reinstalling the steering wheel on an 87 5ktq

Ti Kan ti at
Sat Aug 13 21:13:31 EDT 2005

George Tur writes:
> My son was working on his 5ktq this afternoon, replacing the ignition switch, 
> and after putting the steering wheel back on we noticed that the horn didn't 
> work any more. A check of the steering wheel shows that the steering wheel is 
> not seated on the steering shaft as deeply as it was before. We tried pushing 
> it on as hard as we can and we've torqued the nut on pretty tight, but the 
> steering wheel is still about a quarter inch further out then it was before. 
> Is there some trick to getting the steering wheel seated all the way down on 
> the shaft, like a specific torque setting, or a big rubber maller?

You shouldn't have to use any undue force to get the steering wheel to
seat properly.  Remove the nut and wheel, make sure that the horn contact
is properly installed on the wheel, and then reinstall the wheel gently,
aligning the wheel to the splines on the shaft.  The 24mm nut should be
torqued down to 30 ft-lbs.

Ti Kan
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