now started on the front end..steering box removal advice

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now started on the front end..steering box removal advice

Post by splitty61 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:27 pm

started to remove the front end items on my split and have yet to....remove the steering wheel and steering box,i have undone some of the bolts that hold in the steering box but would like to know how to remove the steering wheel without any special tools if poss and then remove the steering box as it looks like it drops under the bus...does it need to be jacked up high or does the rod that attaches to the steering wheel detatch allowing that part to be removed in the cab.
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Re: now started on the front end..steering box removal advic

Post by Sjtw » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:14 am

The box comes out with the steering column attached. All one piece.
So I guess you'll need to get the bus high enough to let it drop.
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Post by maddison » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:22 am

as said, box & column come out underneath, doesnt need to be jacked that high....normal trolley jack hieght with axle stands was enough for me, once its drops you just wiggle it about a bit and it comes out at an angle


Steering wheel - good luck with that

in my experience.....very thick plate steel to sit under the wheel (you can buy these for about a fiver - money well spent) (your wheel will disintergrate if you dont use one ;-)
Big strong 3 pronged puller
loosen the big nut (i say loosen, dont remove it.....of the puller pressing on your column threads....will flaten them)
get a LOT of tension in the puller....then pour some boiling water over the inner wheel (or even small blowtorch) and get ready for the heart attack inducing bang as it releases ;-)


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Re: now started on the front end..steering box removal advic

Post by Griff55 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:45 am

Just taken mine out. Jack her up as said, then it will come out at an angle no probs.
As for the steering wheel, I used a small blowtorch and clamp too then she popped off. ( not easily? Didn't think of hot water!)
Let us know how it goes

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Post by OP » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:50 am

If the wheel has never been off before they'll be a woodruff key holding it in place, hense why it's difficult to remove. You may be lucky enough to move it to sit in the right place to remove the wheel. Otherwise it's heat and brute force and probably a cracked wheel :( I found I need the bus quite high to remove the column, I had to dig a hold in the ground in the end :lol:
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Re: now started on the front end..steering box removal advic

Post by slimesub5 » Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:34 am

Griff55 wrote:Just taken mine out. Jack her up as said, then it will come out at an angle no probs.
As for the steering wheel, I used a small blowtorch and clamp too then she popped off. ( not easily? Didn't think of hot water!)
Let us know how it goes
I know this is an old post, but could anybody advise how high the front bumper needs to be off of the floor to give sufficient access to remove the steering box & column? Only I'd like to do it in my garage but can only jack it up so far.

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Post by maddison » Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:10 am

I did it in my standard garage...jacked the bus till the bus roof met the door, that gave me enough room to wiggle the column out the bottom

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Re: now started on the front end..steering box removal advic

Post by Claushema » Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:15 pm

This fellow seems to have a good method for getting the wheel off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcVsKCuW0SM

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Re: now started on the front end..steering box removal advic

Post by BJ1 » Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:41 pm

Roll bus over drain, take off drain cover, drop steering box and column into drain, roll bus away. Job done, no jack, smelly box!
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Re: now started on the front end..steering box removal advic

Post by readyboy61 » Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:14 pm

I did it over a drain on the 61 couldn't be bothered to Jack it up
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