How to Remove a Steering Wheel From a Chevy S10by Russell Wood
The steering wheel of your vehicle can become very personal. After all, it's the one thing you always touch when driving, and it's the navigation for your ride. If that steering wheel becomes cracked and brittle like some do after time, then you need to replace it. But before you do that, you need to first remove the original steering wheel, which should take about 15 minutes. In this case, the project vehicle is a 1990 Chevrolet S10 pickup, but the process is similar for other vehicles as well.
Turn the steering wheel from side to side until it locks into place. This will make the process a bit easier, as the wheel won't be turning as you work.
Remove the horn button in the center of the steering wheel by pulling it off towards you. This will expose the steering wheel nut at the center.
Unbolt the center bolt from the steering wheel, using the 1/2-inch ratchet, extension and socket. This might free the steering wheel right away, but most likely you'll have to proceed to the next step.
Position the steering wheel puller on the steering wheel such that the center bolt on the puller is on the center shaft of the wheel. Then thread in the bolts supplied with the puller into the two threaded holes on either side of the center shaft on the wheel.
Tighten down the center bolt on the steering wheel puller using the 1/2-inch ratchet and socket until the steering wheel pops free. Then remove the steering wheel puller from the steering wheel.
Things You'll Need
- 1/2-inch ratchet, extension and socket set
- Steering wheel puller
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.