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Old 04-09-2013, 04:01 PM   #1
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How do I remove the steering wheel?

I have a 2002 focus se wagon. I need to replace the clockspring. I can get it all apart down to the point of pulling the steering wheel off. But it won't budge. If I take the center bolt all the way out, I can see some gray colored material that appears to be between the shaft and the wheel. Could it be some sort of loctite? I've tried everything I can think of to get it off. Please help! Thanks.


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Do you need a puller to get the wheel off?
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I can't find one that will work with this car.

The steering wheel has no threaded holes for a standard wheel puller to attach. I tried a 2 jaw puller but it wouldn't fit around the wheel to a point that it would grab anything solid.
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You need to remove the airbag to get the wheel off, if I remember correctly it's just mounted on the steering column by a big nut behind the airbag. I don't think the steering wheel needs to come all the way off to change the clockspring.
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I don't understand. You should have just a center bolt and it comes right off.

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I thought it would just pull off.

I've read on multiple posts that it would just pull off but it doesn't. The ignition switch was replaced by a locksmith before I owned the vehicle. I wonder if he put loctite on the shaft. Like I said, there appears to be something gray in color that was put on the shaft before the steering wheel was put on. For those who have had there's off. Was there gray stuff on yours?
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My bad, as usual I didn't fully read your first post. Yeah, the wheel should come off freely if you have the bolt out. I changed a clockspring once and the wheel came off easily after the bolt was out and I don't remember any kind of loctite or anything else, there should be no need for it.
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Mine has a 6 sided opening as shown. It slides on with a slight taper. You certainly don't have a factory installation. The Focus wheel is the easiest one of any car to remove.


** here's a how-to, disregard the new wheel info.
http://www.focusowners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18703
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Doesn't quite work for me

The airbag is out, the center bolt is removed, but the steering wheel will not pull off.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:37 PM   #10
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Exactly like the pic

Mine looks exactly like the picture in the photo. I unthreaded the bolt half way out, pulled on the wheel with all I had while somebody whacked the center bolt with a hammer. No go.
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