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HomeTech Articles > Steering Wheel Removal and Installation

Pelican Technical Article:

Steering Wheel Removal
and Installation

Difficulty Level 2

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Figure 1:
914 Steering Wheel Horn Button Removal

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Figure 2:
356 Steering Column With Horn Button Removed

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Figure 3:
The Club with Breaker Bar to Remove Steering Wheel

    If there is ever any work that needs to be performed on the inner dash or turn signal switch area, you will definitely need to remove the steering wheel. This seemingly easy process can prove harmful to your car if not performed properly. The first step is to remove the horn button from the center of the wheel. On the 356s & 914s, this is accomplished by holding the wheel and twisting the center horn button in a counter clock-wise direction. This is displayed in Figure 1, as shown on a 914. When removing the horn button assembly, be sure to be careful of the horn signal wire which is attached to the center horn button assembly. This is usually attached with an insert-type wire connector.

   Once the horn button assembly is removed, access to the center nut may be attained, as shown in Figure 2 on a 356. If you happen to own an impact wrench and air compressor, then the process of removing this nut is quite simple.    However, if you're like the rest of us, and lacking both money and garage space, you will need an alternative method. The important thing to remember is not to turn the wheel all the way to the end of the rack & pinion (914) or steering box (356). Holding the wheel steady while untorquing the center nut doesn't really work either.  This nut is 27mm on the 911 and 912.

   An alternative safe method involves using a 2-ft breaker bar or socket wrench, and the anti-theft device called The Club. You will also need a large socket (29-30mm for the 356 & 914) to remove the center nut. The procedure is simple: clamp down and lock the club around the steering wheel. then position the breaker bar within gripping distance of the club. This is shown in Figure 3. Take the breaker bar and club and squeeze them together.  The combined leverage from the two bars should be enough to loosen up the center nut. After the nut is removed, the steering wheel should simply slide out from the splined center shaft. In some cases the wheel may need to be tugged on, or some WD-40 or equivalent loosening oil may need to be used. Make sure the breaker bar or club doesn't impact the windshield.   You may want to mark the steering wheel with a permanent marker or a punch so that you can realign it properly when you reinstall it later on.

   Reassembly is basically the reverse of removal. Use the club and a toque wrench (if you have one), to torque the wheel to about 40 ft-lbs. When reattaching the center horn button assembly, make sure that you don't pinch the wire that activates the horn. Also, make sure that the wire is firmly attached, or you might have a few embarrassing moments with a stuck horn.

   Well, that’s about it. If you have any questions or comments about this helpful tip, please drop us a line.

Comments and Suggestions:
Mean951 Comments: Could I use a Impact gun to remove the nut?
July 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would not recommend that. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
74-914 Comments: Just a follow up to a previous post. I have a 74 914 and the steering nut is a 27mm on mine as well.
July 8, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Alan Comments: Hi, I am just replacing the original steering wheel on my 68 911E. I managed to take it apart thanks to the advice above but I cannot see how to connect the horn wire. May be I am missing a piece. Does anyone have a picture? Regards, Alan
July 5, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have one.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Aaron Comments: I am installing a Momo hub part# L0231 and steering wheel on a late 1974 Porsche 911. In the hub kit there is a wire with one bare end and one connector. I know the connector goes to the horn button on the wheel but I am not sure how the bare end is supposed to connect to the steering wheel horn connection disk unsure of exact part name - part in the photo. Thanks for the help!
June 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am going by memory here. But one wire is grounded, the other connects from through the steering wheel, the horn button connecting the two, when the horn is pressed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Daytona Comments: I have managed on a 911 85 to remove the hornpad, but the nut itself might have been sprayed with loctite or something. Any idea of how to loosen it up as right now it-s not moving at all!
April 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can try to lightly heat it with a heat gun. Be careful not to melt or overheat nearby parts. The heat should free the Loctite. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
dill Comments: wold like to dye sterimg colom dushing but cant find it 1984 944
February 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Richie Comments: Can a 912 steering wheel be fitted onto a 924?
September 11, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I have never tried. I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rick Comments: the way you show the club and breaker bar to remove the steering wheel ,,,looks like it is a reverse treads,,is that so .
July 18, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is right hand thread. The photo has the bar resting on the wrong side. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
lmerreyes Comments: hi i got 1988 924s porsche automatic and i need rack and pinion
my question is can i used rack and pinion coming for 1981 manual turbo 924
July 1, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not 100% sure if it will fit. My gut says no. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you sort out if it will work. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tony Comments: I have got a 911l 1968 and need to remove the steering wheel ive tried turning it like my 356B but definately not working.
It has the wooden centre with the emblem please advise

Tony
February 26, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it doesn't come off by rotating it counterclockwise I am stumped. I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Drew Comments: How do I remove the steering wheel on a 1989 928S4?
February 15, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Grab the horn pad on the side and gently pull toward you until it pops off. Disconnect the wires, then place horn pad in a safe lace. Remove the center nut and remove the steering wheel. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Joe Comments: I'm trying to remove the horn pad on my 1987 911 targa. I need to replace the upper column bushing because of movement in the column but can't figure out how to get the pad off, to get at the wheel nut. There are two pop rivet looking gadgets on the under side at each end of the pad which are covered by a plastic trim piece, and they may or may or may not be removable, but in any case don't look friendly. Would appreciate some direction.
November 23, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try this tech article:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Mult_Steering_Wheel/Mult_Steering_Wheel.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jim Comments: i have lots of play in the steering wheel of my 1986 911 targa.... need to know how to remove horn button...
June 4, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Rotate it counterclockwise, it should pop off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Finalea Comments: The 356A Porsche has two holes in back of the steering wheel hub. Insert a very thin punch and push to remove the center Horn Button. You then have access to the steering wheel nut. If you try turning the hub first..you will certainly break something expensive.
March 7, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
george Comments: need to have a drawing on a 914 steering wheel porsche 914 1974 where does the wire go to anddo i need a horn contect to work?
January 16, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you share a photo of the wire you need help with? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
duke Comments: can u tell me what sise do i ask for when it comes to a 914 steering universal joint
can u save the argument
and will u send parts to australia
laurie
November 28, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/shopcart/SubCat/9144-Suspension.htm


Or

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Nik Comments: Can I replace my 912 horn button with one from a 914 which has a Porsche logo and appears to be the same size as mine. They both twist off in the same manner. Stottard wants a fortune for the ring and leather center piece on the 912. If I can swap them, is there a good source?
October 29, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Line the two up, if they match on the back attaching side, it should work. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
p914 Comments: What are th two hoses connected to the steering wheel for I had to replace my ignition switch with key and now it just clicks ...any help would be greatly appreciated its a 1974. Thanks
October 1, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not following you. Could you share a photo of the hoses? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Deiter Comments: Hello, just wanted to mention that a 1977 911S steering wheel horn button pulls straight off towards the driver's chest, not counter-clockwise. If you try turning it counter-clockwise, it's going to get broken.
August 23, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
dgj Comments: Note that on my 1970 914, the steering wheel nut was actually 27mm. I don't know if it was the doing of a previous owner or due to the early nature of the car; my local aircooled VW parts/repair house said that Type 1s are generally 27mm.
February 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Sawfish Comments: "The important thing to remember is not to turn the wheel all the way to the end of the rack & pinion"
Why is this can someone explain?
January 22, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can turn the wheel to the end of the rack, but just don't force it against the end to remove the wheel. That may damage the rack. Instead, simply hold the steering wheel steady using a device like "The Club". - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
witz Comments: How do I remove the horn button on a 356A
December 27, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's been years since I've removed mine, but on my 356B, you had to rotate the horn button counter clockwise, and then it would lift off. I'm not sure if the 356A models worked the same. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
ehmata Comments: Can i replace the steering wheel on a 1989 c4 964 porsche with the steering wheel from a 1996 911?
November 12, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure. I check the part numbers on the steering column shafts, and they are indeed different. That said, the splines might be the same. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
912polo Comments: I recently replaced the orginal steering wheel. The indicator switch is not working it was broken before replacement. Is there a bump out or pin that should be on the back of the steering wheel that nudges the turning signal points back into position? If so do you have a photo?
November 7, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, there is a little tab that needs to be properly lined up in order for the turn signal cancel to work properly. Sorry, but I don't have a photo handy at this time. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
csimeon Comments: This tip is for removing the "hockey puck" of early 911, 912 can be used on hard to twist butterfly horn buttons as well though. With just a hub to grasp made of brittle plastic you will not have as much leverage as with the butterfly. Here's a trick that works:

Since the binding is 3 "U" shaped metal springs snuck in a ring with three concave recepticles
- look at photos to understand HOW the cap is bound to the steering assembly
- while pushing in start working back and forth, you will feel the "U" bend and give lightly each way. Each time push a little further rocking the cap left-right, increase pressure at the ends of each motion and use the momentum back the other way. After a 3-4 times after you feel the motion has expanded the limits give a good tug to the left, counter-clock-wise - if it was a tight fix, like mine was, the above will work.
- Don't just apply steady force as you would if you were unscrewing
September 18, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Sparky Comments: Great idea and works well on '78 911SC. Could have run the compressor hose out to car but needed the Club anyways. Thanks for placing this online!
February 22, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Razza Comments: How do I remove a 928 steering wheel? 1984 928S model.
Cheers
Razza
January 7, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: remove the horn pad by gripping it on both ends with your hands and giving it a firm tug toward
you. T - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
steverowlands Comments: I have the same problem. My car guy said he could put some spacer washer and remove most of the play.
January 6, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
rallen911 Comments: That's funny. I just noticed the same thing in my '86 Carerra. I'm guessing that the bushings are shot, but I haven't gotten too far in the diagnosis yet.

Good Luck!

Rob
September 10, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
George Comments: My steering wheel has up and down movement, not sure what the problem is .
I have a 1983 911SC
Any help would be fantastic.
George
September 8, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may need to replace the steering column bushing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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