How to Remove a Boat Steering Wheel Hub

Written by will charpentier
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Removing the hub of a boat's steering wheel can be a thankless job, particularly if the hub refuses to budge because of corrosion or rust. This may make you want to hit it with a hammer in frustration. Actually, that's the most useful technique for removing the wheel, but using a block of wood between hammer and threads keeps you from damaging the steering shaft and the tapered thread that holds your wheel in place.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Hammer
  • Block of wood
  • WD 40 or similar product

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  1. 1

    Remove all the trim plates from the centre of the wheel hub so that the nut and threaded tapered shaft are exposed.

  2. 2

    Use the wrench to loosen the nut on the tapered shaft. Do not remove the nut. Instead, unscrew the nut until the top edge of the nut is just above the top of the tapered threads of the steering shaft.

  3. 3

    Spray a large quantity of a "rust buster" like PB Blaster or WD 40 into the slot where the "key" is located, and around the shaft the key fits into. Allow this to soak in for several hours.

  4. 4

    Place the block of wood on the top of the nut and hit the block of wood with the hammer. This should loosen the hub from the shaft. Remove the nut and lift the hub off the shaft.

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