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Smoke coming from switch -flashers continue -- removed the furniture from around the switch but cannot get the steering wheel to come off the spline shaft -- any trick to it? Car is not worth spending too much on repairs due to age and resale value -- therefore I need to do this myself.

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Removal of steering wheel ,,,, Loosen lock nut but do not take off completely. Grab wheel at the 3 and 9 (clock face ) position and rock alternately from hand to hand while applying pulling force. Feet firmly planted and back nearly in back of seat .
Some smoke may be experienced from a greasy/ dirty contact but NOT a smoke like signal as described, Overheated contacts or terminals will be clearly evident if symptom is old . Good Luck

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