The maintenance manual isn't really clear on this but the steering wheel isn't threaded on the shaft, right? The threaded shaft is only for the retaining nut. It appears there are two keys that keep the wheel from turning on the shaft. I tried pounding on it a bit with a lead hammer and then bought a gear puller but I wanted to ensure I'm not going to damage those threads before laying into it.
A two or four leg puller works fine.
I use a cheap parts store puller on the steering wheels.I am getting ready to have to put a 16 inch wheel on my car, for the extra room.The puller was like $20 or so. Comes off easy that way.Tim
You might want to find a thin nut to thread on the end of the shaft to prevent mushrooming the shaft.
Yes, there are two keyways on the spider, but usually only one on the shaft itself.
Be careful when trying different nuts on the shaft. The threads are NOT a standard thread per inch pitch.
Good point Ron; unfortunately I forget what the specs are.
Thanks for the help guys. I didn't mess up any threads but whoever installed the keys sure left a mark. So I'm going to sand and refinish the steering wheel and try to match the hue of the spokes and dashboard and on the bottom of the spider, I noticed what, at first, appeared to be an "8" inside a circle.
I sanded some paint off and now I think it might be a "B". Any ideas? Beaudette maybe?