Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1967 Models
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Rotate the horn button 1 / 4 turn counterclockwise, then remove the button, rubber grommet and horn contact ring.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the horn wire.
  6.  
  7. Remove the three screws and spacers that attach the horn button housing to the column, then remove the horn button and housing.
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  9. Matchmark the steering wheel hub and column.
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  11. Remove the nut from the end of the steering shaft.
  12.  
  13. Remove the steering wheel with a puller.
  14.  

To install:
  1. Position the matchmarks and install the steering wheel. Install the nut on the end of the shaft and tighten.
  2.  
  3. Install the horn button and housing, replacing the mounting screws.
  4.  
  5. Reconnect the horn wire. Install the horn ring and grommet.
  6.  
  7. Tighten the nut to 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Connect the battery ground cable.
  10.  

1968-71 Models

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Pull the horn button off its spring clips.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the horn wire.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of a common steering wheel mounting on 1967-77 trucks

  1. Remove the 3 screws and lift out the horn switch.
  2.  
  3. Matchmark the steering wheel and shaft.
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut from the shaft.
  6.  
  7. Using a puller, remove the steering wheel.
  8.  
  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. When installing the steering wheel, align the matchmarks and torque the nut to 27 ft. lbs. (36 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Connect the battery ground cable.
  12.  

1972-77 Models
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the horn button after unfastening the two screws from underneath.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the horn wire from the horn switch terminal.
  6.  
  7. Remove three screws, then lift out the horn switch and button or pad retainer assembly.
  8.  
  9. Back the steering wheel retaining nut off the top of the shaft.
  10.  
  11. Install a steering wheel puller and draw the steering wheel from the steering shaft splines.
  12.  
  13. Remove the steering wheel nut and pull the steering wheel off the steering shaft.
  14.  
  15. Installation is the reverse of removal. After replacing steering wheel and associated parts, tighten the nut to 27 ft. lbs. (36 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Connect the battery ground cable.
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1978-88 Models

See Figures 2 through 6

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 2: Two-spoke wheel on 1983 and later trucks

  1. Working through the access holes in the back of the wheel, push the horn pad off. DO NOT PRY THE PAD OFF!
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the horn wire.
  4.  
  5. Matchmark the steering wheel and shaft.
  6.  
  7. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
  8.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: Use a ratchet to loosen and remove the nut



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Fig. Fig. 4: Unscrew the horn wire assembly

  1. Using a puller, remove the steering wheel from the shaft. NEVER HAMMER THE SHAFT TO FREE THE WHEEL!
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 5: Using a puller to free the wheel



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Fig. Fig. 6: After disconnecting all of the retainers, remove the steering wheel from the truck

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. After replacing steering wheel and associated parts, tighten the nut to 60 ft. lbs. on 1978-84 models; 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm) on 1985-88 models.
  2.  
  3. Connect the battery ground cable.
  4.  

 
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