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Old October 2nd, 2007, 11:24 PM
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Removing the Steering Wheel

How do I remove the pad in the middle of the steering wheel? It doesn't seem to be covered in the shop manual.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 12:09 AM
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just pull, it will come off
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 04:33 AM
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If it is really truly stuck, and you dont feel like hitting yourself in the face with a steering wheel, go to sears and buy a steering wheel puller. If you dont feel like spendnig 20 measly bucks on puller, then just go back out to the truck and hit yourself in the face with the steering wheel.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 10:46 AM
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The pad will rip its mounts off it you try to remove it.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 11:26 AM
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I have removed my pad many times with no ill effect.

Just pull.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 12:22 PM
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I too have pulled mine off before..... Popped right back on. Maybe evilfij has a different yanking technique?
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 12:22 PM
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Two issues here

1. Pad removal. I concur that you can safely pull it off with no ill effect.

2. Steering wheel removal. I suggest the wheel puller here too, although I don't see a good way to attach it. What does the puller grab onto on the back side?

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Old October 3rd, 2007, 12:34 PM
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My steering wheel puller comes with an assortment of bolts that bolt into the wheel. The center bolt pushes as the outer bolts pull. The "viola".

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Old October 3rd, 2007, 01:12 PM
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Removing the steering Wheel

Here is offical technique from an LR Tech. Two ball peen hammners, loop one through the wheel flat face resting on the stud in the middle of the wheel. Pull the hammer handle towards you putting firm pressure on the rim of the wheel.

Take a second hammer and firmly rap it on the ball part of the first hammer while using you thighs to apply pressure to the bottom part of the wheel rim.

Sounds GOOFY, it worked with two blows of the hammer!
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 01:17 PM
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That is a very technical approach. I can't recall ever having my thighs included as necessary in any other procedure related to maintenance on a Defender.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 06:38 PM
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My steering wheel puller comes with an assortment of bolts that bolt into the wheel. The center bolt pushes as the outer bolts pull. The "viola".

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Aah, I guess I didn't notice the threaded holes close to the center. I need to center my steering wheel, but first need to get the steering aligned. I'll try try the technical approach first, but might want to borrow your wheel puller if I have any trouble.

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Quote:
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Here is offical technique from an LR Tech. Two ball peen hammners, loop one through the wheel flat face resting on the stud in the middle of the wheel. Pull the hammer handle towards you putting firm pressure on the rim of the wheel.

Take a second hammer and firmly rap it on the ball part of the first hammer while using you thighs to apply pressure to the bottom part of the wheel rim.

Sounds GOOFY, it worked with two blows of the hammer!
It's not a good idea to hit two steel hammers together. Since they are both hardened surfaces they often break into sharp pieces moving at high speed.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 07:54 PM
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Mmh. I went out and took a look but I don't grok how or where to hammer per the instructions above.

I'm officially a fan of the wheel puller approach but the puller bolt holes are pretty small and fine threaded - I wonder of the kit has the right size. Can you check Greg?
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 08:26 PM
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If you're taking it to get it aligned, they will center the steering wheel.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 08:28 PM
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It's not a good idea to hit two steel hammers together. Since they are both hardened surfaces they often break into sharp pieces moving at high speed.
Actually Myth Busters did a show on this and found it to be a false myth!
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 08:46 PM
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Good point Andrew. I am considering trying to align it better myself first. It's just toe out after all. I want to double check my steering box is centered and the play taken out etc too. I just don't trust local shops to get all that done right. But yeah, I shouldn't waste any time pulling the steering wheel until thats all done (or I get a shop to do it). I just couldn't resist going out and giving it a try after reading this thread
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 09:16 PM
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Removing the steering wheel

Thanks for all the input. I'm going to try pick up a steering wheel puller. The old wheel is on there pretty good.

The steering wheel on my D110 is really worn. It has been worn shiney smooth on 2/3 of it. I picked up a new wheel from a Td5 on ebay UK. It's going to look really cool.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 09:19 PM
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What are you doing with the old one? I have been looking for one at a good price to attempt a mod.
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Actually Myth Busters did a show on this and found it to be a false myth!

I didn't do a show but I broke one myself. The piece missed me though. I took a coworker to the doctor to have a piece removed from his forearm when he wasn't so lucky on another occasion.

Maybe just faulty hammers?
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 11:04 PM
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Maybe you're just extra strong!
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