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I was in the junkyard today and found a nice tan leather wrapped wheel in an 85 eldorado. I went to pull it and noticed that the telescopic wheel is not at all like the normal wheels. How do I remove a telescopic wheel?
Also, the telescopic feature was broken (lever was limp and could be moved left to right willy nilly) and the column is broken (spins freely despite being key position being in lock.)
Will this affect removal and can I fix the telescopic function? (I will be keeping this wheel in case mine cracks)
 

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You remove it just like the regular wheel. Once the wheel is off, you can tighten the floppy tele lever. I put photos in my coupe project thread when I replaced mine.
 

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Don't you have a body shell to pick up? lol
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I was in the junkyard today and found a nice tan leather wrapped wheel in an 85 eldorado. I went to pull it and noticed that the telescopic wheel is not at all like the normal wheels. How do I remove a telescopic wheel?
Also, the telescopic feature was broken (lever was limp and could be moved left to right willy nilly) and the column is broken (spins freely despite being key position being in lock.)
Will this affect removal and can I fix the telescopic function? (I will be keeping this wheel in case mine cracks)
As far as the wheel spinning, was it connected to the steering box? The wheel is still pretty simple to remove. Doesnt your caddy have tilt?
 

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csbuckn said:
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As far as the wheel spinning, was it connected to the steering box? The wheel is still pretty simple to remove. Doesnt your caddy have tilt?
I'm not sure. I know when I was in the car 2 weeks ago, it didn't spin freely.
My caddy does have tilt telescopic wheel.

I talked to talismandave and he helped me out with how to remove the center disc (which covers the bolt holes used to pull the wheel.) Now I just need to go back and pull it.
 

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Since the center shaft moves in and out, just move the wheel all the way out and hammer the center shaft in a couple times and it should pop off...after you take the nut off.
 

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Remove horn pad then remove the 3 little screws from the telescopic disc holding the lever to it, the disc then unscrews from the center shaft. Then loosen the large center nut and unscrew it till it's flush with the shaft. Then hit the shaft hard with a hammer while pulling up on the wheel. It will pop free of the shaft splines and because the nut is still on, it wont bang you in the face! Remove nut, remove wheel. On your car use a puller so as to not possibly damage your center shaft.
 

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He called me last night, the part of the puzzle he was missing was the disc that screws off. He couldn't get it off and was obscuring the rest of the stuff he was familiar with.
 

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The disc that locks the telescopic column needs a pair of pliers to remove it in most cases. It's too small to get good leverage with just your hand. Lefty loosey, Righty tighty!!!
 

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carnut said:
The disc that locks the telescopic column needs a pair of pliers to remove it in most cases. It's too small to get good leverage with just your hand. Lefty loosey, Righty tighty!!!
I used channellocks
And I already have the wheel in my hands :)

(At least if anyone else needs the info in the future, it will be there)
 

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here's a picture of the wheel I got. The picture is a bit dark. I'll take a better one once I clean the wheel
 

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When i had my 88 FWD Coupe it had a blue cloth interior with a blue plastic wheel. Preferring the leather wheel, I went to pick n pull. There on a roof was a cherry blue leather wheel!! I removed it with 2 fingers and no tools!!! I also installed all the real wood from a FWD Fleetwood to the dash. I then installed a rear sway bar from a limited production FWD Touring coupe and the little trunk spoiler only offered on the touring coupe. My 84 Sedan already has the leather wheel. I just installed an 84 leather wheel on my buddy's 79 sedan. Makes a huge difference IMO.
 

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Just wondering...if you removed the leather from a leather wheel, would you have a plastic wheel?
 

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From the wheels I've seen that were cut, you just have a soft metal underneath. Something designed to collapse during impact.
 
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