1973 to 1985 Steering Wheel Removal and Replacement

Jun 15, 2023


Welcome to Grafco Electric's comprehensive guide on removing and replacing the steering wheel of your 1973 to 1985 vehicle. In this step-by-step tutorial, we will provide you with detailed instructions and useful tips to ensure a successful steering wheel removal and replacement process.

Why Remove and Replace Your Steering Wheel?

Understanding the importance of removing and replacing the steering wheel is essential for various reasons. Over time, steering wheels can experience wear and tear, resulting in discomfort or potential safety hazards. By replacing your worn-out steering wheel with a new one, you can enhance your driving experience and restore the overall functionality of your vehicle's steering system.

Tools and Materials Required

  • Socket set
  • Steering wheel puller
  • Torque wrench
  • Protective gloves
  • Allen wrench set
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Can of compressed air

Step 1: Prepare for Steering Wheel Removal

Before starting the removal process, it is crucial to prioritize your safety. Ensure that your vehicle is parked in a secure location and the ignition is turned off. Additionally, disconnect the negative battery terminal to prevent any accidental airbag deployment.

Step 2: Remove the Horn Assembly

The horn assembly is typically located in the center of the steering wheel. Begin by locating the access screws or bolts and remove them using an appropriate socket. Once the screws are removed, gently lift the horn assembly away from the steering wheel. Pay close attention to any electrical connectors and disconnect them carefully.

Step 3: Loosen the Steering Wheel Nut

Locate the steering wheel nut, which is usually located below the horn assembly. Use a socket wrench and appropriate socket size to loosen the nut. It may require some force as the nut is often tightened to prevent loosening while driving.

Step 4: Use a Steering Wheel Puller

Attach a steering wheel puller to the steering wheel. The puller provides pressure and leverage to remove the wheel from its shaft. Follow the instructions provided with the puller to ensure correct usage. Slowly turn the puller's screw until the steering wheel pops off the shaft.

Step 5: Install the New Steering Wheel

Before installing the new steering wheel, inspect the shaft for any debris or damage. Clean it using a can of compressed air and ensure a smooth surface. Align the new steering wheel with the shaft and push it firmly until it engages with the splines on the shaft. Tighten the nut using a torque wrench to the manufacturer's specified torque.

Step 6: Reassemble the Horn Assembly

Reconnect any electrical connectors and position the horn assembly back onto the steering wheel. Secure it in place using the previously removed screws or bolts. Ensure proper alignment and functionality by testing the horn before proceeding.

Step 7: Reconnect the Battery and Test

Reconnect the negative battery terminal and ensure it is securely fastened. Turn on the ignition and test the steering wheel for smooth operation. Check the functionality of the horn and any steering wheel controls, if applicable.


Congratulations! You have successfully completed the steering wheel removal and replacement process for your 1973 to 1985 vehicle. Grafco Electric hopes that this comprehensive guide has provided you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively replace your steering wheel and enhance your driving experience. Remember to prioritize safety throughout the process and refer to your vehicle's specific manual for any additional instructions or precautions.

Pablo Estrada
This guide is a lifesaver! 🙌 It's so helpful for anyone looking to remove and replace their steering wheel on a 1973 to 1985 vehicle. Thank you!
Oct 6, 2023