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Something that has been bothering me on and off for a while-

There is a small recess (can't tell if it's a screw hole or not) on the back of the steering wheel grip at the 6'oclock position.

Sometimes when I get in the car (and it always seems to happen when wearing light colored dress pants) my knee brushes up against the bottom of the wheel and some oil leaks out of this mystery hole and stains my pants forever.

I've stuck pieces of napkin in there to slow the progress, but over months/years the drop comes back.

It's a tiny amount, like 2-3 drops a year but I can't figure out what the h-e-double hockey sticks it could be, and why it keeps happening.

Any ideas?
 

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My guess is it's the resins in the hard plastic or rubber that is seeping out. Go to wal-mart and buy a bottle of simple green cleaner. Spray it all over steering wheel wait a minute or two then wipe off with a clean rag. You may have to do this several times.
 

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I have this same problem on my 69 nova. Only I NEVER wear anything nice in it because it's a race car. I plan on doing what I have listed below.

I read an article a while back in Car Craft or something like that. They didn't suggest this, but it'll be much better. Take the steering wheel off and wash it with mineral spirits. They recommended Simple Green or lacquer thinner if I remember. My problem with lacquer thinner is that it might melt the steering wheel a bit. You could even just try soaking it in dish soap for a night. I'd imagine that would help to dissolve some of the oils from 40 years of handling it and the resins in the plastic. Mineral spirits would seem to be the most effective though.
 

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75 250 4door

There is a small recess (can't tell if it's a screw hole or not) on the back of the steering wheel grip at the 6'oclock position.

I had the same problem and I plugged the hole with epoxy. That was a few years back. Right now, grabbing the wheel makes me understand what the Brer Rabbit experienced when it wrestled the Tar Baby. :eek: The whole surface has turned into something just like Permatex. The wheel originally came out of late 70's Camaro.
 
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