YotaTech Forums  

Go Back   YotaTech Forums > Toyota SUV & Truck Tech > General Vehicle Related Topics (Non Year Related)
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Search


General Vehicle Related Topics (Non Year Related) If topic doesn't apply to Toyotas whatsoever, it should be in Off Topic

Welcome to Yotatech!
Welcome to Yotatech,

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-04-2010, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: SE Kansas
Posts: 485
Anyone else have a sticky steering wheel?

My truck has been sitting for a couple of years, and now that I'm close to getting it back on the road again, the steering wheel is really sticky on the hands.

Does anybody know of any fixes for this besides replacement or a cover? I despise steering wheel covers, and don't have the money for a replacement.

I understand that it's the material breaking down, I am hoping there is some way to seal it, and slow down or stop the decomposing of the material. I've read on another forum (unknown, so I don't really trust it) that somebody fixed their's with windex, and then somebody else said to use windex wipes. I haven't tried it yet, I'm afraid of making it worse.

Thanks in advance for any experience or ideas.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Yotatech!
yayfortrees is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 09:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
Kiroshu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: NC
Posts: 2,629
You can try wipes but if the rubbers melting and getting all messed up with cracks get a cover... Or go to a junk yard and get another one....
__________________
"Why not stay OEM..? Your truck will last longer?"

"I love what you do for me Toyota!"
_________________________________________

--My Toyotas--

2012 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner SR5 2TR-FE.

1988 Toyota Pick-up Base 2wd 22R (Daily Driver).

1986 Toyota 4runner SR5 22RE.

1981 Toyota Pick-up SR5 4wd 22R (Play Toy).
Kiroshu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2010, 11:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
N2Frodn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by yayfortrees View Post
My truck has been sitting for a couple of years, and now that I'm close to getting it back on the road again, the steering wheel is really sticky on the hands.

Does anybody know of any fixes for this besides replacement or a cover? I despise steering wheel covers, and don't have the money for a replacement.

I understand that it's the material breaking down, I am hoping there is some way to seal it, and slow down or stop the decomposing of the material. I've read on another forum (unknown, so I don't really trust it) that somebody fixed their's with windex, and then somebody else said to use windex wipes. I haven't tried it yet, I'm afraid of making it worse.

Thanks in advance for any experience or ideas.
I just pressed a Toyota factory steering wheel back into service that had been sitting in my parent's garage since 1992. It was NASTY.

3M Prep Solvent-70 Made it look and feel as good as new.

Worked equally as well on a Lexus steering wheel (leather). I tested the product on the old, cracked wheel I was replacing. Seems to be leather safe.

Also use it on the wheel in my Tacoma, starting to show some cracks on the wrap, but I attribute that to age rather then the product.
__________________
86 Toyota 4x4 (After 6 years in storage, being built into a prerunner).. Now frame off rebuild, TC Gen2, Deavers, Tundra rear end,glass. 1UZ swap in the works.

87 Toyota Extra Cab 4x4. (expedition rig) Addicted offroad front bumper, Trailgear rear, Stubbs sliders, Smittybilt winch, 4in trailmaster lift, Alcoas, Bilsteins, loud stereo, loud exhaust, Detroit front, Elocker rear coming soon.

96 Tacoma 2wd (Daily driver)

Last edited by N2Frodn; 04-10-2010 at 11:28 AM.
N2Frodn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2010, 08:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
Threadstarter [OP]
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: SE Kansas
Posts: 485
Cool, that's really good to know.

The other day, I found another solution by total accident. After picking up and handling some rocks off the side of a gravel road, I got back in the truck and started driving. I noticed that the steering wheel felt good again, almost slick, but not too slick to use. The dust on my hands coated the steering wheel, and sort of sealed the outside. Even after washing my hands, the wheel still feels great!

I doubt too many on yotatech would hesitate to rub dirt into their steering wheel, but for anybody with a dirt phobia, the 3M would probably be the way to go. I'm all about the free, tool-less fixes that can be done anywhere and actually work!

If anybody wants to try the dirt trick, use really fine road dust. If you find a gravel road that is kicking up a lot of dust behind you, that should work just fine. Pick up a handful of dust and gravel, getting your hands pretty well coated in it. Shake off the excess, and start touching the wheel all the way around. You should notice a difference right away. Once you have enough on there, wipe off your hands and enjoy the like-new feel of your dirty steering wheel!
__________________
1990 2WD Extra-Cab DLX; 22RE; 5 spd; 30x9.5x15; mostly stock
yayfortrees is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2010, 09:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (2)
 
Philbert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Pleasanton, CA - SF Bay Area
Posts: 2,163
Dirt to make it cleaner? Come on...


I had this issue with my Datsun recently and used a mix of vinegar (4 parts) and water (1 part) and a rag to take it all off. The amount of grime that came off was disgustsing, and now it's smooth as new!
__________________
87 4Runner SR5 22RE | LCE Header/Exhaust | ZUK | V6 Calipers & 1" MC | ENGBLDR Street RV Head & 268* cam | GM alternator | 82 Supra AFM

CLICK HERE!!
87 4Runner 22RE OEM Parts for sale CHEAP (!) - SF Bay Area
CLICK HERE!!
Philbert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2010, 09:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
70elcoss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: No cal but NORCAL
Posts: 283
Send a message via AIM to 70elcoss
someone makes a sorta thin i think vinyl steering wheel covers, its hardly noticeable, unlike those massive furry ones. i have one on mine and is just about the same color as the steering wheel, ill try to get a pic of it tomorrow. its sorta like a stealth steering wheel cover lol unless it is factory but i doubt it
__________________
Daily driving 1990 4runner Sr5, mostly stock
2door, 3.ooohh! , 5speed
2 12" audiobahn subs,700 watt orion cobalt amp
magnaflow exhaust and hi flow cat
K&N FIPK, Cobra 19 dx in ashtray, 3ft firefly
Electric fan, 31 BFG AT

1970 El Camino SS
350, th350, 12 bolt posi, 4inch harwood cowl induction hood, power windows and locks, fresh paint!

Last edited by 70elcoss; 04-12-2010 at 09:36 PM.
70elcoss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 06:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
Threadstarter [OP]
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: SE Kansas
Posts: 485
"Dirt to make it cleaner? Come on..."

Read the thread. This wasn't to clean the steering wheel. It is to fix a sticky steering wheel due to the material breaking down. There's no amount of cleaning that will fix old, decomposing material.

70elcoss, I've never seen these before. That sounds like a very viable alternative. I hate the massive furry covers, or just about any other cover. I've seen too many of them that were so gross I didn't want to touch it! I would love to see a picture of it.
__________________
1990 2WD Extra-Cab DLX; 22RE; 5 spd; 30x9.5x15; mostly stock
yayfortrees is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 12:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
70elcoss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: No cal but NORCAL
Posts: 283
Send a message via AIM to 70elcoss
here you go, i bought the runner from the original owner and saved the receipts for everything! but didn't see a receipt for the steering wheel cover.

Click the image to open in full size.
Click the image to open in full size.

the stitching is starting to break a bit like in the second picture but its hardly noticeable, if your not looking closely you wont even notice its a steering wheel cover
__________________
Daily driving 1990 4runner Sr5, mostly stock
2door, 3.ooohh! , 5speed
2 12" audiobahn subs,700 watt orion cobalt amp
magnaflow exhaust and hi flow cat
K&N FIPK, Cobra 19 dx in ashtray, 3ft firefly
Electric fan, 31 BFG AT

1970 El Camino SS
350, th350, 12 bolt posi, 4inch harwood cowl induction hood, power windows and locks, fresh paint!

Last edited by 70elcoss; 04-13-2010 at 12:34 PM.
70elcoss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 12:32 PM
Yotatech
4WD Truck




Paid Advertisement
Reply

Tags
3m, 70, california, cleaning, covers, fix, fuzzy, hate, leather, prep, solvent, starting, steering, stickiness, sticky, wheel

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:39 AM.


2010 InternetBrands, Inc.