Originally Posted by Jeepken
So it has been 90 degrees+ for the past month where I live, and my new 2010 JK Sport has to live in the sun during the day. When I drive home in the afternoon, the dash, steering wheel and shift knob are sticky. By morning all is fine. Anyone else have this problem? Is it my cheap plastic interior?
Yes, my hands are clean. No wisecracks please.
This is a common problem which everyone tries to solve by using tonnes of product and elbow grease.
The problem is leather steering wheels accept oil and sweat from the hands and eventually the wheel becomes sticky whenever the climate turns humid.
The solution is not to buy a ton of product. All you need is a small (max 10%) amount of hand or dish soap in very hot water.
Clean the whel by soaking the leather with a wet cloth dipped in the solution and rub hard.
Rinse with clear water and repeat as many times as necessary.
If the problem is really bad all you need is a little saddle soap - again, not much - and use saddle soap to release all the oils and sweat trapped in the leather - rinse and repeat where necessary.
Once the wheel is 100% clean apply a little leather conditioner - but SPARINGLY - conditioner is not easily absorbed.
If you have a brand new steering wheel apply a good leather sealer (without silicone - must be natural) and repeat a week later - the wheel will last heaps longer - hope that helps