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Unread 03-10-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
backwoods_cj8
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Need help! How do i get this off!

I've got a 84 cj8. The keys broke off in ignition. I rented steering wheel and lock plate kit from a local parts store. Steering wheels off but this dude does not want to move. Need some help. Thx guys.

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Unread 03-10-2013, 02:35 PM   #2
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I've got a 84 cj8. The keys broke off in ignition. I rented steering wheel and lock plate kit from a local parts store. Steering wheels off but this dude does not want to move. Need some help. Thx guys.
With one of these. It will come off. Use a ratchet and start cranking!

http://www.4wheelparts.com/Fabricati...FYGqPAodtzEACQ
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Unread 03-10-2013, 02:36 PM   #3
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Did you get the little lock ring off? I can't remember what order all of this goes in, but at some point there's a little lock ring that's holding everything on and you need a very small needle nosed pliers and a ton of patience to get it off.
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Unread 03-10-2013, 04:56 PM   #4
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I'm guessing this steering wheel is a grant. Makes since. Thx Scottymac
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Unread 03-10-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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This maybe too much information

If that is part of an aftermarket steering wheel, then do as scottymac62 suggested.

After that, the stock column has a stamped metal "lock plate" that has a spring behind it that forces the lock plate into the lock ring. In order to get the lock ring off, you need to compress the spring to get access to the lock ring. For a stock column it is best to get a "steering lock plate tool" to compress the spring. You can do it without the tool but it is a major PIA to get the lock ring off and on.

Below is a stock steering column. #2 is the lock ring that goes around the steering shaft. #3 is the stamped metal lock plate. #4 is the spring that pushes the lock plate into the lock ring. Unfortunately this doesn't show the steering shaft.

And below that is a picture of the "steering lock plate tool". You can see the lock ring (#2) around the steering shaft (bottom of the larger splined area).

Good Luck
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Unread 03-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #6
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Thx always.. Good info much appreciated. Any other "special tools" that will make this go as smooth as possible.
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Unread 03-11-2013, 07:30 AM   #7
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A gear puller will get that steering wheel hub off. $20 at Harbor Freight. Pick up their steering lock plate removal tool while you're there also.
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