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Unread 04-29-2009, 11:33 PM   #11
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Another 2 hours spent in the hot garage tonight, and absolutely didnt budge it an inch. I am completely blown away that I cant get this steering wheel off.

I bought a pulling tool today thinking that would do the trick. Wrong. You're immediately at a disadvantage since there are no bolt holes to sink the supplied bolts into.(like on a conventional car steering wheel) I had to drill holes, and since the back of the steering wheel is convex, the bolts wont stay straight when you start torquing on it. I put 2 inch washers on the back of the wheel and I'll be damned if it didnt just suck them right up throgh the plastic. The harder I would turn the pulling bolt, the more the plastic would distort, to the point where the steering wheel is now mangled, and the pulling tool is useless. The washers were bent like taco shells.

So I tried once again with putting my knees behind the wheel and striking the spline with a hammer and punch. Nothing. But i am pretty sure I damaged the threads to the point where the 1" nut wont go back on. I cant understand why it wont come off. The cart is barely 5 years old, and pristine. No rust anywhere.

Monumentally frustrated. I'm trailering it tomorrow and taking it to my local cart shop. I'm tired of screwing with this, I'll see what they can do with it.
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Unread 04-30-2009, 06:48 AM   #12
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A standard car steering wheel puller will work,

Good luck!


Sorry, Maybe I should have said, "...It may work..."

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Unread 04-30-2009, 08:36 AM   #13
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Sorry to hear that you are still having problems with steering wheel. Yours and mine are
( NOT ) the norm for sure? Most come loose very easily with a little leg and hammer work.
It sounds as if you may have to have the shaft replaced as you should NEVER take nut clear off and pound on shaft.
In my case the shaft was streched enough under the nut that I had to rethread the end but this all happened with nut flush with end of shaft.
I know mine was near the ocean for all of its life, and was wondering if your was too? This could account for being frozen on, but in my case the wheel was not indexed correctly on shaft so the spline was twisted some by driving it on with a air wrench Im sure??
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Unread 04-30-2009, 08:58 AM   #14
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Lol, no worries guys. I appreciate all the tips. I'm sure this is abnormal. I just hope I havent damaged it in the process.

Now that you mention it, I bought my cart from a dealer in Texas, but it came from Los Altos Country Club in the San Francisco Bay area. It still had the GC badging on it when I purchased it. It's very possible that it's proximity to the ocean may have something to do with it.
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Unread 04-30-2009, 09:14 AM   #15
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Let Us Know How It Comes Out At The Dealer As We Can All Learn From Others.
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Unread 04-30-2009, 09:36 AM   #16
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It looks like these homemade pullers were not a bad idea compared to all the trouble you have had here
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