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Steering wheel leather wear

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by bobcat_mt, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. Sep 2, 2019 at 12:11 PM
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    bobcat_mt

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    86BB3CE2-A3B8-4B86-94FA-DB654B9D13D6.jpg Anybody else have this kind of wear on their steering wheel leather? (3rd gen) It’s presumably due to rubbing from the previous owner’s hand position. Kind of annoying that it already looks like this when being only 3 years old. Is there anything I could do to make it look better or prevent further wear? Aside from a cover of course. Thanks!
     
  2. Sep 2, 2019 at 5:12 PM
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    NMTrailRider

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    Since you're down to actual leather, it might actually soak up some conditioner. That might make it look a little better with a darkening effect.

    You could try something like Meguiars Ultimate Leather Balm.
     
  3. Sep 2, 2019 at 6:34 PM
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    How many miles on the truck? I am surprised it looks that way.
     
  4. Sep 2, 2019 at 6:42 PM
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    About 75k. Kind of high for a 3rd gen. I bought it with 60k and that’s how it looked. Hopefully others don’t see the same issue when theirs see more use
     
  5. Sep 3, 2019 at 7:31 AM
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    Steering wheel cover??
     
  6. Sep 3, 2019 at 7:49 AM
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    You said the previous owner did that? Either that dude had some serious white-knuckle rage issues or he had callouses over his callouses. Probably both. :eek:

    You'll probably need to work it with leather filler / clear coat sealer. That much damage though, its going to take an awful lot of work to make it look almost-right. I'd be tempted to just go buy another wheel from a salvage yard.
     
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  7. Sep 3, 2019 at 2:55 PM
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    That’s what I’m considering, but yes that’s how it looked when I bought it. I’ve lived with it so far but I have slight OCD and it really gets on my nerves. I figured getting a new wheel would probably be the only easy option
     
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  8. Sep 3, 2019 at 6:57 PM
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    :(0DBCB464-84E0-43AF-B073-5CE884AF6EE6.jpg Edit: I treated the steering wheel with a leather conditioner and now it looks worse. It’s to the point where it would look better if I took a black sharpie to it (don’t worry I’m not going to)
     
  9. Sep 3, 2019 at 8:03 PM
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    The PO must have used some kind of lotion, sunscreen, bug repellent or hand cleaner that contributed to this damage. Or maybe had sandpaper hands like an old sheet rocker who sands screw head mud with his palm. Or had a nervous habit of scratching away at it with a fingernail. I think replacing it is the best option. I think ebay has decent deals on leather Tacoma steering wheels. I read about tundra guys replacing their rubber steering wheels with leather Tacoma versions because the Tacoma steering wheels are cheaper and more numerous than leather tundra wheels
     
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  10. Sep 3, 2019 at 8:09 PM
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    He was a fishing guide, my guess is lots of sunscreen and bug spray. I guess if anything this is a good warning for others with leather steering wheels. Take care of them! One of the downfalls of buying used is you can’t do it from the start. I’ll take a look on eBay or keep my eye out for a part out
     
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    These two things can wreak havoc on a cars interior, and exterior plastics as well. Bug spray eats away plastic, well DEET does. Some people use it to remove hazing from headlights, it actually eats away the outer layer of plastic. Its weird how some chemicals can cause so much damage to our trucks. I recall a few posts where air fresheners hanging from someone's volume knob bubbled the finish of someone center dash around the climate knobs
     
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    Good to know. I think I'll look into a cover for now, I hate covers and like to keep the factory look but it looks like there are some good ones out there. I appreciate your help!
     
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    Wonder if you could get a new dealer installed steering wheel for under 1k ? ( Expensive I know )
     
  17. Sep 3, 2019 at 8:31 PM
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    I don't even want to know the cost of a new one from the dealer. Unfortunately it'll probably be out of my price range for something so minor
     
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    Go for it. Some of the guys at tundras.com this without any sewing experience. They said it took a couple hours. Seems like taking the wheel off and doing it indoors is the best route.
     
  20. Sep 21, 2019 at 1:14 PM
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    Mine started to do the same as well. Only 40000 mkles
     
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