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10-23-2002, 02:44 AM
I am trying to tighten a wooden steering wheel on my 59 BT7. The little screws around the wheel (behind the trafficator) are tight but the wheel is loose.

Before I break the trafficator, I think I had better ask for help in getting the trafficator off/steering wheel tightened.

Thanks,

Will HArrison
1959 BT7

bighly
10-23-2002, 10:08 AM
I guess it depends upon what you mean by loose.

If you have a telescopic (adjustable) steering column then tighten the stop ring. But thats probably too easy.

If yours is non-adjustable you'll need to get to the column nut and tighten that.

If you have play then your opening another bag of worms such as idler, idler arm, bushings etc.

Dave Russell
10-23-2002, 05:23 PM
Will,

Do you have a "Factory Service Manual" for your car? It has detailed instructions for steering wheel removal & much more. If not, you really need to get one. They are readily available from many vendors. I got mine from
https://www.britishcarspecialists.com/
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slider
10-23-2002, 06:33 PM
Will,

I have a BJ8 and took my trafficator apart this summer to replace the turn signal wiring harness. To get the trafficator out of the hub, you'll need to back out the three small set screws that you'll find on the back side of the steering wheel hub. The screws are in the 12:00, 4:00 and 8:00 positions. Once you've taken those screws out, the whole trafficator can be gently pulled out of the hub toward you. Because I have an adjustable steering wheel, my hub may be different than yours, but I don't have a retaining nut per se that tightens the wheel onto the stator tube. The end of the stator tube is splined and the steering wheel slides onto it, just like a splined wheel fits onto a hub. A small circular spring retaining clip snaps onto the end of the stator tube and prevents the steering wheel from being pulled all the way off and ending up in your lap. My guess is you most likely don't have play where the wheel meets the stator tube, the play is more likely elsewhere in the linkage.

F.Y.I. The trafficator is a little bit like a Rubic's Cube, but it stays in the wheel hub if using the above process. You don't have to take it apart to get to the stator tube/steering wheel point.

Best of luck

David Z.

10-24-2002, 03:23 AM
Is there anything to taking off the trafficator
other than taking out the screws around the outside edge of the wheel. Does the trafficator screw off? I feel like I could easily break it

Will Harrison

10-24-2002, 03:23 AM
Is there anything to taking off the trafficator
other than taking out the screws around the outside edge of the wheel. Does the trafficator screw off? I feel like I could easily break it

Will Harrison