If you are replacing an original, cracked VW steering wheel or an aftermarket steering wheel to spruce up your VW be sure to watch our video first. Follow along as we show you how simple it is to replace the steering wheel on your VW Beetle.
We're going to install a new
steering wheel in our 1969 VW Beetle, to complement the new dashboard we've
We start by removing the center cap
or horn button so we can access the steering wheel nut. Most buttons will pop
out of the steering wheel. Some aftermarket steering wheels will have a bolt
button. The later model horn pads require popping off the outer legs of the pad
and then rotating the pad 90 degrees before removing.
With the horn button removed we can
now loosen the steering wheel nut. It is standard threaded so with an
appropriate sized socket remove the nut. Our later model beetle has a locking
steering column which makes it easier to loosen the nut as we can just rotate
the wheel to engage the lock, to prevent the wheel from turning when loosening
With the nut and washer removed and
set aside, as we will be re-using them, we can now pull the steering wheel off.
Most often a good, firm tug on the wheel along with tapping the back side will
be enough to get the steering wheel off. If not a steering wheel puller may
have to be used.
We are installing a stock
replacement steering wheel which came ready to install. So we make sure the
horn ground wire is tucked out of the way, and slide the steering wheel in
place, tapping it down to make sure it is fully seated. We follow the wheel
with the washer, and the steering column nut, and after making sure the
steering wheel is indexed correctly, we can tighten the nut.
Now we can install the ground
contact wire onto the horn ring with the included screw. Then follow that up by
snapping the horn button into place. With the button in place, the installation
of the stock steering wheel is now complete.