154 Loboy steering wheel

Tue May 30, 2006 11:52 am

OK. This is a dumb question but I could not figure it out and I did not want to break anything so I figured I would consult with the experts.

I need to replace the main wire harness on the 154 (wires started to fall out of sockets and crumble). So I started to disassemble the dash so I would have easy access prior to the harness arriving and ran into a problem removing the steering wheel.

I removed the nut and washer holding it on and thought “man this will be easy” :oops: :oops: . Big mistake for thinking! I then tried to remove the steering wheel and it would not budge. Worked on it for a minute but decided against possible causing bigger problems. :evil: :evil:

So my question is should the steering wheel just slide off, screw off or do I need to get a steering wheel puller?

Thanks for putting up with the dumb question.

Chad

Tue May 30, 2006 12:26 pm

Chad: I have no experience with 154 but on a regular cub the steering wheel is held in place by a key which fits in a groove. You might try applying a penetrant for a day or two. A set of pullers should then allow its removal. I usually place a block of wood on the underside of the hub and tap it to loosen the wheel. Dan

Tue May 30, 2006 1:40 pm

Chad,

This isn't a 154, but the idea should be the same. It's hard to find a way to use a puller on a steering wheel with covered spokes. This is how I got the steering wheel off my 1941 Ford 9N. There was no damage to the covering at all, as there would have been from using heat or impact.

I used a long piece of aircraft cable to make the wrap to distribute the force. I was successful removing the wheel that probably hadn't been off for more than 63 years. :D

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Tue May 30, 2006 2:21 pm

Thanks guys!


I will hit it with penetrating oil again and wait a little while then try a puller.

Just didn't want to break anything without at least knowing how it should come off. At least then I will know what damage I have done when something breaks :D

Chad

Tue May 30, 2006 3:29 pm

Chad, probably not wanting to hear this, but on one of my 154's we had to pull steering wheel, same reasons, however, even with puller, it wasnt gonna budge. Ended up breaking it off and relpacing.

Tue May 30, 2006 10:10 pm

Thanks Doc.

Well if it comes to that so be it. The steering wheel is cracked in many different spots so it wouldn't be so bad to replace it at some point anyway.

Chad

Wed May 31, 2006 3:17 pm

Chad I have seen the wheel removed by wedging your knees up under the wheel thread the nut to flush with the top of the shaft and using a lead hammer or something that will not marr the threads tap on the end of the shaft. That 154 had been sitting out for a few years and it can off fairly easy after a few solid blows. Good luck Steve