Audi Cars 1999-05

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
Some models covered by this manual may be 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. Handling of the SRS components requires extreme care. Special tools are also required. If in doubt, see a qualified service technician to ensure proper removal and installation of air bag system components.

With Air Bag




CAUTION
The models covered in this section 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.

  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Release the steering wheel position lever and adjust the steering wheel height to its highest position, then pull the steering wheel out as far as possible and lock in place with the adjustment lever.
  4.  
  5. Turn the steering wheel from center to access the T30 Torx® air bag fasteners through the two holes on the backside of the left and right steering wheel spokes and remove the fasteners.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the electrical connection and remove the air bag. Place it in a safe area stored with the inflation module upright (steering wheel side down).
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the SRS air bag electrical connector.
  10.  
  11. Loosen the steering wheel mounting nut, then center the steering wheel and remove the nut. Slide the steering wheel up, but not off of, the splined steering column shaft. Using a sharpened chisel, matchmark the steering wheel to steering column.
  12.  
  13. Remove and discard the fastener.
  14.  
  15. Remove the steering wheel.
  16.  
  17. Installation is in reverse order of removal, noting the following:
  18.  
    1. Install the steering wheel, using a new fastener. Torque to 44ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Install the SRS air bag using new fasteners and tighten to 62 inch lbs. (7 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position BEFORE connecting the negative battery cable.
    6.  




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Fig. Always store the air bag in a safe area with the inflation module facing up to avoid injury should accidental deployment occur



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Fig. Always matchmark the steering wheel to the steering column before removal

Without Air Bag



  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Center the steering wheel.
  4.  
  5. Carefully release the center cover plate.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the steering wheel mounting nut, then center the steering wheel and remove the nut. Slide the steering wheel up but not off of the splined steering column shaft. Using a sharpened chisel, matchmark the steering wheel to steering column.
  8.  
  9. Remove the hex nut.
  10.  
  11. Remove the steering wheel.
  12.  
  13. Installation is in reverse order of removal noting the following:
  14.  

1990-93 Passat models:



Steering wheel-to-steering column hex nut: 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
 

1994-96 Passat models:



Steering wheel-to-steering column hex nut: 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
 

 
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