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200 SSE steering wheel hub nylock nut stripped

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I have an unusual challenge :   I have a 2000 200 SSE [purchased used]   I  have already purchased a new hub that matches an aftermarket steering wheel, however when I went to make the simple swap out, I found that the center steering nut will not loosen, how might I remove the hub in this case.  Note that the new steering wheel does not match the bolt size of the original hub.    Removing the steering wheel itself is simple except one of the six original hex screws was seized, this is not really supposed to be a problem since I have a replacement hub... as far as the old hub, I want to put a little pressure on the hub outward with a puller and then try a removal of the seemingly stripped nylon jam nut but cant get enough movement up/outward on the [or what i assume to be the] spline shaft to nudge or encourage the nut to loosen.   The center bolt on the steering hub just spins, i.e. will not loosen [note: nut either by design [i doubt it] or by previous error the nut will not remove the normal way].    It seems to have a nylon insert jam lock nut, the threads seem to be stripped as the nut will not loosen with a 3/4" socket and ratchet set. 

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If you have a new hub . Then cut the nut completely thru. Right into some of the steering shaft threads. That slicing of the threads will not pose any risk with new parts.

CAUTION ....Use some type of oil into the CUTTING slot.  It WILL PREVENT a lot of metal parts causing tightness. It will wind right off.

Another Caution SOME HUBS & SHAFTS WILL HAVE A KEY & KEYWAY under the nut. Do not panic if you cut into it.

NO human can break a key & keyway in use.

Piece of cake cutting job.

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thanks Bt doctor and cyclops2... i became encouraged by your 'just cut and drill the thing' attitude and took a 4" angle grinder with a diamond blade to the nut.  Turns out that the damage the previous owner did by spinning the nut on the shaft was much worse than anything I could do with my oversized tools. Long story short I have freed the nut and freed the hub only to find a disfigured threaded area on the column shaft.  Now will get tap and dye set to try to rectify the thread situation. 

'JUST DO IT!" 

appreciate the help!

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NOBODY CAN PULL UP THE HUB !!  If you either just LOCK TITED a new nut in place. Or used a full sized S S nut with Lock Tite.

 Or use a drilled & tapped set screw on both sides of the new S S NUT. Lock Tight is optional. Could always be added later if it ever loosened. 

I tighten the setscrew 2 or 3 times to put a dimple on the shaft.  Then hand file or touch the spot on the shaft with a grinder a small amount  To have a flat surface for the S S set screw to dig into. There is really NO STRESS on the nut. The splines take all the stresses.

DO NOT LET EXCESS LOCK TIGHT run down into the splines. Some light grease or oil on a rag is plenty to allow easy on or off if needed later.

Piece of cake job.

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