MY ALBUS: STEERING WHEEL COVER STORY
wanted to add a cover liner for my steering wheel that should be purposeful and elegant as well.
I understood that Steering wheel covers protect the original steering wheel from becoming grimy or worn down & are made of almost any sort of material, from leather to faux fur. The preference of such material abroad goes with seasons … summer, winter etc.
It was also interesting to note that there are heated steering wheel covers, might be a good choice for those live in a very colder climates which works with 12V outlet!
I prepared / preferred myself:
1. To know the right size /diameter
2. Should snugly fit existing steering wheel to give a better handle and grip.
3. Should give me a sleek but a “full” feeling as I am one of those who have larger hands.
4. Should not get easily ripped from constant handling & Does not discolor or fade.
5. Should be odorless & not to spoil the cabin atmosphere.
6. Should make the wheel look more stylish, elegant from inside and outside and should look cool to complement the car's interior.
7. Easy installation
I measured and found out that our ANHC has medium size steering wheel and the suitable one is around 37 - 39 centimeters / 14.5 - 15.5 inches / in diameter.
(The standard sizes are: Small -13.5 to 14.5 inches in diameter / Medium -14.5 to 15.5 inches in diameter / Large -15.5 to 16.5 inches in diameters.)
The genuine leather is very expensive and I have seen even If it is made of leather, it can get ripped from constant handling; in others, shreds of fabric left dangling.
I preferred, something natural & solid. Something suits to my cabin décor – a beige / black, or combination.
First, I purchased one a beige/black combination from ebay.in , and threw out as it was of very cheap recycled rubber, very heavy, smelling hell , not as elegant as appeared in their advertisement.
I was tempted by this Aliexpress advertisement: ‘STEERING WHEEL COVER VISCOSE CAR SLAMS FOUR SEASONS SUMMER ECO-FRIENDLY’ and ordered:
But unfortunately again disappointed.
I found out that the seller could not supply the one he had advertised for @ US $13.24 as the same was costing to him double the amount, so he had sent to me a counterfeit. When I brought the fact to the seller, he felt guilty and refunded the entire money.
It was almost looking like the good one but the quality of the inner rubber lining was inferior and again emitting unpleasant rubber smell.
(You can read my experience here : Guide: Online Shopping Abroad & Customs Formalities
/ 16th October 2013, 09:39 PM)
I was about to throw that too, but my conscious told ‘no more wasting of money’ over steering wheel covers.
As I liked the exterior design which was made out of viscose material and I started exploring how to avoid the rubber smell.
I soaked the cover in a lukewarm water mixed with white vinegar and dried @ interior. Repeated three times giving a time gap in-between. Found out 75% of odor has gone almost. Kept it in the dickey for few days. Then snapped over my steering wheel and I could feel little smell still, naturally, as I was just sitting in front of it in the driver seat, but thank god the odor disappeared over a period.
It is different, unique & elegant. The black color is nice in all dimension as beige would have easily got dirty. The natural outer threads made out of viscose gives me a good grip and the whole cover is firm & rigid. (Even otherwise our double side tape is there to make it firm!)
Somehow I don’t prefer the ‘stitching type’ as it get bulged and the knots would worn out easily.
Hope you enjoyed my story of the steering wheel cover!