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Old January 18th, 2006, 01:46 PM
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Question Steering Wheel Removal

Ok... my situation... The current steering wheel I have on my 95' D90 needs to be replaced. I have a replacement already so my issue lies with what happened while trying to remove it. I used a steering wheel removal kit (2 bolts + bar for leverage). One of the bolts broke off into the steering wheel... then the screw extractor bit broke off into the bolt within the steering wheel. It seems that no drill I have can drill out the extractor bit (been told its impossible) so... my question Is there another way of removing the steering wheel beside using the usual method since I cant use one of the holes in the steering wheel now ????





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Old January 18th, 2006, 02:52 PM
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Have you tried hitting the extractor bit with something like a punch? They are pretty brittle and break fairly easy.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 03:52 PM
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No need for the extractor to begin with. give the wheel a good pounding from the column side with a mini sledge. Watch your face though. Catcher's mask would work well.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 05:14 PM
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I think I'll try giving it a good pounding. Since the center bolt is loose what exactly is holding it on so tight anyway? Is it just the two metal brackets on the back of the steering wheel that make it fit so tight?
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Old January 18th, 2006, 05:20 PM
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Spray some penetrating lube around the splines then try hitting it with a hammer after it has sit for a awhile. If that still doesn't work drill out the broken screw with a larger bit and screw in a self tapping screw.

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Old January 19th, 2006, 03:02 AM
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The screw extractor is hardened steel, and a normal HSS bit won't touch it. Maybe a colbalt bit might, but usually its impossible to do since the extractor fragment is so jagged the bit wanders off it.

Do you have a Dremel? Get a little solid carbide milling bit; I've used this to grind out the fragment of the extractor. Then I use a left-handed drill bit to drill out what's left of the screw.

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Old January 22nd, 2006, 03:33 PM
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I had the same problem. Nothing worked...except a mini sledge hammer and 5 minutes of stress relief.
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