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

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  1. Wellred

    Wellred Full Member

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    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. :bow:

    Thanks,

    Well Red
     
  2. chevyguy

    chevyguy Senior Member

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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.
     
  3. davbell22602

    davbell22602 Senior Member

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    You need a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel.
     
  4. silverhairdeere

    silverhairdeere Senior Member

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    you'll also need the lock plate tool to remove the snap ring too .
     
  5. Case 7230

    Case 7230 Senior Member

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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.
     
  6. crabtruck

    crabtruck Senior Member

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    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.:D

    LOL just "previewed" my post and saw case is faster than me.
    Interesting idea...
     
  7. gpmorgan

    gpmorgan Auto Banned

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    i'll agree with davbell here. you can rent the tool at autozone or advance. makes it a lot easier.
     
  8. chevyguy

    chevyguy Senior Member

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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.
     
  9. davbell22602

    davbell22602 Senior Member

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    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.
     
  10. gpmorgan

    gpmorgan Auto Banned

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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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