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Non Airbag Steering Wheel Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Non Airbag Steering Wheel Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

24mm socket, breaker bar

Applicable Models:

Porsche 944 Turbo (1986-89)

Hot Tip:

Do NOT use the ignition lock while loosening the nut

Performance Gain:

Access to other components

Complementary Modification:

New shift knob

The removal of the steering will allow you access to the gauges, column switches and host of other systems on the car. Also, if you would like to upgrade the steering wheel, you will need to first remove the old one. This article covers steering wheel removal on non-airbag steering wheels found on the Porsche 944s and Porsche 951s. If you have an airbag equiped wheel, this article is not for you.

Removal of the wheel is quick and simple. You really only need to remember a few things. First, park the car with the front wheels lined up as straight as you can get them. Once you remove the wheel, unless you have marked its place on the steering shaft, do not move the wheels or shaft. Never use the ignition lock to the hold the wheel in place while breaking the 24mm nut free, if you cannot hold the wheel while breaking the nut free, get a friend to help. Using the ignition lock will just result in damaging the lock and a costly and time consuming repair.

Begin with the wheels straight and the steering wheel level (red arrow).
Figure 1

Begin with the wheels straight and the steering wheel level (red arrow). Notice the key is out of the ignition so we will not be tempted to use the lock when removing the 24mm nut (yellow arrow).

Simply pull the center pads off of the wheel (red arrow).
Figure 2

Simply pull the center pads off of the wheel (red arrow).

On the reverse side of the pad you can see the three horn contacts (red arrows) and the clip that holds the pad to the wheel (green arrow).
Figure 3

On the reverse side of the pad you can see the three horn contacts (red arrows) and the clip that holds the pad to the wheel (green arrow). On the steering wheel you can see the horn contacts (yellow arrows).

Reach into the opening on the wheel and disconnect the ground wire for the horn contacts (red arrow).
Figure 4

Reach into the opening on the wheel and disconnect the ground wire for the horn contacts (red arrow).

Use a 24mm socket and a breaker bar.
Figure 5

Use a 24mm socket and a breaker bar. Carefully brace the wheel with your free arm and legs and break the steering shaft nut free (red arrow). Again, do NOT use the ignition lock to hold the wheel in place. Get a friend to help if you are not strong enough to do it by yourself.

Remove the 24mm nut (red arrow) and the large wavy washer (yellow arrow) from the steering shaft.
Figure 6

Remove the 24mm nut (red arrow) and the large wavy washer (yellow arrow) from the steering shaft. Do NOT reinstall the nut without the washer. The washer helps lock the nut in place.

Now is a good time to reach in with a marker and mark the position of the steering shaft and wheel (red arrow).
Figure 7

Now is a good time to reach in with a marker and mark the position of the steering shaft and wheel (red arrow). This is especially helpful if you think something might get moved while the wheel is off.

You can now simply pull the wheel straight off (red arrow).
Figure 8

You can now simply pull the wheel straight off (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal. Follow all the steps and precautions listed above.









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