How to Use a Steering Wheel Lock Plate Remover

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The steering wheel lock plate holds the steering column bearings in place while providing recesses for the steering wheel locking bolt to latch and lock the steering wheel. Introduced in the 1970s, this theft deterrent is still in use today. Removing it to access to the turn-signal cam or pivot bolts on a tilt steering column requires the use of a tool to remove the lock plate snap ring.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdrivers
  • Steering wheel puller
  • Lock plate tool
  • Steel pick
  • Remove the horn button by removing the screws attaching it to the steering wheel. These are behind the arms of the wheel. If you do not see any screws, some models simply pull off.

  • Remove the nut retaining the steering wheel.

  • Remove the steering wheel with the steering wheel puller. Do this by attaching the steering wheel puller to the steering wheel with two bolts. Force the steering wheel off by tightening the center shaft of the puller against the column shaft.

  • Remove the lock plate by screwing the centerpiece of the lock plate tool on to the shaft of the column, and installing the "U" shaped piece onto it with the large nut. Tighten the nut and force the plate down to uncover the snap ring that holds the lock plate in place.

  • Remove the snap ring, and remove the lock plate by loosening the lock plate tool's large nut.

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