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How to Put On a Steering Wheel Cover

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The steering wheel, like any other part of the car, deteriorates over time. Putting on a steering wheel cover will help extend the life of your steering wheel. In addition, a steering wheel also improves driving comfort as it provides additional grip and lessens driver’s fatigue.

If you find your steering wheel unappealing, a good steering wheel cover can spruce it up and add a dash of style to your interior. There are many steering wheel covers to choose from with different patterns, materials, and finish. If you’re looking for some tips on how to find the best steering wheel cover for your car and how to install it, we’ve got you’re back. Check out our guide below, which will teach you how to put on a steering wheel cover the easiest way:

Measuring the Steering Wheel

Use a tape measure to get your steering wheel’s dimensions. Stretch the measuring tape across your steering wheel to get its diameter. Usually, steering wheel diameters range from 14 to 17 inches. To get the wheel’s thickness or its grip circumference, wrap the tape measure around the wheel’s body. You should get around 2 to 5 inches.

Once you’ve determined your steering wheel’s measurements, it’s time to think about the type of steering cover you to use. Remember to consider not just the look of the cover but also how much grip it can potentially add to your steering.

Man putting on a steering wheel cover
Consider your wheel’s diameter, grip circumference, material, and overall design for proper steering wheel cover installation.

Steering Wheel Cover Installation

Clean your steering wheel with isopropyl alcohol and a cloth to eliminate moisture before slipping in the steering wheel cover. Remove the header card or any styrofoam stuffing from your steering wheel cover set. Depending on the material it’s made of, your cover could be loose-fitting and stitch-required or tight-fitting and stiff. If you have the latter, which is usually rigid and inflexible, use a blow dryer to soften the cover.

Align the upper part of the wheel cover to the upper part of your steering wheel. Gently unfold the cover, then work your way down. Stretch both sides of the steering wheel cover alternately and mold it to the wheel as close as possible until you reach the bottom. If the fitting is a bit off, adjust by pulling the cover back. Tuck in the rim and you’re done.

Stitching Guide

As mentioned, some covers require stitching, so they are usually more loose and bigger in size. A lot of these steering wheel cover kits come with sewing materials. In case yours doesn’t have them, you can use a lacing string as substitute to bind your wheel cover. The length of the string depends on the dimensions of your steering wheel. Sewing holes should be already provided, so just follow them accordingly. Remember to tighten the string when stitching so the cover fits properly.

Whatever it is you’re looking for, whether it’s a leather steering wheel cover set, a fur steering wheel cover set, or a vinyl and rubber steering wheel cover set, CarParts.com has what you need. You can view our wide selection of steering wheel covers here: https://bit.ly/2y1ETYU

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