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2nRichard    Posted 05-15-2018 at 17:22:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Steering wheel removal
  • I find myself needing to pull the steering wheel off my 2N. I have worked on it twice now with no luck. I just read Bruceís tip on this and tried his pulling several times, also with no luck. I have all kinds of pullers but nothing that looks like it will hook up to the three spokes of the wheel. Anybody have any other ideas, Thanks in advance, Richard

    Rustyal    Posted 05-15-2018 at 19:36:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • A little heat and a hammer.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 05-15-2018 at 18:48:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The 2N has a spring-loaded steering column cap with a grease fitting. On mine, pressing down on that cap provided just enough gap to get my big 3-jaw puller on it. My 3-jaw puller is a caged puller. Tightening the cage locks the jaws on the part, so they cannot slip off. I put a piece of scrap 1/4" steel on top of the column to protect the threads. The bolt could be left on with a gap, so the steering wheel can move. Make sure you engage enough threads, so the puller doesn't just strip the nut or threads. I didn't want to risk messing up either the nut or the threads.

    Now the big secret (get a big hammer). Once that puller is as tight as you can get it, take the big hammer and give the side of the steering wheel hub a whack. There should be room to swing from the left side opposite the throttle. One or two good whacks is all it should take. I sometimes have to re-tighten the puller and whack it again if it popped and stuck.

    2nRichard    Posted 05-15-2018 at 20:06:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I did not know that the steering column cap was spring loaded. I have several three jaw pullers, the nut on the wheel shaft is an acorn type so Iíll go get a nut that will provide a flat surface for the puller. I can apply some heat and use that BFH and see what happens..The reason for all this is I was installing a set of new tires and wheels and was using a skid steer to lift the tires and wheels and caught the steering wheel with the corner of the bucket and some of the black plastic stuff got broke off (My Bad), I needed a new steering wheel anyway. I replaced both hat rims, tires, tubes and had them filled with something they call BioBalest.. I should never have to buy another rear tire hopefully. Thanks for the help, Richard

    Larry    Posted 05-16-2018 at 04:44:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • That BioBalest sounds like a great product. Where did you get it and did you put it in yourself? I've read on how to put in liquid into the tires but sounds like a long complicated procedure.

    2nRichard    Posted 05-16-2018 at 09:51:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Morning Larry, I got the BioBalest from a Commercial Tire Co here locally, it cost about $2.85 per gal and they put in for me around 27 gals per rear tire which adds about 200 lbs per tire,, that about the same price as RV antifreeze and other products and I didnít have to touch it..For two new rims, two tires, two tubes and the balest installed Iím in for about $1350.00. I could not find any hat rims so I went with after market hoop rims, this is not a restoration but is a working tractor the I use for pasture mowing, driveway bladeing and snow removal and it has served me will for the past 30 years or so and deserves a set of new tires.

    JMOR    Posted 05-16-2018 at 12:07:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • this looks promising

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 05-16-2018 at 13:18:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have removed many the same way.

    2nRichard    Posted 05-16-2018 at 19:50:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks to all for the advice, I was able to get the steering wheel off and replaced with a new used one (much better than the old one). I ground down a three small jaw puller and was able to get it under the center part, used a little PB and it came right off.. Iím back in business, life is good then you find the N Forum, Thanks again, Richard

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