Bonneville, LeSabre, Park Avenue 2000-2005

Removal & Installation

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  1. Disable the air bag system. Refer to the Chassis Electrical Section.
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  3. On the back side of the steering wheel you will find 4 openings for removing the driver inflator module.
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  5. Position the steering wheel so that 2 of the opening/holes are on top.
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  7. Adjust and install Air Bag Remover tool J-44298 into 2 of the holes.
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  9. Push the handle back towards the instrument panel, releasing the 2 spring-loaded fasteners at the same time.
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  11. Turn the steering wheel and open the tool. Use one of the tool fingers to remove cruise control lever cover in order to gain access.
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  13. Position and insert the tool into place around the cruise control lever. Repeat the procedure that you used on other two opening/holes.
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  15. Pull the driver inflator module gently away from the steering wheel.
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  17. Remove the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and the electrical connectors from the driver inflator module.
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  19. Remove the horn grounded lead from the threaded hole in the steering wheel.
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  21. Rotate the horn contact lead counterclockwise ¼ turn.
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  23. Remove the horn contact lead from the steering column cam tower.
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  25. Remove the inflatable restraint steering wheel module.
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  27. Disconnect the steering wheel electrical connector.
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  29. Remove the weight block from the steering wheel base, if equipped.
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  31. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
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  33. Note the mark on the steering shaft and the steering wheel in order to ensure proper alignment during installation.
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  35. Install Steering Wheel Puller assembly J-42578 and J-1859-A to the steering wheel.
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  37. Use the tools to separate the steering wheel from the steering column.
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  39. Remove the steering wheel from the steering column.
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  41. Remove the tools from the steering wheel.
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To install:

  1. Route the wiring through the steering wheel.
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  3. Align the mark on the steering wheel with the mark on the shaft.
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  5. Install the steering wheel.
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  7. Install the steering wheel retaining nut and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
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  9. Install the weight block to the steering wheel if equipped.
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  11. Connect the steering wheel electrical connector.
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  13. Connect the horn ground lead into the lower left threaded hole in the steering wheel.
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  15. Connect the horn contact lead into the steering column cam tower.
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  17. Rotate the horn contact turn ¼ turn clockwise to lock.
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  19. Connect the inflator module electrical connectors and CPA.
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  21. Align the driver inflator module fasteners to the steering column fastener holes.
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  23. Push the driver inflator module firmly into the steering column to engage the fasteners.
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  25. Enable the air bag system.
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