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Old 07-30-2006, 09:26 AM
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steering wheel woes

the steering wheel cover (leather i think) has loosened itself from the steel portion of the wheel on almost the whole top half of the wheel. im talking about the leather, pading and whatever else is under the leather cover. i need advice on repairing it. i thought maybe a syringe and some type of adhesive but im uncertain as to what type adhesive. poking holes in it with a syringe only once to do the repair would be more than enuf holes in the leather (?) outer cover. anyone got any ideas please ?
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Old 07-30-2006, 02:00 PM
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Is your wheel smooth leather or the wrinkled type of vinyl? you did not say what model car you have.

This is something I've seen before on the vinyl covered steering wheels.
The best solution is find a used steering wheel and swap it. I really doubt that one can glue the padded stuff to the steel core. I usually find nice steering wheels for a W124 or 126 car selling for $50 to $75 or more, the leather ones bring a higher price. The final price usually is determined by condition, finding low mileage steering wheels for an older chassis is really tough!
Incidentally you may need an air impact tool to loosen the center bolt, they used a dap of blue locktite and really honk them down at the factory. This makes removing one at a Pick U Part (pick and pull) a pain!
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Old 07-30-2006, 03:02 PM
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its wrinkled finish so i would guess leather. this is ona 83, 300D i will keep my eyes open for a good used one. although this one is still together. maybe it'll last longer than i will ? ? ?
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Old 07-30-2006, 09:47 PM
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Humidity?

What's the leather like on very humid days? I find that mine is getting very gummy when it's rainy out. the material (leather, I think) becomes gummy and sticky and has begun to deteriorate. This happens to be on a Lincoln. I had the same problem on an old T Bird, too. the leather shift knob was the same.
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Old 07-30-2006, 11:15 PM
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its wrinkled finish so i would guess leather. this is ona 83, 300D i will keep my eyes open for a good used one. although this one is still together. maybe it'll last longer than i will ? ? ?
thanks for the reply.
The '83 300D came with vinyl covered steering wheels, that is the wrinkled covering. Leather is very smooth, round not wrinkled and was not available until later vehicles (124 AFAIK)
I had a 123 steering wheel that got damaged on the hub where it fits the column, I think I threw it out because I figured I wouldn't use it. If I find it I'll let you know.
Just grip the wheel at another location, I tend to use the left hand side at the 9:00 position. I drove a later 124 Mercedes with loose vinyl steering wheel like you described, it felt "yukky"
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Old 07-30-2006, 11:26 PM
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My 300D steering wheel was loose on the top half when I got it. I put one of those leather wrap steering wheel covers on it. That worked perfectly, it stiffened the whole thing up so it does no feel loose any more.

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Loose wheel grip

I have the same problem in the 10-o'clock position on my '73 450SL. I bought a '72 parts car that has a good steering wheel. I am swapping it out. BTW, my center nut was barely finger tight on the '72. No effort at all to loosen the nut.

I have seen steering wheels (at least for this model) at $50-$60 on ebay on a regular basis.

I suppose you could inject some glue into the grip, but how long will it hold? Maybe have to inject a good amount a squeeze the bajeezus out of the grip to distribute it.

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Old 09-26-2006, 12:42 AM
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Get a Nardi wheel.
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Old 09-28-2006, 03:30 AM
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Well, if it makes you feel any better, I had the same problem on my Lexus steering wheel when it was only 4 years old. I had the same thoughts about injecting glue. Lexus service consultant said that won't work, and that it had been tried. They offered to pay for half the cost of a new rim, but I dclined since my half would have still been almost $500. 10 years later it hasn't gotten any worse. (First 4 years I owned my Lexus I lived in AZ, I'm sure the heat contributed to the failure.)

I also have a steering wheel issue on my 123 240D. It is too worn looking to suit me. Also, at a certain point they seem to wear faster, and rub off black on your hands. Mine seems to be at that point.

Does Anyone know if the 124 series steering wheels are interchangeable with the w123? What about other models? I have also thought about Nardi, and may go that route.

I think the sticky leather on older domestic steering wheels is caused by aging of the dye used to color the leather. No amount of cleaning seems to cure it. Perhaps re-dying the leather would work???
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:23 PM
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Leather replacement

Another alternative is to have the leather on your steering wheel replaced. An outfit called Alan Gun Leather Accessories specializes in doing this. You can either send your steering wheel in and have them do it (about $200 through ebay or via AGLUSA.com) or buy a kit and do it yourself. If you want them to do it they will provide you with a loaner. I spoke to Mr. Gun directly and he was very friendly and helpful. I am going to try to replace my leather on my '96 C280 myself. If I cannot do it myself, I can still send the steering wheel in to AGLA and they will apply my kti purchase towards the cost of them doing it for me.
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Old 12-25-2006, 11:33 AM
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Wheelskins Genuine Leather Steering Wheel Cover
The closest thing to re-wrapping the wheel. Easy to do, readily available, cost effective. I've got one on the VW, looks and feels good.
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Old 12-25-2006, 06:58 PM
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The fit on the VW wheel was good, I assume. I made a leather cover for my 210 armrest which was badly damaged by sunlight (I assume) and it came out very well, and was considering making a wheel cover as well. But for what they charge, I may buy their kit instead.
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Same problem with my 74 450sel steering wheel.
I repaired it by removing the wheel to take it inside, then used small very sharp x-acto razor knife to split the covering where it was loose, on the unseen side of the padding, and spread it apart only enough to gain access to the steel rod inside, where I applied lots of Crazy Glue, and wrapped the section with wax paper, then with some sort of strapping material, and let it set.
There were some few small ridges where the fingers rest while gripping the wheel, but fine sandpaper smoothed that off.
It's been over a year, and it is still solid.
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