Acura Coupes and Sedans 1994-2000 Repair Information

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
All models covered by this guide are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in CHASSIS ELECTRICAL .

  1. Disable the SRS, as outlined in CHASSIS ELECTRICAL of this guide.
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  3. If not already done, disconnect the negative, then the positive battery cables.
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  5. Remove the connector between the air bag and the cable reel.
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  7. Remove the bolts that hold the air bag module to the steering wheel.
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See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 1: Location of the 2 air bag module-to-steering wheel retainers.



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Fig. Fig. 2: A Torx®driver is required to remove these air bag mounting screws



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Fig. Fig. 3: Carefully lift the air bag module from the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 4: Always carry a live air bag with the trim cover facing away from you

  1. Remove the air bag assembly, holding it away from you in case of accidental deployment.
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  3. Detach the connectors for the horn.
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  5. If equipped, unplug the cruise control connector.
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  7. Unfasten the steering wheel nut.
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  9. Remove the steering wheel by rocking it slowly from side to side while pulling steadily with both hands.
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See Figure 5

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Fig. Fig. 5: Rocking the steering wheel side to side will loosen it from the shaft

To install:
  1. Before installing the steering wheel, center the cable reel by pointing the arrow up. This can be done by rotating the cable reel clockwise until it stops. Then rotate the cable reel about two turns counterclockwise.
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  3. Install the steering wheel and make sure the wheel shaft engages the cable reel and canceling sleeve.
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See Figure 6

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Fig. Fig. 6: When installing the steering wheel on the shaft remember to line up the matchmarks you made

  1. Attach all wires and harnesses.
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  3. Install the air bag assembly using new bolts.
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  5. Install all covers.
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  7. Connect the positive cable first and then the negative. Refer to CHASSIS ELECTRICAL for more information on enabling the air bag system.
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  9. After installation, confirm normal system operation and that all controls are working.
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