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Old 04-08-2006, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E23 Steering Wheel Nut

I need to get the instrument cluster out (speedo & tach are dead) but I can't get the steering wheel nut to break loose! Is there a trick to it like a hidden set screw or reverse treads? This is driving me (sorry for the pun) NUTS!

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it can be extremely difficult but it is not reverse threded, and there aren't any hidden screws...I had to lock the steering wheel and give it all I got for that dam nut to break loose...try spraying it with some lubricant to see if it will losen.
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...I had to lock the steering wheel and give it all I got for that dam nut to break loose...
I was afraid of that. I'm gonna need a bigger wrench...
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I always used my 1/2" 3' Breakerbar
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Breaker bar

I went to Lowe's to get a breaker bar and the guy said they stopped selling them about 3 years ago. Hmmm... no problem, I walked over to the plumbing dept and got a 36" steel pipe just big enough to fit over my socket wrench handle. That nut came off real sweet & easy.

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It's amazing what one can do with enough leverage congrats
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The most dangerous part of any car: The nut that holds the steering wheel!
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haha yeah make sure you get some lock tite on that nut after you re install it... it would blow to be cruisin down the highway and your steering wheel fall off haha
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