BMW 318/325/M3/525/535/M5 1989-1993 Repair Information

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Without SRS Air Bag
  1. Unlock the steering column with the ignition key.
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  3. Carefully pry the center emblem out of the steering wheel.
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  5. Hold the steering wheel and remove the nut from the steering shaft.
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  7. Mark the relationship of the steering wheel to the shaft and pull the steering wheel off the shaft.
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To install:
  1. Install the steering wheel in its original position. Install the washer and a new locknut. Torque the nut to 58 ft. lbs. (80 Nm). Do not use the steering column lock to hold the steering wheel against the torque. Hold the wheel during torquing.
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  3. Install the center emblem by pressing down into the opening. Check for smooth rotation of the wheel and operation of the horn.
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With SRS Air Bag

CAUTION
All precautions must be adhered to or premature deployment of the air bag may occur causing personal injury. If the air bag system is damaged or rendered inoperative, the additional protection an air bag provides in a frontal collision will not be available and may lead to greater injury in an accident. Refer to Chassis Electrical for SRS precautions and procedures.

  1. Disarm the SRS and disconnect the negative battery terminal. Remove the lower steering column trim or the small panel and disconnect the orange connector.
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  3. Use tool 00 2 110 or equivalent, to remove the air bag module bolts from behind the steering wheel. Remove the air bag module and disconnect the wire on the back. Place the air bag module in the trunk with the pad facing up.
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  5. Unlock the steering column with the ignition key. Turn the steering wheel to the straight position.
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  7. Hold the steering wheel and remove the nut from the steering shaft.
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  9. Mark the relationship of the steering wheel to the shaft and pull the steering wheel off the shaft.
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To install:
  1. Install the steering wheel in its original position with the lock pin in the bore. Install the washer and a new locknut. Torque the nut to 58 ft. lbs. (80 Nm). Do not use the steering column lock to hold the steering wheel against the torque. Hold the wheel during torquing.
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  3. If the contact ring has moved out of position and needs to be return to the center, press the spring and rotate the ring completely left or right to the stop. Turn the ring in the opposite direction 3 turns to align the marks.
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  5. Install the air bag module and connect the wires. Torque the mounting bolts to 6 ft. lbs. (8 Nm), right side first. Check for smooth rotation of the wheel and operation of the horn.
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