2007 Jeep Compass

Removal & Installation

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Jeep Compass 2007-2009

Jeep Patriot 2007-2009


CAUTION
Do not place a non-deployed airbag face down on a hard surface. The airbag may propel into the air if accidentally deployed. Failure to follow this instruction may result in possible serious or fatal injury.


CAUTION
Disable the airbag system before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery (ground) cable, then wait 2 minutes for the airbag system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the airbag system. Failure to follow these instructions may result in accidental airbag deployment and possible serious or fatal injury.


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury when removing a deployed airbag, rubber gloves, eye protection, and a long-sleeved shirt should be worn. There may be deposits on the airbag cushion and other interior surfaces. In large doses, these deposits may cause irritation to the skin and eyes.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Adjust the steering wheel so that the tires are in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position.
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  5. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable. Wait 2 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before further service.
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  7. From the side of the steering wheel (1) hub trim cover, remove the 2 screws (2) that secure the driver airbag to the horn switch within the hub of the steering wheel.

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    Fig. From the side of the steering wheel (1) hub trim cover, remove the 2 screws (2) that secure the driver airbag to the horn switch within the hub of the steering wheel

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  9. Pull the driver airbag (2) away from the steering wheel far enough to access the electrical connections (1) at the back of the airbag housing.
    WARNING
    Do not pull on the clockspring pigtail wires or pry on the connector insulator to disengage the connector from the driver airbag inflator connector receptacle. Improper removal of these pigtail wires and their connector insulators can result in damage to the airbag circuits or the connector insulators.



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    Fig. Pull the driver airbag (2) away from the steering wheel far enough to access the electrical connections (1) at the back of the airbag housing

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  11. The clockspring driver airbag pigtail wire connectors are secured by an integral lock to the airbag inflator connector receptacles, which are located on the back of the driver airbag housing. Firmly grasp and pull the lock straight out from the connector insulator, then pull the insulators straight out from the airbag inflator to disconnect them from the connector receptacles.
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  13. Remove the driver airbag from the steering wheel.
    NOTE
    If the driver airbag has been deployed, the clockspring must be replaced.

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  15. Disconnect the wiring connector (2) at the clockspring.

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    Fig. Disconnect the wiring connector (2) at the clockspring

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  17. While holding the steering wheel (2) firmly in place, remove the bolt (4) that secures the steering wheel to the steering column shaft (1).
    WARNING
    Do not bump or hammer on the steering wheel or steering column shaft when removing the steering wheel.



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    Fig. Exploded view of steering wheel removal

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  19. Install an appropriate wheel puller with hooked legs (1) on the steering wheel over the steering shaft.
    WARNING
    Do not attempt to rotate the clockspring rotor once the steering wheel is removed. The clockspring must remain centered in its travel to avoid overextending the clockspring inner parts, causing the clockspring to become inoperative. If removed and handled properly using the correct procedures, it should remain in the centered position. If there is any question as to whether the clockspring is in the centered position of travel, perform the clockspring centering procedure before installing the steering wheel. Refer to Clockspring Centering.

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  21. While holding the steering wheel firmly in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position, remove the steering wheel from the steering column shaft splines using the wheel puller.

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    Fig. Install an appropriate wheel puller with hooked legs (1) on the steering wheel over the steering shaft

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To install:

  1. Confirm that the front wheels are in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position and that the turn signal stalk is in the NEUTRAL position.
    WARNING
    Do not install the steering wheel onto the shaft of the steering column by driving it onto the shaft.

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  3. Align the wide mounting spline of the steering wheel (2) with the missing spline area of the steering column shaft (1) and push the wheel onto the shaft. Make sure the clockspring lines up with the back of the wheel and does not bind.
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  5. Install the steering wheel retaining bolt (4). Tighten the steering wheel retaining bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  7. Connect the wiring connector (2) at the clockspring.
    CAUTION
    To avoid serious or fatal injury, use extreme care to prevent any foreign material from entering the driver airbag, or becoming entrapped between the driver airbag cushion and the driver airbag trim cover. Failure to observe this warning could result in occupant injuries upon airbag deployment.


    CAUTION
    To avoid serious or fatal injury, the driver airbag trim cover must never be painted. Replacement airbags are serviced with trim covers in the original colors. Paint may change the way in which the material of the trim cover responds to an airbag deployment. Failure to observe this warning could result in occupant injuries upon airbag deployment.

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  9. Position the driver airbag (2) close enough to the steering wheel to reconnect the electrical connections on the back of the airbag housing.
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  11. When installing the driver airbag, reconnect the 2 clockspring driver airbag pigtail wire connectors (1) to the airbag inflator connector receptacles by pressing straight in on the connectors, then pushing the locks straight into the connectors. Be certain to engage each keyed and color-coded connector to the matching connector receptacle.
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  13. Carefully position the driver airbag in the steering wheel. Be certain that the clockspring pigtail wires are not pinched between the driver airbag and the horn switch or the steering wheel armature.
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  15. From the side of the steering wheel hub trim cover, install and tighten the 2 screws (2) that secure the driver airbag to the horn switch. Tighten the screws to 115 inch lbs. (13 Nm).
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  17. Reconnect the battery using the proper procedure following airbag removal/installation. Refer to Supplemental Restraint Verification Test.
    CAUTION
    Failure to perform the Supplemental Restraint Verification Test may result in accidental airbag deployment and serious or fatal injury.

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  19. Verify vehicle and system operation.
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