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Thread: Steering Wheel on an 89 Silverado K1500 - How do I remove it?

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    Unhappy Steering Wheel on an 89 Silverado K1500 - How do I remove it?

    Anyone have experience pulling a steering wheel of an 89 Silverado K1500? Mine was installed upside down by the previous owner ,and I want to set it right. Or is there a way to disconnect the steering shaft from the steering box and turn in 180 degrees and reconnect it? I don't know which way is best. Do I need a puller for the steering wheel? I tried to get it off a couple of weeks ago using my "ARM STRONG" puller, but couldn't manage it.

    Any help would be appreciated, or any diagrams and instructions.

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    Well Red

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    remove the nut that hold the steering wheel on, Place both feet in the floor and pull like ****. Shaking violently wile doing this works great.
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    You need a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel.

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    you'll also need the lock plate tool to remove the snap ring too .
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    JEGS 80511 JEGS Steering Wheel Removal Kit Something like this is handy. Also easy to make one with three holes in a steel bar and three bolts.
    You can`t just slip the rag joint coupler off the steering box and rotate it as there is a master spline.
    However you might be able to remove the bolt from the slip joint (at the firewall) slide it off and then rotate the steering wheel 180 degrees and refit the slip joint. Never done that so not sure. But worth a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wellred View Post
    Or is there a way to disconnect the steering shaft from the steering box and turn in 180 degrees and reconnect it?
    Think that might be the ultimate hard way.
    I think use a puller rather than brute force to avoid column damage ?
    Might want to have turn arm at nuetral before reinstall.
    Oh yeah, be sure wheels are straight before doing it, or do twice.

    LOL just "previewed" my post and saw case is faster than me.
    Interesting idea...
    Please don't PM truck fix questions, bravely start a new thread for them. It is a forum afterall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davbell22602 View Post
    You need a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel.
    i'll agree with davbell here. you can rent the tool at autozone or advance. makes it a lot easier.

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    I have the puller, Find it to be a pain in the rear . I just pull them off like I described above. Been dont it that way for many years. Never damaged anything.

    Thats what growing up poor does for you, You learn how to get by without buying every tool on the market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gpmorgan View Post
    i'll agree with davbell here. you can rent the tool at autozone or advance. makes it a lot easier.
    I dont rent tools unless there's a big price difference in buying it and renting it. I paid 16 bucks for harmonic balancer/steering wheeling puller at autozone to buy or rent.

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    yea basically you buy it and then take it back. if i think i'm going to need more than once i will buy the tools but since i'm not in the automotive repair business i usually just rent special tools.

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