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Old 07-14-2010, 03:35 PM   #1
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Steering wheel replacement - need a "puller"?

Hey, all. Looking for some input from some who might have tackled this one before..... My '97 Sahara steering wheel has been abused by the previous owner(s), so I picked one up off eBay that is in great shape. I want to do the swap, and in reading the FSM, there is reference made to a "puller" tool that is needed to remove the steering wheel from the steering column.

Is this tool necessary? If so, any idea where I would find one (is it a common item at Autozone or the like), and what would it cost? If I don't use this special tool, are there any tips or tricks that I should know to ensure that I can not only get the old wheel off, but still be able to get the new one on?

Thanks in advance for any input!!

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Old 07-14-2010, 04:50 PM   #2
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I can tell you that I picked up a puller at a local part's store a few years ago when i was swapping steering wheels on my old pickup, don't remember the price exactly but it wasn't much at all. Made the job super easy, Im sure it can be done with out one but it was well worth the price to have the tool around.

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Old 07-14-2010, 06:42 PM   #3
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Most parts houses rent these cheap. Been years (like 20) since I used one, but it made things super easy.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:58 PM   #4
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Yes you need a puller
sorry cant help where??
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:40 PM   #5
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Yes you need a puller so you don't bang up the threads on the shaft. Most auto parts stores will have them, some even rent them. On a 97 column it is fairly easy to pull the steering wheel...
1. two screws under the wheel to take off the horn pad

2. lift gently and move it over to find the horn wire, there is a white plastic connector that you need to push down and twist counter-clockwise to unhook.

3. you will see a black plastic cover with three slots, use the slots and a flat blade screwdriver to lift this up. ( note the position so you can put it back later)

4. there is a triangular shaped clip on top of the shaft, THIS IS THE SAFETY CLIP, you MUST remember to put this back on when done.

5. now you are at the steering wheel, note the position of the shaft relative to your wheels so that when you put the steering wheel on it will line up straight. there should be an index mark on both the shaft and the steering wheel to get it aligned.

6. this is where you need the steering wheel puller, two screws through the yoke of the puller into the steering wheel. turn the center screw until it pops off.

Don't bother with anything else below this point. Now just reverse the directions and enjoy your new steering wheel.

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Thanks for the responses!! I'll swing by somewhere local and see if I can grab one to rent or buy depending on the cost. Oranjeep, appreciate the step-by-step!

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