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Edson wheel removal from pedestal

trying to remove the ss 6-spoke wheel from the pedestal to replace raymarine autohelm wheelpilot. The wheel nut is easily removed but the metal cover does not want to move. any thoughts on how to remove the cover to the wheel hub?

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Our previous boat had a wheel pilot with an external belt drive. It was pretty easy to take the wheel off to get it out of the way while anchored. Remove nut, slide wheel off then bump into steering shaft with clean shorts on and get a big grease spot on them.

Our current boat has a wheel pilot where the motor and belt are all contained in a plastic case. The first time I took the wheel off, I was worried about breaking something, because the wheel just didn't slide off like the other boat. I don't know how your wheel pilot is, but on ours, the plastic case that houses the belt and wheel snaps together and kind of snaps apart if you pry on it a bit to separate the two halves. Once you get the case separated, the wheel slides off pretty easy.
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Re: Edson wheel removal from pedestal

So I went to remove my wheel to refinish the pedestal as the paint was showing age it seems as though the wheel was seized onto the wheel shaft. After a few wiggles the shaft actually snapped off. Any idea where I can get a new shaft if I can pound the old one out of the wheel? Glad I wasn't out in a storm!
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Re: Edson wheel removal from pedestal

The Edson on line store should have the shaft. I highly recommend Aerokroil penetrating oil to remove the old shaft. I just got through using it to remove the aluminium quadrant from a SS rudder post and the stuff is amazing. You can get it at Amazon. Also, Kano the mfg. is running a special on their site- two large cans for the price of one. All you need is a company name and a po number.
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Re: Edson wheel removal from pedestal

Sent an email off to edson. Waiting to hear back. It's quite an old pedastal. Pre needle bearing. It looks like the raymarine auto pilot drive motor was grounding out on the body of the aluminum tower and arcing at the shaft right behind the wheel. Thus cooking the shaft. It looks burnt. I guess I have found my elusive bad ground causing frequent low batt alarms on the raymarine while under way. Anyone else have this happen?
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Re: Edson wheel removal from pedestal

If they no longer carry it, try Holland Marine. I have a Yacht Specialties wheel that I have not explored (yet). I have to replace the steering cables and am not looking forward to what I might find with the sprocket, chain, etc. When I was looking for possible part sources, I saw a post where someone found some obsolete parts at Holland. They may have what you need.
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Re: Edson wheel removal from pedestal

Thanks. Edson doesn't recognize it from my photos. Looks like I've got something someone made or something. Off to the machine shop by the looks of things
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