Things You'll Need
Although it is rarely necessary, sometimes there is a need to examine the steering column or steering shaft for wear when the steering on a John Deere mower is not functioning properly. Accessing the steering shaft requires removing the steering wheel. A hidden bolt secures the steering wheel to the steering shaft. Once the steering wheel is off the mower, you have access to the entire steering column.
Slip a flat-head screwdriver into the small notch on the broader end of the center cover. The center cover is where the three spokes of the steering wheel meet. Use the screwdriver to pry the cover off the steering wheel.
Remove the 5/16-inch hex bolt in the center of the steering wheel with a socket wrench. The bolt secures the steering wheel to steering extension shaft below the steering.
Grasp the steering wheel at each side with your hands, and rock the steering wheel off the splines adapter. Remove the steering wheel from the mower. You can now access the rest of the steering column for repairs.
Reverse these actions to re-install the steering wheel.