GM Corvette 1963-1982 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 1963-67 Standard Wheel



See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the standard steering wheel mounting-1963-67 vehicles

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Pry off the horn cap with a suitable prytool.
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering shaft nut and washer.
  6.  
  7. Install a wheel puller in the two threaded holes provided. Remove the steering wheel.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Align the wheel in a straight, up-and-down position.
  2.  
  3. Install the washer and nut on the shaft, and while holding the wheel, tighten the nut to 35-40 ft. lbs.
  4.  
  5. Reinstall the contact assembly and horn cap.
  6.  

1968-76 Standard Wheel See Figure 2

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Fig. Fig. 2: Standard steering wheel mounting-1968-76 vehicles

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Pry the horn cap off with a small prytool and remove the upper horn contact.
  4.  
  5. Remove the six steering wheel retaining screws and remove the wheel.
  6.  

To remove the wheel for turn signal switch service, follow Steps 3-6 of the "1963-67 Standard Wheel" procedure. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. On 1975-76 models, it is necessary to remove the snapring from the steering shaft first. Dont forget to install the snapring after tightening the nut.

To install:
  1. Attach the wheel to the hub with the six screws.
  2.  
  3. Install the upper horn contact and the horn cap.
  4.  

1965-67 Telescoping Wheel See Figures 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 3: View of the tilt and telescoping steering wheel components-1965-66 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 4: View of the steering wheel mounting components-1967 tilt and telescoping wheel shown

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Pry off the horn cap with a small prytool and remove the horn contact assembly.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lock screw-to-lock knob retaining screws, and remove the lock screw, lock knob, and the spacer.
  6.  
  7. Remove the six steering wheel-to-hub screws and remove the wheel.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Replace the steering wheel on the hub and install the six retaining screws.
  2.  
  3. Install the spacer on the steering wheel and position the lock knob.
  4.  
  5. The lock screw installs through the lock knob, is turned into the shaft, and adjusted to the lock position.
  6.  
  7. Attach the spacer to the steering wheel. Put the lock knob in lock position and attach it to the lock screw with two screws.
  8.  
  9. Remove the three, spacer retaining screws and install the horn contact to the spacer and the steering wheel with three screws.
  10.  
  11. Install the horn cap.
  12.  

1968-76 Telescoping Wheel See Figures 5 through 15

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Fig. Fig. 5: Tilt and telescoping steering wheel mounting-1968-76 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 6: Use a suitable tool to pry the horn cap off the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 7: Unfasten the three retaining screws ...



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Fig. Fig. 8: ... then remove the upper horn contact



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Fig. Fig. 9: Unfasten the retaining screws ...



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Fig. Fig. 10: ... then remove the center star screw



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Fig. Fig. 11: Remove the steering column lock lever and the spacer (if used)



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Fig. Fig. 12: Use a suitable pair of pliers to remove the snapring



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Fig. Fig. 13: Hold the steering wheel still while loosening the nut



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Fig. Fig. 14: Remove the retaining nut ...



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Fig. Fig. 15: ... then use a suitable puller to remove the steering wheel from the column

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the horn cap and upper horn contact.
  4.  
  5. Remove the shim, star screw, lock lever, and spacer.
  6.  

To remove the wheel for turn signal switch service, follow Steps 3-6 "Standard Wheel" procedure. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. On 1975-76 models, it is necessary to remove the snapring from the steering shaft first. Dont forget to install the snapring after tightening the nut.

  1. Remove the six steering wheel retaining screws and remove the wheel.
  2.  

To install:
  1. Replace the steering wheel on the hub and install the six retaining screws.
  2.  
  3. Position the spacer and lock lever on the steering wheel.
  4.  
  5. Install the star screw through the lock lever, turn it into the shaft, and put it into lock position.
  6.  
  7. Install the spacer to the steering wheel with three screws. Position the lock lever in "Lock."
  8.  
  9. Attach the star screw with two screws and remove the three spacer retaining screws.
  10.  
  11. Install the shims and the upper horn contact.
  12.  
  13. Install the horn cap.
  14.  

1977-79 Standard Wheel

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Pry off the horn button cap.
  4.  
  5. Remove the snapring then the steering wheel nut.
  6.  
  7. Install a wheel puller in the threaded holes provided. Butt the center bolt of the tool against the steering shaft and turn clockwise to remove the hub assembly.
  8.  

To install:
  1. When installing make sure the turn signal is in the neutral position, then install the hub on the steering shaft and secure it with the nut. Torque the nut to 30 ft. lbs.
  2.  
  3. Install the snapring.
  4.  
  5. Attach the steering wheel to the hub assembly with the attaching screws.
  6.  
  7. Install the horn contact and attach with the three screws.
  8.  
  9. Snap the horn button in place.
  10.  
  11. Connect the battery ground cable.
  12.  

1977-82 Tilt Telescoping Wheel See Figure 16

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Fig. Fig. 16: Exploded view of the tilt and telescoping steering wheel-1977-81 vehicles

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Pry off the horn button cap.
  4.  
  5. Remove the three screws and remove the upper horn contact assembly.
  6.  
  7. If used, remove the shim then remove the screw securing the center star screw. Remove the star screw and lever.
  8.  
  9. Remove the snapring and nut from the shaft and remove the steering wheel assembly with a wheel puller.
  10.  
  11. If it is necessary to disassemble the steering wheel, remove the three screws securing the steering wheel and separate; then remove the four screws securing the extension to the steering wheel then separate.
  12.  

To install:
  1. To assemble the steering wheel, position the extension to the steering wheel and install the attaching screws. Torque the screws to 20 inch lbs.
  2.  
  3. Position the spring, eyelet and insulator to the lower contact assembly. Position the assembly to the steering wheel and install the three screws.
  4.  
  5. Position the steering wheel assembly to the steering column and torque the nut to 30 ft. lbs.
  6.  
  7. Install the snapring.
  8.  
  9. Position the lever to the steering column and install the star screw. Install the screws. Remove the switch by pulling it.
  10.  
  11. Position the upper contact assembly and shim if used and install the three retaining screws.
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  13. Install the retainer and horn button cap.
  14.  
  15. Connect the battery ground cable.
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