I've finally reached the point in the dismantle that I get the joy of dealing with a rusted-on steering wheel. The nut had to soak for three days in PB oil before it would come off, and even then it required a breaker bar. Since then, I've been soaking the top of the shaft/wheel mount in PB, for a total of a week now, with additional daily does of oil. And I cannot get this #@%&! thing off.
The manual shows only the nut and washer; no additional parts. Is there anything else I need to take off (e.g., some kind of pin or keeper)?
I think I've tried every trick I've found on this forum and others. I tried a three-arm puller, which only pulled straight through the plastic on the wheel. I tried hitting the tension bolt of the puller, but to no avail. A large socket and a hammer from the top didn't budge it, nor did a pipe wrench and a hammer from the bottom.
So, I think I've reached the point that it's time to cut it off. Any advice on how to do this?
Also, I still need to figure out a way to remove the one on the parts unit. It still has the center cap on the wheel, and isn't rusted nearly as badly. I started the PB soak on it today. Unfortunately, it seems to be pretty well rusted on too.
I'd appreciate any insights the experts can offer. If I didn't already have a fair amount of time and a little bit of money invested in this thing, I might have grabbed the sledge hammer today.