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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-26-2010, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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Spider steering wheel removal

I'm trying to get the steering wheel off my 84 Spider (Woodrim with the horn buttons in the spokes) using a standard steering wheel puller as shown in the shop manual. Problem is that it won't budge and I don't want to risk busting something by applying excessive force. Have I overlooked something? Any suggestions? Penetrating oil perhaps? By the look of things, I don't think it has ever been off and there are no signs of previous brutality.

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what kind of puller are you using, one like the style below? If you've loosened the center nut (not completely removed to protect threads), I think it should come right off...takes quite a bit of force though. I guess soaking in penetrating oil for a day does not hurt. I know sometimes folks use a mallet in tandem with the puller to help it come off
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Sorry in advance

But you did bend the lock tab out of the way and remove the nut?
After that the puller should work. It does take a good pull.
For some reason the car companies don't what steering wheels to come off in your hands.
Some kind of penetrating fluid is a good idea.
The shaft is steel and the wheel aluminium I think?
May be some corrosion in there. When you do get it off put a little anti seize on.

By the way yours may differ from my 69 Spider so I may not have a clue.


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I once had one that was stuck. There are three rectangular holes in the steering wheel hub for the tabs on the plastic center piece. I ground the feet of the 3 jaw puller puller that is part of my slide hammer so that they would fit into the rectangular holes. I then used the slide hammer to remove the steering wheel. At first it did not want to move, but it popped off after I applied a little heat from a propane torch.

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Thanks guys, It finally came off by giving a few sharp taps with a hammer on the shaft of the puller. (The puller I was using is the same as shown by Peter). I was suprised to find that the steering wheel is secured to the steering column by a key instead of splines.

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Still can't remove my wheel

I have tried to remove mine too. Glad I as wearing safety glasses. One then two rivets that hold the wheel onto its hub popped out and shot like bullets. I finally pried at the last one and separated the wheel to get it out of my way. I used a steering wheel puller, a smoke wrench and finally resorted to an angle grinder to cut most of the flat part of the hub away so I can get at the side and cut it down to the shaft. By far, the hardest steering wheel I have ever replaced. I almost don't think this old girl deserves my Ferrari's old Nardi. I had to take a break and post here looking for ideas.
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Yep. Tapped, PB blasted, heated, hub pulled and now angle grinder. Not done yet. Reminds me of the lug nuts, Had to remove them using the floor jack handle as a breaker bar. Considering removing the shaft from the car and bench-breaking this thing. Original wheel a total loss. Seems like she's haunted. Makes me want to put a 308 Gtsi engine in it. Or a turbo Honda V-Tec. I was going to replace the broken tail light, get started on replacing the L-Jet wiring harness that mysteriously melted one F/I wire as well as putting the passenger seat back in. It's a steering wheel, not a harmonic balancer Luigi.
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I must be missing something here. I took some pics. As you can see I have used force, heat, grinding, and a proper puller then the grade 5 "Threaded rod" shot out when it failed. Do I really have to remove the whole column and machine the stock hub off of it to put a different steering wheel on this?
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Did it right and got a harmonic balancer puller, hardened steel center bolt, grade 8's through the hub holes I drilled, two nuts and a 20 volt impact gun. Was going to put tension on it and leave over night with the nut on it and a towel and work it some more in the morning. Alas, a fresh battery in the gun and some time sitting with PB blaster penetrating oil and it popped off. Will post picks tomorrow. Then put in the Nardi. Whew! What a PITA. They ensure the hub is almost unremovable but attach the steering wheel to it with some cheap rivets that separate with little provocation leaving you with a wheel in your hand and a hub still attached. Definitely putting anti-seize on the Nardi hub install.
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Finally got the shaft cleaned up and inspected for cracks, replaced the hub and put the new old Nardi and a spare
Ferrari horn button. Was able to fit the replacement tail light and repaint power rear view mirrors supplied courtesy of fellow member Douglas who has a similar spider he's parting out.!
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Finally got the shaft cleaned up and inspected for cracks, replaced the hub and put the new old Nardi and a spare
Ferrari horn button. Was able to fit the replacement tail light and repaint power rear view mirrors supplied courtesy of fellow member Douglas who has a similar spider he's parting out.!
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Trying to remove mine! What a PITA! I have sprayed PB Blaster to try to loosen it. Tried Hair dryer Puller. Mine is an 86. Would be easier to give birth at this point!!
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