Volkswagen Air Cooled 1949-1969 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 When installing the steering wheel, there should be 0.04-0.08 in. (distance a) between the wheel hub and the turn indicator switch



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Fig. Fig. 2 To remove the steering wheel, first remove the horn cover ...



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Fig. Fig. 3 ... then detach the horn wire



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Fig. Fig. 4 Remove the steering wheel mounting nut ...



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Fig. Fig. 5 ... and matchmark the wheel to the steering column



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Fig. Fig. 6 Remove the mounting nut washer ...



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Fig. Fig. 7 ... then slide the steering wheel off of the steering shaft



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Fig. Fig. 8 Typical steering Components-Type 1 Models

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the center emblem. This emblem will gently pry off the wheel, or is attached by screws from the back of the steering wheel.
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  5. Remove the nut from the steering shaft. This is a right-hand thread.
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Mark the steering shaft and steering wheel so that the wheel may be installed in the same position on the shaft.

  1. Using a steering wheel puller, remove the wheel from the splined steering shaft. Do not strike the end of the steering shaft.
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  3. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Make sure to align the matchmarks made on the steering wheel and steering shaft. The gap between the turn signal switch housing and the back of the wheel is 0.08-0.12 in.
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ADJUSTMENT



If the steering wheel spokes are not parallel to the floor of the car when the car is being driven in a straight line, it is necessary to reposition the wheel. This should never be carried out by simply altering the position of the wheel on the column. It requires that one tie rod be lengthened and the other shortened by the same amount. If the tie rod lengths are not changed by the same amount, the result will be a change in the toe-in of the car. The diagrams shown illustrate the direction in which to turn the two tie rods in case the steering wheel is slanted in either direction.

 
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