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Unread 02-16-2008, 10:14 PM   #1
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Steering wheel

Anyone having problems with worn steering wheels and leather seats cracking.. dealer wont do anything about it thinking of just buying a new steering wheel...

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Unread 02-17-2008, 07:09 AM   #2
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My steering wheel's leather cover went bad after just one year. I think its BS but they said after just 18K miles that it was normal wear and not covered.
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Unread 02-17-2008, 07:30 AM   #3
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i have a wrangler with the vinyl seats be happy yours are just cracking, i am now sitting on metal, also in my 150 that leather steering wheel took 14 years to wear out in only one or 2 spots
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Unread 02-17-2008, 08:32 AM   #4
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why not do something like this, seems it would be cheaper than a new steering wheel...http://www.wheelskins.com/index.php
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Unread 02-18-2008, 04:12 AM   #5
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Thats what I did. My last one (I've used wheelskins on 3 Jeeps) didn't impress me so much. Some of the pigment wore off revealing tiny black spots. The leather is holding up quite well so far. Aside from looking dirty in a few areas the product is great, I'm just kind of a neat freak. They are cheap enough that I dont mind it too much but its an hour to an hour and a half to lace it on properly. If you get one, just be sure to make it so tight that you afraid you'll rip it, but dont rip it If you look closely at the top of the steering wheel you can see some of the black dots I'm talking about.

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Unread 02-18-2008, 06:08 AM   #6
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ahh, that sucks about the quality, I haven't ordered one yet but was thinking about it as a way to "protect" the factory wheel. But I agree those black spots would drive me crazy.
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Unread 02-18-2008, 11:37 PM   #7
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problem is damage is done to my wheel and as for the seat an uhpulstory shop wants 150 to replace a piece of the leather... as for the wheel at almost 500 for a new one and god knows how much to replace it with all the controls and airbag its just not worth it...
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Unread 02-19-2008, 04:01 PM   #8
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according to this site you can get a new wheel for $231...http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...layCatalogid=0
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Unread 02-19-2008, 05:35 PM   #9
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problem is damage is done to my wheel and as for the seat an uhpulstory shop wants 150 to replace a piece of the leather... as for the wheel at almost 500 for a new one and god knows how much to replace it with all the controls and airbag its just not worth it...
Just a heads up, and not that it makes it totally better, but you can just replace the rim. You don't have to replace anything else.

It's a Grand Cherokee problem it seems. The oil from your hands destroys the rim. It's frustrating, and I was hoping that Jeep had corrected the problem on the WK. I guess not. The rim on my Pop's WJ and my WJ were a mess.
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Unread 02-20-2008, 11:38 PM   #10
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Not all the wheelskins have the problem of black dots. I have had two wheelskins covers one grey that was on a previous car and one black that is currently on the WJ. Both look great and both wear very well with no signs of black dots. The black one has been on the WJ for 3 years and still looks new and in great shape. Wheelskins are very good quality and a great value opposed to a whole new steering wheel that is just going to deteriorate and turn nasty again in a year or so. I would call wheelskins and see if they can swap yours out for a new one if the black dots are a problem. I am sure they offer some type of warranty. Also like any leather it needs to be cleaned on a regular basis with soap and water to keep it in good shape. The wheelskins leather is way better then what chrysler is putting on the steering wheels. Good luck
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