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OH MY GOD!

I deserve the Doofus award for sure.

I just came back from a quick run to Autozone.
I was heading back from the store and turned out onto the highway.
I got up to 70 mph and was cruising along. Then whoosh. The steering wheel is in my hands. Only no longer attached to the column. [censored]. I pooped the wheel back on and very carefully pulled over.

The retaining screw had just worked its way off.
I had felt a slight wobble in the wheel lately, but it had been there since I got the car. The damn nut came loose. I get the doofus award for not checking. This almost cost me my life. I will never take anything on my car for granted again.

Just needed to share!

AAARRRRGGGGG!!!!!!

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Yep..a good candidate for a doofus..check Midlife..he's got the official doofus..it should be yours now..*LOL*..by the way..glad you managed to keep it under control

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Betcha didn't know that blood could pound in your ears that loud, huh??

So, how long did you stare at it before sticking it back on the steering shaft?

Yeah, as you said, pooped is right....*G*

Glad you kept a level head....

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That Type O is funny.....

The wheel was only off for a few seconds, but it felt like three days. The car only veered a tiny to the right. The wheel popped right back on and I held it down and turned off the road.

I am still shaking.

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I felt that way the other night when the headlights went out going about 65 on an Alabama backroad. Just about had to clean the seat off.

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Sounds like two loose nuts behind the wheel! Glad you lived to talk about it *G*

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Cool! You'll never forget that! Those moments are the ones that you truly feel alive in. Fix the wheel and then you'll have a renewed confidence in your ride based on experience. "There is always finality in conclusive seeing and hearing, as there is also in truly decisive action" (134). Just a little philosophy for ya. Drive safe!

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Trust me I'm glad to be here.

However, only one nut on the steering column. A center ring nut holding the wheel down on the column. The horn cover was twist on with a big spring inside. Sound correct for a 65?

If it's not correct PLEASE let me know....



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I know the feeling. I was driving a '67 Austin Healey Sprite about 25 years ago, delivering it to a girl that had just bought it from me when the worm gear in the rack and pinion steering broke. I was on a back country road entering a left curve when it happened. The car left the road and smashed into a tree and stone wall. I survived (obviously) but the right side of my face had 6 bone fractures and was visibly flattened. I left the car there and hitched a ride to a friends house. They took me to the hospital after I passed out. Not an experience I care to repeat.

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Yikes! I'm glad you made it through okay! I agree about the typo possibly being a Freudian slip.

Not sure if this would be Doofus Award if the wheel wobbled since you bought the car.

Thanks for sharing, I think I'll use a bit of Loctite (tm) om my steering wheel nut.

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Yikes!!! Glad your safe!!

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I remember as I was disassembling the interior of my 66 thinking "Gee, that steering wheel sure came off easy!". Glad to here all is well with you and your Stang!

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Man, I think I would have just stared at it for about one minute, and then finally came to my senses after filling my pants! *lol* Glad your ok!
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Any skid marks? I would think a change of undies is in order.

It is amazing how hard it is to remove the wheel when you want it to come off and yet it comes off easy when you don't need it to. That is like allot of things in life I guess. I'm glad your alright too and were able to tell us about it.
 
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OH SHOOT!!!

Hope my mustang doesnt do the same thing! It just feels a little loose too! Well thanks for the insight, I will check it right away! And glad to hear your alright!
 

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Scary
The wheel wobbling a few days before was the car talking to you.
Cars/machines sometimes talk before they break.....we just don't always recognize their language.

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No Doofus Trophy for you, as you have to deliberately do something bad that you know better than to do. Close, but no cigar.

Glad you're OK....at least now you know you don't need a steering wheel puller from Autozone...

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