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post #1 of 12 Old 03-15-2019, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Steering Wheel change

So the steering wheel on my 2000 WJ Limited is toast. The rubber has completely worn off down to the metal. I found a few used ones on line but it got me wondering how hard is it to replace? I have done a few in the past but not with all the gadgets they have now. Anyone changed one out on a Limited?


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post #2 of 12 Old 03-15-2019, 09:17 AM
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Super easy. Undo the bolts from the back (8mm I think), the center nut, then use a 2 or 3 jaw puller to remove the wheel.
A junk yard will have a replacement for you. One from a Limited or Overland would be a nice upgrade.
Installation is plug n play. Just be sure to match up the connectors from the clock spring correctly.
Probably a good idea to disconnect the battery to ensure the airbag is not a potential issue.

I have the original from my '04 Freedom that I can send... it is in good shape. I swapped in a Limited one a few years back. Make an offer.
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Make sure your wheels are pointed straight before you pull the steering wheel off. Also, a good idea to disconnect the battery with your lights on. It'll help drain any reserve voltage from capacitors and eliminate potential airbag issues. You'll have a small wire plug to disconnect for the air bag, and one for the steering wheel controls.

You might be able to fit a 3-jaw puller on there, but I've had an easier time with a 2-jaw. When the puller gets real tight, just keep going...it'l eventually pop!
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Thanks guys. This is on a 2000 Limited.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-17-2019, 04:30 PM
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I rented a 3 jaw puller from Advanced Auto and could not get the wheel off no matter how I tried. Bought a vintage 6' Craftsman 2 jaw puller from eBay after reading an old thread and it came off so easy I was shocked. Almost like butter.

There is a guy on eBay from Poland who takes wj steering wheels and wraps them in new leather. I bought one a couple months ago and am very happy with it. Cost $250 which is less than half price for comparable work in the US.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-18-2019, 09:40 AM
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WJ steering wheels can be tricky to remove, there is of course a special tool to use, however as mentioned a 2 jaw puller works great.


I like to apply a decent amount of tension to the center screw and then smack it with 2.5 lb mini sledge, then apply more tension to the center screw and smack it again. Usually after 1 or 2 times the steering wheel pops right off.

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post #7 of 12 Old 02-26-2020, 10:49 PM
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Im just pulling steering wheels right now. I didn't realize that my standard Lisle 4500 steering wheel puller wouldn't work. I'll grab one those two jaw pullers, looks perfect.
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Im just pulling steering wheels right now. I didn't realize that my standard Lisle 4500 steering wheel puller wouldn't work. I'll grab one those two jaw pullers, looks perfect.
Don't know how a WJ would compare with an XJ but at my Napa we rent tools.
The one we rent has everything I needed to pull the one in my '00 XJ.
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We have a store up here in Canada that does that program but the tools and sets are often incomplete or broken.
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-27-2020, 02:32 PM
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A two jaw puller is all you need in addition to basic hand tools to do the job, it's very easy. Disconnect your battery beforehand so you don't have issues with your airbag. If pulling a junkyard wheel you can save yourself a couple bucks by not pulling the airbag or electronic switches and just swapping them from your old wheel to your new, some places are sticklers about charging for all those extras, some places don't care.
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We have a store up here in Canada that does that program but the tools and sets are often incomplete or broken.

What kind of beer swillin', Red-Green Show watchin' hosers would return loaner tools in such condition? Makes me want to take off, eh. I mean, you could choose not to decide whether to borrow loaner tools but if you choose not to decide then you still have made a choice. As for me, I will choose free tools!

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What kind of beer swillin', Red-Green Show watchin' hosers would return loaner tools in such condition? Makes me want to take off, eh. I mean, you could choose not to decide whether to borrow loaner tools but if you choose not to decide then you still have made a choice. As for me, I will choose free tools!
Oh take off eh!
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