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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-26-2007, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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Question S4 steering wheel removal

Hi all,

Sorry to bother you with such a stupid tech support, but my sider is being _most_ unhelpful!
I'm replacing the ugly airbag steering wheel with a nice wooden Momo item. The problem is that the standard item seems to have welded itself to the column. I have used a proper puller screwed into the appropriate parts of the (aluminium) chassis of the wheel. But all that happened was that the treads pulled straight out (damned aluminium!) After that I drilled through the wheel and put nuts on the reverse side of the wheel, but it still won't budge, despite _serious_ torqueing!
Any ideas? Anyone else done this?

Thanks in advance,

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I don't have a s4 Spider, so I can't really tell you anything from experience... Nonetheless, you may want to try a search, since I have seen this topic discussed several times. Here's one thread that you may find helpful: Steering Wheel Removal.

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I don't have a s4 Spider, so I can't really tell you anything from experience... Nonetheless, you may want to try a search, since I have seen this topic discussed several times. Here's one thread that you may find helpful: Steering Wheel Removal.

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Doh! I feel like such a dunce. I had previously searched for any related thread and found nothing of interest. Of course time passed, I found the right wheel, found the time etc. etc. etc. Tried the job and never looked for that more recent thread....
What a clutz!

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ive heard that S4 spiders are simply not capable of wheel-removal, at least compatibly with a 3rd party wheel due to the airbags.

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Nah, the vendors will tell you that for liability reasons, but you can get a hub that works. I've seen plenty of S4 Spiders with wood wheels.

That being said, I rather like the idea of having a working airbag.

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Thumbs up Wooo-hooooo!!!

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Nah, the vendors will tell you that for liability reasons, but you can get a hub that works. I've seen plenty of S4 Spiders with wood wheels.
And you can count mine amongst them

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That being said, I rather like the idea of having a working airbag.
Ah, there be the rub, indeed. Question is, I guess, was mine really working before. A PO had disconnected both the warning light and one of the inputs to/from the bag :-( They had also put the wheel back on crooked (and it's a poxy looking wheel at the best of times)

Anyway, many thanks for the help, it turns out that tightening up the puller pretty tightly, and then whacking it with a mini lump-hammer a couple of times did the trick :-))))))

Happy days.

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