914 Steering Wheel Horn Button Removal
356 Steering Column With Horn Button Removed
The Club with Breaker Bar to Remove Steering Wheel
||Forward: The steering wheel removal procedure is
similar for many cars. The car shown here is a Porsche 914, but the general
principles can be applied to just about any car.
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.
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