Prior to setting the puller up, you can possibly loosen things up a bit in the following way: pull on the wheel with one arm wrapped around it while taking a modest ball peen hammer and giving the threaded shaft that the nut came off of a few taps. Don't overdo it and damage the threads on the shaft. If you have a friend to help, this is good. One can pull on the wheel and the other tap.
You could also put a spare nut on the very end of the shaft and hit that. The threads will be protected while the nut doesnt matter.
The basic idea is the shock of the hammer strikes may break some of the bonds holding the steering wheel on. Kind of like a poor man's impact gun. Basically the same method you might use to get the flywheel off of a push type Briggs and Stratton lawn mower.
Last edited by JohnG : 06-04-2009 at 11:01 AM.