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Old 10-03-2011, 07:48 PM   #1
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how to fix the leather worn and torn on the steering wheel?

I have a 03 SE, and my steering wheel is in black color, with a few worn spot on it, like some of the black "skin" is worn, and the grey/ dark green color shows up.. So I just want to know if there`s anyway to fix it?

I now have a $ 10 wheel cover on it, but I do like the feel of the original steering wheel..
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They make some stich yourself liners google it.like 52$ I think but its any color(s) you want and its better than factory
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I have a 03 SE, and my steering wheel is in black color, with a few worn spot on it, like some of the black "skin" is worn, and the grey/ dark green color shows up.. So I just want to know if there`s anyway to fix it?

I now have a $ 10 wheel cover on it, but I do like the feel of the original steering wheel..
wheelskinsoutlet.com - good quality leather stitch-on covers for the Maxima start at around $32

Have used them on several of my previous vehicles with great results.
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i have a 2002 oem steering wheel in amazing condition.
non heat
no wood
no airbag or buttons.
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yea i hate leather on the wheel being torn, i have to touch it everytime Im in my car...
Do what Im about to do, replace the wheel, with a heated one if you can, winter's coming, cant wait to have my hands toasty
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Either buy Stricken's steering wheel, or take it to a shop that can remove the old leather wrap and install a new skin and have it stitched up so it's like factory, or at least close to it.
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I'm working on this problem right now. I didn't want to post until I finished.

I bought a wheelskin from dccarcare.com (cheapest I could find). It's known to look good and is of good quality.

All you gotta do is put it right on top ad sew it on. Mine is torn so I put some tape on the wheel to try to smooth it out a bit. In total, it costed about 37 bucks shipped.
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:11 PM   #8
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what size

What size did you guys put down for the steering wheel? I just don't want to make the mistake of getting one too big or too small.
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What size did you guys put down for the steering wheel? I just don't want to make the mistake of getting one too big or too small.
For wheelskins, it's size C
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He's right, it's a size C. The best place pricewise to get it from is dccarcare.com
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Saw a commercial for this company the other day:
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Replacement steering wheels with airbags. Interesting.
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Resurrecting an ancient thread here, but......I just installed a wheelskins cover yesterday on a a 2002 Maxima. It was badly worn right at the top of the wheel - from about 11:30 - 12:30, patch missing, worn through two layers. I cut a patch to match the hole from an old golf glove, and glued it in so there wouldn't be much of a dent in the surface when I installed the new cover. I read dozens of reviews from people on how easy/difficult they are to install, and came away with this knowledge:

Get the smooth, one piece model - the different sections of the two color versions might look cool, but they will be harder to install.

Stretching the skin over the wheel is semi hard to do, I used a couple of long screwdrivers like tire irons to stretch the skin in place.

I did the simplest stitch pattern, the "baseball" pattern requires two needles, and possibly more thread.

Pull the thread tight as you go, you can use a screwdriver to tighten each stich up after you've done abot 10, (there were a total of 82 stitches). Stick the screwdriver under the stitch and use two hands to pull it tight - try not to damage the thread when you shove the screwdriver under it. The screwdriver takes all the strain and pain off your fingers.

Push the needle through one hole at a time - much easier than trying to get through both sides at once.

Start more than one hour before the sun goes down. I ran out of sunlight, which was a nuisance.

All in all, this was realy easy, if a bit time consuming. I would have been completely done in an hour, if I hadn't run into one snag. I should have kept the threads tighter all the way around, because I ran short of thread in the last couple of inches, and had to go back around using the screwdriver method to pull the thread tighter and free up some extra inches. HOWEVER, I must have knicked the thread with the screwdriver end, because one stich balled up most of the thread as I pulled it through, leaving just a thin thread holding the skin at that point, and a little bunch of fluffy thread sticking out the back ot the whhel there. It sounds worse than it is, but it might break there, and I'll have to sew it on again. No big deal, I know how to do it now, and it'll be a piece of cake with the leather stretched into the right position, etc.

FWIW, I've pretty much never sewn anything in my life, I did not have a thimble, or a leather glove, or an awl to make holes bigger, or another needle in case of breakage. How anyone could break a needle doing this is beyond me - mine was never under any strain whatsover. Basically, this is an easy and effective fix - looks good.

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How about some pics? Would love to see it.
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I'll work on that
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Why don't you just swap the wheel? I bought two clean, used OEM ones on eBay, one for $54 shipped & one for $72 shipped. It's hard to break the security bolts, but it's worth it.
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I'm sending mine to these people: http://www.craftcustoms.com/pages/Wheels-Leather.htm

I was quoted $280 to thicken the padding and replace the leather similar to the picture below:
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I'm sending mine to these people: http://www.craftcustoms.com/pages/Wheels-Leather.htm

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Is yours heated?
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How much are new wheels at the dealer without airbags?
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It's my kids car, so it's hardly ever here. My post was more about the fact that it's easy to do - there are about a thousand pictures on the web of what a wheelskins cover looks like installed. It looks just like that
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wow... last time I had a quote on replacing the steering wheel cover was close to $450
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