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Oil from steering wheel?

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75 250 4door

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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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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