GM Chevy Mid-Size Cars 1964-1988 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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WARNING
Most steering columns are collapsible. When replacing the wheel, do not hammer or exert any force against the column or the column could be irreparably damaged.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Standard Wheel
1964-69 CHEVELLE

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Carefully pry out the center cap and retainer.
  4.  
  5. Remove the receiving cup screws, then remove the cup, belleville spring, bushing, and pivot ring.
  6.  

The 1967-68 simulated wood wheel does not require pulling for removal. The wheel is held to the hub by Phillips screws.

  1. Remove the steering wheel nut and washer.
  2.  
  3. Mark the wheel-to-shaft relationship, and then remove the wheel with a puller.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Install the wheel on the shaft, aligning the marks made during removal.
  2.  
  3. Install the nut and washer, then tighten the nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the belleville spring (dished side up), pivot ring, bushing, and receiving cup. Secure the receiving cup using the retaining screws.
  6.  
  7. Install the center cap.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  

Removal of the 1970 padded steering wheel is similar to the 1964-69 procedure.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the steering wheel and horn assembly-1964-69 vehicles

1969 CHEVELLE DELUXE WHEEL AND STANDARD WHEEL ON ALL MODELS 1970 AND LATER

See Figures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the trim retaining screws from behind the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Lift the trim off, then disconnect the horn wire(s).
  6.  
  7. For most 1975 and later models, remove the snapring.
  8.  



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Fig. Fig. 2: Steering wheel installation-1969 deluxe and 1970-72 standard wheel



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Fig. Fig. 3: Steering wheel installation-1973-74 vehicles

  1. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
  2.  

The 1969 simulated wood wheel does not require pulling for removal. The wheel is held to the hub by phillips screws.

  1. Matchmark the wheel-to-shaft relationship, then remove the wheel with a steering wheel puller such as tool No. J-2927.
  2.  

To install:
  1. Install the wheel on the shaft, aligning the marks made during removal.
  2.  
  3. Install the steering wheel retaining nut, then tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
  4.  
  5. If equipped, install the snapring.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 4: Steering wheel installation-1980 and later vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 5: Most 1975 and later wheels are equipped with a snapring to assure the retaining nut remains in position

  1. Hold the trim just above position, then connect the horn wire(s)..
  2.  
  3. Install the center trim and secure using the retaining screws.
  4.  
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 6: A ratchet or driver should be used to loosen the trim pad retaining screws



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Fig. Fig. 7: Once they are loosened, remove the trim pad screws from the back of the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 8: Pull the trim pad from the steering wheel in order to access the horn wire(s)



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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the retaining nut snapring



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Fig. Fig. 10: Matchmark the relationship between the steering shaft and the wheel in order to assure proper wheel installation



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Fig. Fig. 11: Loosen and remove the wheel retaining nut



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Fig. Fig. 12: Use a steering wheel puller to loosen the wheel on the steering shaft



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Fig. Fig. 13: Once the wheel has been loosened by the puller, the wheel may may be removed from the steering shaft

Cushioned Rim Wheel

See Figure 14

Some 1971 and later vehicles may be equipped with a cushioned rim wheel.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the horn button cap.
  4.  
  5. Remove the snapring.
  6.  
  7. Loosen and remove the steering wheel nut.
  8.  
  9. Remove the upper horn insulator, receiver, and belleville spring.
  10.  
  11. Matchmark the relationship of the steering wheel to the steering shaft in order to assure proper installation.
  12.  
  13. Install a universal steering wheel puller, turn the puller bolt clockwise to loosen and remove the wheel.
  14.  

To install:
  1. Place the turn signal lever in a Neutral position, then position the wheel to the shaft while aligning the marks made earlier.
  2.  
  3. Position the horn lower insulator, eyelet, and spring in the horn contact tower. Install the belleville spring, receiver, and horn upper insulator.
  4.  
  5. Install the wheel retaining nut and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm), then install the snapring.
  6.  
  7. Install the horn button cap.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  



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Fig. Fig. 14: Exploded view of the cushioned rim wheel found on some 1971 and later vehicles

 
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