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Old 04-09-2012, 11:03 PM   #1
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Im considering upgrading my steering wheel & I'd like to figure out how to remove the steering wheel first.

I expected to find either a removable pad or a nut under the horn / button under the center/logo cap...all i found was the contact points & springs for the horn button.

I've not yet removed the lower steering wheel shroud, thats my next step...
but i was surprised NOT to find any removable steering wheel padding or screws on the underside of the wheel (that might be holding a cover on).

any idea on the procedure for removing a FL Columbia steering wheel ?
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Oh oh, pretty soon you'll have blue neon washer nozles, chrome and blue neon on all your dash switches, and a skull on the shifter and turn signal stalks. Hahahahaahah. I'll ask my truck mechanic buddy if he's ever taken one off a Columbia.
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dont have to worry 'bout that w/ me...im not much of a chrome (or carbon fiber) guy...

BUT....

ive just finished updating and adding better lighting to all the basement storage bays and toe kicks...i installed LED light strips (20 inches, 75 LEDs per strip)...ive got more light and less electrical load now. (strips are easily soldered together or cut to length).

Im considering adding some under coach LED's for ambient light...but friends are having an intervention to prevent me from doing that
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ive just finished updating and adding better lighting to all the basement storage bays and toe kicks...i installed LED light strips (20 inches, 75 LEDs per strip)...ive got more light and less electrical load now. (strips are easily soldered together or cut to length).
Post some night pictures of the new lighting!
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will do ! photos in the storage bay are difficult - but next time were out ill get some photos.

here are the lights i bought - the seem to be good quality (despite my isolated problem of obtaining them).

12V 75-LED White Light Strip (50cm) - Free Shipping - DealExtreme
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Bushpilot-what model Freightliner do you have. I took my horn button out of the steering wheel the other day (electric horn not working) and the button is a self contained unit. The nut that retains the steering wheel to the steering shaft was visible under it. I have a '07 Century series.
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gordy - its an 04 columbia, w/ what i call the m2 dash cluster...that is to say it does not have separate individual gauges rather the gauges are part of a cluster (behind some "glass" w/ the speedo & tach)

when i pulled the horn button/cover all i see are some springs and contacts for the horn, it has occurred to me that the logo/cover maybe the 1st layer and that i may need to pull the next layer made up of the springs & contacts - but i was uncertain.

ill look again and take some pictures.
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it has occurred to me that the logo/cover maybe the 1st layer and that i may need to pull the next layer made up of the springs & contacts - but i was uncertain.
That would be my guess. Regardless of year or make, somewhere in there there's a big nut on a splined shaft.

You may need a puller to get the wheel off the shaft.
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yeah im familiar w/ the process and have several pullers.

im being overly careful (for the moment) but didnt see a seam below the horn contact/guts so im not even sure how or where it would come out.
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That's a lot different than mine then. Good luck.
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