How to Remove the Steering Wheel on a 1981 Chevrolet Corvette

The steering wheel on a 1981 Corvette is one of the primary means of controlling the vehicle. Over time, the leather wrap on the wheel can start to break down and make the steering wheel uncomfortable to hold. To fix the problem, you can either replace the steering wheel entirely, or remove it to have it re-wrapped by an upholstery shop. Either method involves removing the steering wheel from the car, which should take about 10 minutes.

Tools Used: 1/2-inch ratchet, extension and socket set, Steering wheel puller

Remove Steering Wheel

Sit in the driver's seat. Pull the horn button off the center of the steering wheel to expose the steering wheel nut underneath.

Unbolt the steering wheel nut from the steering column using the 1/2-inch ratchet, extension and socket. Install the steering wheel puller so the center of the puller is on the center of the steering column, and the bolts on the side of the puller are threaded into the threaded inserts on the sides of the steering column.

Tighten the center bolt on the steering wheel puller using the ratchet. Tighten it until the steering wheel comes off of the center shaft of the steering column. Unbolt the steering wheel puller from the steering wheel.

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