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I pulled the steering wheel on my 1990 chev silverado in an effort to change the windshield wiper switch . Under the steering wheel is a plastic cover that I can't see how to remove without destroying it. There must be a way. Does anyone know?

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This sounds like an antitheft place, there are tools that you need to remove it.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

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