Edna Weaver Steering Wheel April 15th, 2019 - 01:21:14
Second, insist on leather. It gives you a better look. It is also warmer in winter when the temperature drops. You don't want to freeze your hands to the steering wheel. Leather also gives you a better grip, and this is important from a safety standpoint.Third, make sure that the product was designed and sized specifically for your car. You should be able to order one based on the make, year and model of your car. One size does not fit all.
We use steering wheel to manipulate our cars. This interface between our hand and our car leads our ride during driving periods. Without them, our cars can go nowhere and will only be a huge dull dead dog in our backyards.
My last post I wrote I gave you a quick fix using a solvent based dye. Now I'm not saying that if you were in a pinch that using a solvent based would be a bad thing, but like I said it's a quick fix, nothing you would really want to do for a customer that's expecting a long lasting repair.The basic's are the same as far as the use of a drop cloth to avoid over spray getting on the instrument panel, and the prepping is kinda the same too. But what I'm here to do is to show the right way to do this.
Since there are many things that could be causing your steering wheel to be shaking, where we need to start is with when the shaking occurs. In other words what conditions cause the shaking? Is it when you are braking? Or is it when you are accelerating? Maybe it is under a cruise condition, like maintaining a certain speed. Or does it only happen when you are turning the wheels to the right or the left?
After you have sealed the leather it's time to break out your leather repair compounds. Now I have found that applying it with your finger is the easiest then trying to use a pallet knife, kinda hard to curve your pallet knife around such a tight curve. Compounds that I use the most on leather steering wheels is the old Leather Crack Filler or I'll use Viper Products Leather Extreme Fill. Both work really well with applying it with your finger and both stay put really well too. I mostly use the Leather Crack Filler first then if I need to fill smaller imperfections then I'll use the Leather Extreme Fill. I've found that the Leather Crack fill just works the best, it sands out nicely as well as stays put when sanding too.The biggest thing to remember in repairing a worn leather steering wheel is to get it as smooth as possible, the less amount of leather repair compounds you use the better. It's just less to go wrong later and you have a better chance of the dyes sticking in the end.
After this step is done, it is now time to remove the horn wire or the spring-loaded metal plunger. You will be removing it from its plastic housing. Start by pulling straight out on the metal plunger. Or you can also try to remove it by twisting the plastic sleeve to the left and then pull it out. When you have done so, cut off the wire on the plastic sleeve and keep the sleeve. You would be needing this when you put in a new steering wheel.