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Old 08-21-2004, 02:52   #1 (permalink)
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Steering Wheel Removal

Needing some tips on how to get the steering wheel off my xa gs because it's going of to get reconditioned. Thanks
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Old 08-21-2004, 03:10   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Steering Wheel Removal

To take the centre pad of you have to take the 3 screw's out from behind, then this will reveal the large centre bolt that need's to be undone, but don't hit the bolt with a hammer like some do,either get a steeringwheel puller or use your palm's and hit from behind, and that's that.
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If its hard to get off, put both knees under the bottom of the wheel and push up, and at the same time tap the wheel from behind with your palms. A tip though, leave the big nut on one turn so the wheel doesn't hit you in the head when it comes off.
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Re: Steering Wheel Removal

Only undo the Nut holding the steering wheel on a few turns tap the steering wheel to get it unstuck from the splines. I have seen people remove the nut completly then give the steering wheel a big wack to get it off the splines and end up feeling a bit dizzy with a large red mark across their foreheads.

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Re: Steering Wheel Removal

Heh. Use a steering wheel puller. The whacking technique can damage your rag joint between the column and steering box if the coulumn outer isn't clamped properly at the firewall...
(mine wasn't, the previous owner swapped to a floor shift setup and goofed installing the column clamps....)

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Old 08-21-2004, 17:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Steering Wheel Removal

You are beter of with a aftermarket ,smaller &fatter ,steering wheel and keep the original for whenever, just my oppinion, the car will feel and drive better with a smaller wheel.
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Re: Steering Wheel Removal

If you havnt got powersteering like most XA-XB owners do, The bigger original wheel will make the big car easyer to monover you can also see all the guages without moving your head around the smaller aftermarket wheels.

IMO the original XA-XB rimblow wheels suit the interior much better than the aftermaket ones
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Old 08-22-2004, 02:20   #8 (permalink)
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For originalty the rimblow is the go, these day's most go for the rimblow over the sport's wheel's,I would anyway, I spent yr's looking for a genuine XW/Y GS rimblow wheel and I finally found one, I also found a XA/B GS/GT rimblow wheel, these look much better than a sport's wheel.
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