Early A-Body Steering Wheel Removal and Installation Step-by-Step with Pictures

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    I am creating this thread for people who need help when it comes to removing/installing their early a-body 61-66 standard 2-spoke steering wheel. Hope this can help some people out if they have never done this before.

    Step #1: Disconnect the battery....Then find the slot behind the plastic horn cover, take a flat screwdriver and slowly twist the end to pry the cover loose. Do this very slowly and carefully, if you pry too hard you can damage the cap or the plastic spacer. There is a rubber O ring on the center piece that holds it to the spacer. This can be tricky but patience is key. After the cap is off you may see a round black foam rubber pad, remove this as well. Also, on the plastic cap, there is a thin metal ring that goes on the edge, this is there to prevent the screwdriver from scratching or cracking during removal.

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    Step #2: Take a phillips screwdriver and remove the 3 screws that hold the horn button and spacer on, also pull the horn contact wire off. Don't lose the special plastic spacers for the screws!

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    Step#3: Take a 1/2" drive ratchet and extension (long one works best) use a 3/4 socket to loosen the center nut. You will have to hold the steering wheel tight as you turn the nut loose.

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    Step #4: You will need a steering wheel puller for this step. Assemble the puller, then take the right size bolts in the kit and use the 2 bolts in the threaded holes in the steering wheel, make sure to thread them in far enough and evenly. When it's on the wheel tight, turn the center part with a wrench and the wheel should start to pull off. Remember to hang onto the wheel so it doesn't fall :D

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    Step #5: Installation, take the wheel and put a little lube in the steering wheel splines (I used a dab of WD-40) and then line up the splines on the steering shaft, it can only go on one way! After it goes on take and install the washer and nut, then get your ratchet and tighten it back up tight, you will have to hold the steering wheel from turning again for this.

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    Step #6: Install the horn switch and spacer, along with the horn contact wire. The big plastic spacer can only go on one way. Don't over-tighten the screws or you will crack the little spacers on them too.

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    Step #7: Next install the plastic cover, take a little dish soap and rub some soap on the rubber O ring, this will help it go on nice. Be sure to center the logo first, then gently push it on with your hand or palm...don't pound it on, it will break....be gentle :D

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    Step #8: Burnout time!

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    Here are a few basic tools I used. If you don't have a puller most auto parts stores sell them.


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