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Old 04-08-2009, 06:18 PM
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trying to remove original wheel from my 1998 center console. Any suggestions?
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pull...hard. Its a tapered shaft so you wont hurt anything. sometimes giving it a little tap helps get things moving. if that doesnt work they make a wheel puller. and when you put on the new wheel make sure you add a little grease before putting on
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Is it an aluminum wheel on a stainless shaft? If it is, get ready to buy a new wheel. When I took my original wheel off of my boat, I eneded up having to drill semetrical holes into it and use a flywheel puller (thought bolted to the wheel)and an impact gun.
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You need to take the center cap off it it has one. That should have a nut under it. You need to unscrew the nut. I had to use a gear/wheel puller to get mine off. You can buy a cheap one at Harbor Freight or go to an Advance Auto and rent one.
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Do a search on Ebay for one that some guy invented just for these steering wheels. It was only about 10 bucks. It is designed to fit 5 spoke, 2 spoke and 3 spoke wheels. I have pulled many with the pullers mentioned from the auto stores and I have several of them, but this one is so simple I cannot believe I did not think of it.

The pullers will damage some of the nicer aluminum/magnesium wheels from Edson and Release Marine but this puller will not.
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Loosen the nut flush with the top of the shaft. Pull out on the wheel like trying to get it off and smack the nut and shaft with a hammer. Removed dozens this way. Then after it breaks loose taking the nut the rest of the way off cleans up the treads. If you have someone else pull on the wheel while you smack the shaft it is easy.
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I'll second the guys that used a gear puller. Mine was a three spoke aluminum wheel on a stainless shaft. Hit it with a hammer from every angle you could imagine. Didn't move. Got a steering wheel puller from Advance Auto. Nothing. Went back to Advance and got a gear puller, and it yanked it right off. Left some scratches on the wheel, but I was tossing it out anyway, so no big deal. Advance lends the tools, you have to pay for them, but they refund you in full when you bring them back.
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Take the nut off and spray the area with a penetrating oil like PB Blaster and let it sit overnight. Then put the nut back but only a few turns. Don't tighten it and make sure the shaft isn't sticking through the nut. Tap the nut with a hammer while pulling on the wheel.
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Large rubber mallet from underneath.
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I second the Auto Zone rental; mine came right off with the puller.
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Got wheel puller in place; how much pressure (cranking down) should I have put on puller. There seems to be a key down one side of the shaft; what does this do?

Will the puller bring off the wheel with one motion or will it gradually come up as you turn the shaft on the puller?
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More pressure it will "pop" off it is a wedge fit so once it is loose it will just come off.
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Take the nut off and spray the area with a penetrating oil like PB Blaster and let it sit overnight. Then put the nut back but only a few turns. Don't tighten it and make sure the shaft isn't sticking through the nut. Tap the nut with a hammer while pulling on the wheel.
Do this first.
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Got wheel puller in place; how much pressure (cranking down) should I have put on puller. There seems to be a key down one side of the shaft; what does this do?

Will the puller bring off the wheel with one motion or will it gradually come up as you turn the shaft on the puller?
They key makes sure that when you turn the wheel the shaft turns too. If a wheel isn't froze on like yours it needs the key to keep the wheel from spinning on the shaft.

Put as much preasure as you dare with the puller and then tap (slam) the wheel with a block of wood for a little vibration. Once it pops loose you xan just lift it off. Not usually gradual.
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Should be a dimple in the center of the shaft...take a center punch and tap it firmly...Wheel should come right off with ease...., spray with penetrating oil to help loosen.....this will provide the least amount of damage.....I learned the hard way
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I have never had to take one off. I'm glad I know about this pully thing now. Reminds me a couple months ago I was coming in from cat island alone. I was just cruising on back bout 30 mph. Then my steering wheel breaks off. That was scary trying to stop not big able to control where the boats going.
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don't use a steel hammer to tap. Use a rubber mallet or a rubber dead blow hammer to preserve the threads on the shaft. I learned the hard way.
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rharris all you have to do is unscrew the nut to the top where it is still covering the threads and then hit the nut with a hammer and you won't damage the threads. This way you are hitting the nut as well as the stud at the same time. You will tear up a rubber hammer and it won't hit with enough force or impact in most cases.
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trying to remove original wheel from my 1998 center console. Any suggestions?
I just removed mine, it was hard, but I ended up drilling a pair of holes with w 9/32 " drill bit, the deep of hole is about 3/4" and used a die M8-1.25 (8 millimeters) to thread them, then use a regular steering wheel puller and finally got it out.

I hope this helps somebody in the future.

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