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Steering wheel removal 1955 CJ 5

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by LaFlamaBlanca, May 27, 2011.

  1. May 27, 2011
    LaFlamaBlanca

    LaFlamaBlanca New Member

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    What is the best way to go about removing the steering wheel from my 1955 cj 5? I have tried using a puller but it seems to be stuck.
     
  2. May 27, 2011
    Twin2

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    I guess that you have removed Horn button and steering wheel shaft nut - cause you said you used a puller - dead blow hammer from back side - WD40 helps
     
  3. May 28, 2011
    Walt Couch

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    his worked for unclebill.
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  4. May 28, 2011
    mb82

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    I would use a real penetrating lube like PB blaster( in my mind the best stuff most people can get) not WD-40. WD-40 does what it was intended very well which is to dissipate water but it is no penetrating lube.
     
  5. May 28, 2011
    unclebill

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    yeah and it worked great.
    soaked it with pb blaster
    loosened the nut and stacked washers on it.
    put the strap and jack on it and tightened it every once in a while.
    after a while i was doing something else and heard a crack like a bullwhip.
    went and looked.
    it had popped off.
    my patented tenichnique wont mar the steering wheel either!
     
  6. May 28, 2011
    betty_ford_79

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    For the steering wheel in my '55, I used a bearing puller under the steering wheel and a two-jaw puller over the top. I kept the nut on the steering shaft to protect the threads. I knew it was on there tight so I had soaked the nut/shaft/steering wheel with penetrating lube (not WD-40 but I can't remember what kind) over the course of a week or so. I was very, very careful in applying force to the puller but even still, I ended up crushing the threaded end of the steering shaft - only the first 3 or four threads but that's enough. The steering wheel eventually came off but only after I applied heat, ended up breaking some of the steering wheel material off, and generally ruining the whole thing. I wasn't upset about ruining the steering wheel since it was going to be thrown away anyway. Finding a new steering shaft turned out to be quite an adventure.

    In short, I recommend unclebill's solution. Don't use my method.

    Wayne
     
  7. May 31, 2011
    dohc281

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    Try a search, I remember reading about methods that were a lot safer than the above methods.:rofl:
     
  8. Jul 26, 2011
    unclebill

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    whats dangerous about what i did?
     
  9. Jul 26, 2011
    billybbean

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    Nothing that I can see. Pretty crafty IMHO.

    I've had good luck with Kroil as a penetrating oil.
     
  10. Jul 26, 2011
    Philip-TX

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    Some are harder than other I guess.

    I tried lots of pullers, slide hammers and was generous with PB Blaster.

    Uncle Bill's method finally did it.

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  11. Jul 27, 2011
    unclebill

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    using stuff that we all already have is a big plus.
     
  12. Jul 27, 2011
    Hawk5274

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    Been there, done that, What works is a life saver.
     
  13. Jul 27, 2011
    Patrick

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    I don't see anything dangerous..
     
  14. Jul 28, 2011
    Cap-n-Cray

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    I like WD40...Job security. I used to use WD40 to stop squeaks in file cabinets drawers for a bank I was on contract with. After about a year I had to come back and replace the drawer glides. WD40 dry out all the lubrication and the glides self destructed.

    I use white lithium grease on slow moving parts now.

    I like unclebill's remover. Probable should be patented. Use what you have like a Jeep.
     

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