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Steering column spline adapter

How do you get it off ?

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You'll need a specialized puller to remove it. You can fabricate one with a pair of vice grips and a regular gear puller.You attatch the gear puller to the back of the adapter and use the vice grips to hold the puller jaws together and slowly pull the adapter off.

Posted on Jun 22, 2008

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