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Old 11-15-2011, 10:28 PM
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Help! Steering wheel removal

I am mid project and am hoping someone can help me out here. I have removed the airbag completly and am looking at this...



I have the 10mm Hex socket but cannot budge the damn center bolt. I can't imagine this is reverse thread but even tried that... Any guidance would really be appreciated! Also, is there a trick to keep the steering wheel from moving while trying to crack the bolt?

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Re: Help! Steering wheel removal

those center bolts for steering wheels usually have a torque of around 35 ft/lbs. at least it was on my passat. So you really gotta crank on it pretty good. i also believe they have limited use and you should mark it with a sharpie that you did re-tighten it. max use of like 3 times for that bolt. get a long breaker and it will come out pretty easily. Also it is NOT reverse threaded...
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Re: Help! Steering wheel removal

Thanks for the quick response. I ended up doing just that and used a small breaker bar to crack the bolt. Once that came loose the rest was cake. I now have a woodgrain free Overland
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Re: Help! Steering wheel removal

Hello Six Four Zero,

Do you have a part number for the leather wheel? Is it heated still?

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Old 11-16-2011, 10:35 AM
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Re: Help! Steering wheel removal

The part number of my wheel is: 05057580AD
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Re: Help! Steering wheel removal

The first number ending in AD is the part number. You can get the all leather limited wheel that is heated.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:29 AM
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Sweet!! My wheel IS a limited wheel and the heated funtion works!!

I completely forgot that the limited had the heated leather wheel as well, thanks jp467 - it would have gone unnoticed!
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Re: Help! Steering wheel removal

nice work! Is this straight forward as you make it out to be? How long did it take? I am considering an overland, but really dislike the wheel with the black interior.
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:27 PM
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Re: Help! Steering wheel removal

Yes very easy. First disconnect the battery for at least a few min then remove the two 10mm bolts holding the airbag onto the wheel. Unclip the wire harnesses in behind then move onto the stubborn 10mm hex mentioned above. Once that's out the wheel came off with almost no force at all. Had a wheel puller handy but it was not needed. That's it!

** EDIT ** It has been learned that you risk damage to the clockspring if the wheel is not held straight throughout the install process!! Be very carefull and remove at your own risk!
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Re: Help! Steering wheel removal

sounds simple enough to me...I won't hesitate with the overland knowing this info. Thanks!
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Re: Help! Steering wheel removal

Where did you get the wheel and how much was it? I googled the part number and came up with this thread only.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:33 PM
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Re: Help! Steering wheel removal

I picked the wheel up on eBay for about $120 but it doesnt look like there is much out there right now. Just keep an eye out and one will pop up eventually.
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