300, 300C & Magnum 2006-2008, Charger 2006-2008

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
Before servicing the steering column the airbag system must be disarmed. Refer to electrical restraint system for service procedures. Failure to do so may result in accidental deployment of the airbag and possible personal injury.


WARNING
All fasteners must be torqued to specification to ensure proper operation of the steering column.

  1. Disable the air bag system, as outlined in the Chassis Electrical section.
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  3. Position the front wheels straight-ahead.
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  5. Fully extend or pull out adjustable steering column.
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  7. If not already done, disconnect the negative battery cable.
    CAUTION
    Wait two minutes for the airbag system reserve capacitor to discharge before beginning any airbag system or component service. Failure to do so may result in accidental airbag deployment, personal injury or death.

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  9. Remove the airbag (3), as follows:
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  11. From behind the steering wheel (1), remove the two screw covers and screws (5) to the driver airbag (3).
    WARNING
    Do not pull on the horn switch feed pigtail wire to disengage the connector from the driver airbag or to disconnect the horn switch to steering wheel wire harness connection. Improper pulling on this pigtail wire or connection can result in damage to the horn switch membrane or feed circuit.

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  13. Carefully pull airbag rearward just far enough to disconnect the two airbag squib connectors (2) and the horn connector (4).
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  15. Separate the driver airbag from steering column.
    NOTE
    The driver airbag trim cover is available for service separately. If the horn switch is faulty or the trim cover is damaged, the airbag cushion assembly may be transferred to a new trim cover. If the airbag is defective, the entire driver airbag and driver airbag trim cover must be replaced as an assembly.



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    Fig. Exploded view of the driver-s side airbag mounting

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  17. Remove the steering wheel retainer bolt, then slide the steering wheel off the shaft. Discard the steering wheel retainer bolt and replace with a new bolt during installation.
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  19. If the steering wheel is being replaced, transfer attached components as necessary.
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To install:

  1. Align the spline on the steering wheel hub to the column shaft, then install the steering wheel. Install a NEW retainer bolt and tighten the bolt to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
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  3. Install the airbag, as follows:
    NOTE
    The driver airbag trim cover is available for service separately. If the horn switch is faulty or the trim cover is damaged, the airbag cushion assembly may be transferred to a new trim cover. If the airbag is defective, the entire driver airbag and driver airbag trim cover must be replaced as an assembly.

    1. Position the driver airbag on the steering wheel near the mounting location.
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    3. Connect the two airbag squib connectors and the horn connector.
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    5. Position the driver airbag mounting screws into the driver airbag. From behind the steering wheel (1) install the two screws to the driver airbag and tighten them to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
      CAUTION
      Do not connect the negative battery cable without performing the proper battery reconnection procedure. Personal injury or death may result if the procedure is not performed properly.

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  5. Perform the following battery reconnection procedure:
    NOTE
    This reconnection procedure is to be performed anytime the battery has been disconnected.

    1. Connect the negative battery cable (2) to the battery post and tighten the clamp nut.
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    3. Install the rear compartment floor trim panel.
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  7. Once the battery has been connected, review and perform the following information as applicable.
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AUTO UP FRONT WINDOW

  1. If the vehicle is equipped with the auto-up front window feature, once the battery is reconnected the door module needs to be calibrated. The door module requires calibration anytime the battery or door module has been disconnected for any length of time. To calibrate, perform the following:
    1. Turn the Ignition to the Run position.
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    3. Regardless of current window position, move the driver side front window upward until the window stalls in the full up position. Allow the window motor to stall for at least 2 seconds before releasing the switch.
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    5. Move the driver side front window downward until the window stalls in the full down position. Allow the window motor to stall for at least 2 seconds before releasing the switch.
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    7. Move the driver side front window upward until the window stalls in the full up position. Allow the window motor to stall for at least 2 second before releasing the switch.
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    9. Repeat the above steps for the passenger side front window.
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    11. Verify the windows are properly calibrated by operating the express down and up features on the windows. Repeat this procedure if the calibration failed. If unable to properly calibrate after the second attempt, check the Driver's Door Module (DDM) and Passenger's Door Module (PDM) for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) and correct as required.
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ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM (ESP)

  1. If the vehicle is equipped with ESP, once the battery is reconnected, the Steering Angle Sensor (SAS) within the Antilock Brake Module (ABM) needs to be calibrated. The SAS requires calibration (initialization) using the scan tool anytime the battery or an ABS (ESP) component has been disconnected for any length of time. If the SAS is not calibrated following battery reconnection, the ESP/BAS indicator lamp will flash continuously with no DTCs. To calibrate (initialize), perform the following:
    1. Position the front wheels straight ahead and center the steering wheel.
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    3. Connect the scan tool to the vehicle.
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    5. Follow the directions on the scan tool.
      WARNING
      If the steering wheel is excessively off-center while driving, outside of Chassis specifications, inadvertent ESP activations may occur on a vehicle so equipped.

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  3. Test the operation of the horn, lights and any other functions that are steering column operated
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