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#773156 - 03/10/10 04:13 AM Steering Wheel Removal  
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I am getting ready to pull the steering wheel on my 83 and looks like the bolt holes are tapped 7mmx1.0? Most puller kits only have SAE bolts... What size bolts have any of you used?


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#773163 - 03/10/10 04:59 AM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: oemtech]  
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I went and rented one from oreilly's. I dont remember which bolts it was. But came out very easily. Good luck......


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#773203 - 03/10/10 01:45 PM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: Intmdatr3]  
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I just put a new steering wheel on. Just bought the cheap grant installer kit for like 8 bucks at oreilly. Has the bolts you'll need.


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#773205 - 03/10/10 01:51 PM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: Intmdatr3]  
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I have the puller from O'Reilly's and all the bolts are SAE. The 1/4 bolt is a touch larger than 6mm and the 5/16 bolt is just a touch under 8mm. IE - nothing really fits. Also, both steering wheels look like them may have had a SAE bolt threaded in at one time as the threads look a little beat up.

How can a simple R&R turn into such a PITA?

I just may run out to my shop and get my tap/die set and tap the steering wheel for 5/16x18 or 24.


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#773334 - 03/10/10 11:39 PM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: oemtech]  
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I had a puller to do one and when I got to the jusnk yard the bolts were to big. I just pulled real hard and it came off.


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#773437 - 03/11/10 05:01 AM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: 406monte]  
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I just popped mine off the other day "old school"; and never had it off before. Loosen the bolt and turn it our almost to the end. Jam your legs behind it, AND pull on the top of it. Hammer the center bolt, and it will pop loose. Do NOT mess up the threads though! I was going to try a drift rod, but was too lazy to go in the basement.


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#773530 - 03/11/10 05:01 PM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: baaboo]  
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should be a standard 5/16" coarse thread bolt just like every other GM steering wheel up to the mid 90's.


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#773736 - 03/12/10 03:28 AM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: novaderrik]  
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Nope.... 7mmx1.0 on the original 83 wheel and the 84 replacement wheel.

I just went to the shop and picked up my tap/die set. The kit from O'Reilly's used a 5/16x24 SAE. The 5/16 is just a touch bigger than 7mm. So, I just ran the tap in as far as possible and pull the wheel. I also re-tapped the 84 wheel as I knew I would probably have to pull at least once before I was done.

The next problem was hooking up the horn. I had PULL the wheel,trim a plastic fitting, cut the horn wire to add a different connector and drill a large hole for the wire/connector.

I post a few photos later. Also, I am building a web site to document all my mods with Photo's/How To's.


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#773746 - 03/12/10 03:39 AM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: oemtech]  
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i've never seen a GM wheel that took anything besides a 5/16" bolt for the puller. not saying it isn't possible, but i've never seen it. i wonder if it's something that's unique to some of the g body cars of certain years? my 84 regal has the sae bolt holes, the 87 S10 i just did used sae bolts, an 84 Camaro i once had used sae bolts. so did the 86 and 92 Caprices i had. what style of stock wheel do you have? i want to know so i don't find myself puzzled when i run across on that has different holes for the puller...


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#773758 - 03/12/10 04:07 AM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: novaderrik]  
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Yea... I thought it was odd. But, a 1/4" bolt was to small and the 5/16 was to big. So, I assumed Metric and took the wheel to Home Depot and checked. 6mm to small 8mm to big. 7mmx1.0 is kinda like fine thread as most metric bolts are Xmmx1.25. 7mm is an odd ball automotive bolt. Ace Hardware had 6mm and 8mm but no 7mm. I also found the the longest 7mm is about 50mm and you need one at least 90mm to 100mm to make it work on the puller.


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#773824 - 03/12/10 02:45 PM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: baaboo]  
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When I did this I bought extra bolts and hacksawed off the threads and held them onto the other bolt with a nut.

Originally Posted By: baaboo
I just popped mine off the other day "old school"; and never had it off before. Loosen the bolt and turn it our almost to the end. Jam your legs behind it, AND pull on the top of it. Hammer the center bolt, and it will pop loose. Do NOT mess up the threads though! I was going to try a drift rod, but was too lazy to go in the basement.


I thought the old school way was to take the nut off and drive it for a couple days. J/K

#773962 - 03/12/10 11:33 PM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: Wisconsin]  
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#774170 - 03/13/10 07:59 PM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: oemtech]  
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Dang that steering wheel looks great. I think I need to find one like that. My interior is the same color as well.


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#774312 - 03/14/10 06:18 AM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: 406monte]  
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Somehow that wheel looks vaguely familiar...LOL. I installed an SS wheel in place of my stock one also. The horn hookup is a bit of fun since it uses a different type of contact and hardware from the wire jumper type.
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#774369 - 03/14/10 01:02 PM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: Catalyze]  
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Is that an El Camino floor mat I see?

The horn thing was fairly easy to figure out. The horn ring is nothing more than a switch. IE - The horn wire is "hot" and all your doing is grounding it momentarily to complete the circuit.

There is disk at the bottom of the horn assembly that acts as a spring/contact. Above that there is cup with a plastic ring with legs that act as a insulator. Just secure the horn wire under the insulating ring and it should work as designed. Remember the screws are "grounded" to the chassis, so if you touch one with the horn wire it will honk at you!


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#1060705 - 02/10/19 07:51 PM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: Catalyze]  
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Hello guys im new but im having trouble figuring out how i get my horn cap to seat and stay on i bought the horn retainer black piece but it doesnt seat all the way inside the steering wheel! Any help would be a blessing

#1060710 - 02/11/19 02:16 AM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: oemtech]  
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Do you have all the pieces installed?? there are about 5 pieces total including the 3 plastic screws and there is a notch in the retainer and a matching protrusion in the horn cap!


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#1060711 - 02/11/19 02:29 AM Re: Steering Wheel Removal [Re: oemtech]  
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Yes i had to buy the entire horn setup came with the 3 screws and metal plate the insulator and the metal piece with the notch in it bought that to fix the horn since mine didnt have one!!! But now cant seem to get the cap to fit!! I have pics but dont know how to post em


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