at Harbor Freight, I googled it and came up with a few called posi-lock that had a metal "dome" that went over the puller legs and it was adjustable so you could tighten it down to where it needed. But those were fairly expensive.
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Unread 09-30-2013, 10:38 AM   #7
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Try the two leg from Harbor Freight. You will see a second bolt location. If you take it apart you can move 1 bolt hole below the connection (both sides) then find yourself a metal piece you can attach across it and secure. (I used Ubolt plates). All you need is to be able to keep pressure without the thing slipping off. It should look something like this.
twolegpuller.jpg

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