I have an early non airbag type steering wheel which I have removed the horn push from to try and remove the steering wheel. The access to the steering wheel central nut seems rather remote and inaccessible. Is this the right way of access or does the whole central unit remove from the rear somehow?
I have noted that the horn push is broken in the middle and whilst I have repaired it I do not want to put it back until I have found out the proper way to remove it! Seemed dreadful difficult to remove with a screwdriver prised off as according the Haynes manual!
The haynes manual seems to assume that all the cars have an airbag type steering wheel.
The whole horn button (including the backing) prises out from the cenntre of the wheel and leaves two electrical connections.
The button on the front does come of but commonly breaks so it is better removed as one unit instead.
once youve got the centre out you need a deep socket on extension, loosen nut then turn steering lock to lock until it frees its self from splines,easier if front wheels are off ground but not completely necesary,
hi use your wheel brace as its the same size nut (19mm)
Sorry to be a little confused - I have got the centre of the horn push out and have repaired the break right down the middle. The centre I have removed is the 3" dia disc with the rover badge on it. Underneath this is the copper contacts for the horn and then the plastic below this. Through the tiny holes that the four location pegs and the two longer pins on the rear of the removed disc locate I can see the steering wheel nut but there is not a hole or aperature large enough to get a socket or extension bar through. Have I removed the right bit?? Fortunately I dont need to remove the steering wheel at the moment as I have managed to change the indicator stalk without resorting to the haynes manual technique of removing the steering wheel. Just thought while it was off I would check how it did remove while I could! I dont think the steering wheel centre removes separately as the foam type centre seems attached to the rim permanently so the only way in must be through the horn push area but HOW!!!
Haynes manuals are a pain.
Righto, You have taken the horn push to bits - the other disc should lever out. Try doing it gently with a small screwdriver, the foam wheel is quite flexible and returns to shape afterwards.
Yes the horn assembly levers out as a whole rather than taking the front piece off.
It comes out!
Thats how it works is it. I was sure that the horn backplate was fixed in!