07-16-2000, 03:05 PM
My tach and the odometer quit working about 20,000 mi ago (we have apx.240,000 mi on the car) I'll probably spend $500 to have it repaired by a local Saab garage. The speedometer still works. Can I replace it myself (I don't have a steering wheel removal tool)?
07-17-2000, 05:38 PM
Steering wheel can be removed after prising centre bit off then undo 19mm nut and pull steering wheel off. Then you can remove dash and fit second hand speedo/mileometer. Steering wheel might need some thumping to remove it. Do it once you have already set wheels to straight ahead - makes replacing in correct position easier. Steering wheel can come off suddenly - be careful!
07-17-2000, 06:39 PM
Adrien, Thanks a lot. I'll try it
07-18-2000, 08:52 AM
DON'T thump the steering wheel to remove it! The steering column is collapsible and an excessive whacking of the wheel will duly collapse it if you're not careful.
Best to use a 3 leg bearing puller, or , if not available, a G-clamp can usually be manouvered into a suitable position, with the fixed part behind the wheel and the threaded section wound onto the steering wheel hub. Usually you'll will think nothing is happening then all of a sudden TWANG!!!
07-18-2000, 09:35 AM
Good point Julian. All depends how much energy is applied during a calibrated thump!
I've done two steering wheels without a problem upto now but Julians method is much better.