I have never had a problem getting a steering wheel off when using a steering wheel puller. I´ll run through the procedure, so forgive me if this is getting too basic. First, remove the screws from the back side of the wheel that hold the horn pad in place. Once you get these off, you must work just a bit to remove the horn pad because it does have some little clips that keep it in place. Once you get the pad loose, you must disconnect the horn/cruise wiring by just unplugging the connector. Next, you must remove the steering wheel nut that attachs the wheel to the shaft. At this point, you are ready for the puller.
The puller is rather like placing your thumbs on the center shaft (column), wrapping your fingers around the back, and then, prying your fingers toward you, as your thumbs try to push the shaft through hole in the steering wheel. The wheel must be held still, as you do this, otherwise the mechanical pushing/pulling action cannot take place. The puller is set up by bolting its bridle (the thing with the slotted legs, or ears) to the threaded holes in the steering wheel, so that the puller´s center bolt is directly in line the the column shaft. There must be enough room for the puller´s tip to contact the column shaft, and that the puller´s center bolt is completely onto the bridle´s threads.
At this point, you should have the bridle firmly connected to the wheel and the head of the puller´s center bolt facing you. Now it is time to hold the wheel with one hand to keep it from turning and begin tightening the puller in clockwise direction, just like you are tightening a bolt. It will take some force, since the steering wheel is press-fit onto a tapered shaft. It will probably break free with a little pop, just as you think your wrench is getting hard to turn. For the rest of the project, refer to my post just a little earlier in this thread.
Oh, yeah, I found the least expensive high quality wheel to be the MOMO Monte Carlo, and I think it is just under the $120 point.
[ This message was edited by: stripedmx5 on 08-02-2003 08:22 ]