GM Full-Size Trucks 1980-1987 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
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  3. Remove the horn button and the receiving cap, bellville washer and bushing (if equipped).
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  5. Mark the steering wheel-to-steering shaft relationship.
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  7. Remove the snapring from the steering shaft.
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  9. Remove the nut and washer from the steering shaft.
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  11. Remove the steering wheel with a puller.
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WARNING
Don't hammer on the steering shaft.

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. The turn signal control assembly must be in the Neutral position to prevent damaging the canceling cam and control assembly. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
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A steering wheel puller can be made by drilling two holes in a piece of steel the same distance apart as the two threaded holes in the steering wheel. Sometimes an old spring shackle will have the right dimensions. Drill another hole in the center. Place a center bolt with the head against the steering shaft and a nut against the bottom of the homemade puller bar. Thread the two outer bolts into the holes into the wheel. Unscrew the nut on the center bolt to draw the wheel off the shaft.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Grasp the horn button center cap and pull it from the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 2: If necessary, remove the horn button from the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the snapring from the steering shaft so the wheel retaining nut may be removed



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Fig. Fig. 4: With the nut removed, scribe matchmarks between the shaft and the steering wheel. This will assure installation in the proper position



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Fig. Fig. 5: Loosen the steering wheel from the shaft using a suitable puller



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Fig. Fig. 6: Lift the steering wheel from the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 7: Be careful not to loose the spring loaded horn contact when the wheel is removed



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Fig. Fig. 8: Before installing the wheel, be sure to position the spring loaded horn contact into the plastic tube

 
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