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#1 tinbender7 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 13, 2011 - 08:52 PM

I have a 70's Sears Roper GT18 tractor that the steering wheel appears to be be rusted on the shaft anybody have any tricks to get it off. I have already broke 1 wheel puller. It has 3 spokes and the pullers I have do not set on it center

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Posted December 13, 2011 - 09:15 PM

Heat, i dont know if you have torches or a welding machine but thats the best way
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Posted December 13, 2011 - 11:32 PM

If it's a hollow shaft, watch where you are pushing on it. If you mushroom it at all, it's permanently on there.
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Posted December 14, 2011 - 05:03 AM

Patience, penetrating oil, heat and a puller that will seat well under the wheel. I had a stuck wheel on a MF8. I just applied penetrating oil and some heat and tightened the puller on it. I just kept heating and letting it cool once a day and kept it soaking in the oil. In about a week it popped off but it still took a lot of force. I think the thermal cycles help to break the mechanical bond. Some tapping or rocking of the wheel side to side will help but be careful not to bend something. Good luck with it.
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Posted December 14, 2011 - 05:09 AM

A bearing separator always works for me.
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Posted December 14, 2011 - 06:20 AM

Good info and great timing for me because mines coming off the MF12 first thing-I hope. Wish I had a bearing separator. My existing wheel is toast so I only have to
be concerned about protecting the shaft.-------LeeB

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Posted December 14, 2011 - 07:02 AM

You can make your own tool with a couple of pieces of angle iron and a couple of bolts...works for me.

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Posted December 14, 2011 - 07:09 AM

That looks good Harry,and I bet it works nicely as well.

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 02:36 PM

You can make your own tool with a couple of pieces of angle iron and a couple of bolts...works for me.



Yup the angle iron works real good, I made up a set justike that about a year ago, Looks exacttly the same,I think it took about a month to get a steering wheel off a cc 100. That was the first thing I did when i got it was sin it with pb blaster and tappin on the nut. Did it 2-3 a day and it finally popped off with the angle iron and a lil heat. mess the threadsup either. It def, took alot of patience and time to get it off but ell woth the wait
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Posted December 29, 2011 - 07:42 AM

I bought an inexpensive puller and separator from Harbor Freight. I spray WD-40 on the shaft a day or so before I want to pull the wheel and they pop right off. I have used the hammer on the shaft method also and don't care to do it that way. You may end up hurting the threads and the shaft.
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