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Old 04-08-2007, 06:20 PM   #1
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Hi guys. just a quick question.... How do you remove the center hub of the steering wheel on a 1988 Bonneville SSE?

The wheel center can be levered off with a screwdriver so it is loose but I can't figure out how it actually comes off. There seems to be something in the centre of it holding it in place but I can't see what it is or work out what I am supposed to do with it.


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I'm not sure which piece you're having trouble with. Do you mean the heavy metal ring that prevents the wheel from turning?
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Problem is, I'm not sure what piece I'm having trouble with. There is something behind the steering wheel center right in the middle holding it in place. Problem is I can't see what it is. I've prised it off all the way round the outside but there'* something in the middle that'* still holding it in place.

Not knowing what it is I don't want to be too forceful incase I break something.
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Sounds like it'* hanging up on the splines. You may have to use a steering wheel puller.
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Ok..once you remove the button grouping from the center, you should see a large nut. Once that is removed..then a puller is sometimes required as the splines are a press fit.
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It'* the centre piece with all the buttons on it that I can't get off. So I can't see the big nut.

How is the panel with all the buttons on held on?
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The 90 manual says
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Pry out control button assembly with thin bladed screwdriver along top edge of assembly
You will need a puller if you intend to remove the steering wheel. If you don't have one, you might be able to take advantage of Autozone or Advance'* loaner tool program.
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I've popped a few out with the screwdriver or anything that'* a bit wider but...thin and strong enough to handle the slight pry.
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I think some years had 2 screws that hold that piece. Check on the back side of the steering wheel 'spokes'.
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OK - I got off my lazy butt & looked at our 89 SE. No screws (Chilton'* manual showed them). I used 2 small screwdrivers & pried it off from the top. Took about 5 seconds.
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