Volkswagen Air-Cooled 1970-1981 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 10

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Fig. Fig. 1: To remove the steering wheel, gently pry the center cover loose from the steering wheel ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... then remove the center cover



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the electrical wire hold-down screw then ...



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Fig. Fig. 4: ... and remove the 3 horn handle hold-down screws then ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... pull the horn handle off of the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 6: Make sure not to lose the little springs on the backside of the horn handle hold-down screws



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Fig. Fig. 7: Loosen the steering wheel center nut ...



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Fig. Fig. 8: ... then remove the nut and the large flat washer from the steering shaft



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Fig. Fig. 9: Matchmark the steering wheel to the steering shaft for reassembly ...



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Fig. Fig. 10: ... then remove the steering wheel from the shaft[em -often times it is not necessary to use a puller

  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 match marks 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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