Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the steering wheel and related components



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Fig. Fig. 2 To remove the steering wheel, first unscrew the center pad retaining fasteners ...



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Fig. Fig. 3 ... then lift the pad from the wheel and disconnect the horn wire



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Fig. Fig. 4 Remove the wheel retaining nut ...



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Fig. Fig. 5 ... and matchmark the wheel to the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 6 Assemble a puller to the wheel then tighten the center screw to extract the wheel



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Fig. Fig. 7 Once loose, remove the wheel from the shaft

All models are equipped with collapsible steering columns. A sharp blow or excessive pressure on the column will cause it to collapse. Do not hammer on the steering wheel.

  1. Disconnect the ground cable from the battery.
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  3. Remove the padded center assembly. This center assembly is often held on only by spring clips. There are usually holes in the back of the wheel so the pad can be pushed off. However, on some deluxe interiors it is held on by screws behind the arms of the wheel.
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  5. Remove the large center nut. Mark the steering wheel and steering shaft so that the wheel may be replaced in its original position. In most cases, the wheel can only go on one way.
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  7. Using a puller, pull the steering wheel from the steering shaft. It is possible to make a puller by drilling two holes in a piece of steel exactly the same distance apart as the two threaded holes on either side of the large nut. Drill another hole in the center of the piece the same diameter as the steering shaft. Find a bolt of a slightly smaller diameter than the steering shaft. Place the puller over the steering shaft and thread the two bolts into the holes in the wheel. Tighten the two bolts, and then tighten the center bolt to draw the wheel off the shaft.
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  9. Reverse the above procedure to install the wheel. When placing the wheel on the shaft, make sure the tires are straight ahead and the match marks are aligned. Tighten the nut to 60 ft. lbs.
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