Breeze, Cirrus, Sebring Convertible and Sedan, Stratus Sedan, 1999-2005

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
Always wear safety goggles when working on Airbag systems.

  1. Remove the remote ground cable from ground stud on shock tower. Then correctly isolate ground cable from vehicle by installing isolator on stud
    CAUTION
    Wait for a minimum of 2 minutes before starting to remove air bag from steering wheel. This will allow the airbag system capacitor to de-energize.

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  3. Make sure front wheels of vehicle are in the straight ahead position.
    CAUTION
    When an undeployed air bag assembly is to be removed from the steering wheel, disconnect battery ground cable and isolate. Allow system capacitor to discharge for two minutes, then begin air bag removal.

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  5. Remove the 2 Torx® head fasteners, 1 on each side of steering wheel, attaching air bag module to steering wheel
    CAUTION
    When handling an undeployed air bag module during servicing of the steering column the following precautions should be observed. At no time should any source of electricity be permitted near the inflator on the back of the air bag module. When carrying a live module, the trim cover should be pointed away from the body to minimize injury if module accidentally deploys. If air bag module is placed on a bench or other surface, plastic cover should be face up to minimize movement in case of accidental deployment.

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  7. Remove the air bag module from center of steering wheel.
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  9. Remove the lock from clock spring air bag electrical lead connector then disconnect clock spring electrical lead connector from the back of the air bag module.
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  11. Remove the screws on rear of steering wheel attaching the speed control switches to the steering wheel. Then remove speed control switches from steering wheel.
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  13. Disconnect the clock spring, horn ground wire from airbag mounting bracket in steering wheel.
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  15. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
    WARNING
    When installing Puller, Special Tool C-3428-B on steering wheel, be sure puller bolts are fully seated in the threaded puller holes in steering wheel. If bolts are not fully seated in threaded holes, threads may be stripped out of steering wheel when puller is tightened to remove steering wheel.

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  17. Install the Puller, Snap-On® CJ2001P or an equivalent on steering wheel
    WARNING
    Do not bump or hammer on steering wheel or steering column shaft when removing steering wheel from steering column.

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  19. Remove the steering wheel assembly from steering column shaft using Puller, Snap-On® CJ2001P or an equivalent.

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    Fig. Steering wheel (1), horn ground wire (2), steering wheel retaining nut (3), airbag mounting bracket (4), speed control switch wire (5), airbag electrical lead (6) and speed control switch wire (7)

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To install:

  1. Ensure front wheels of vehicle are positioned straight-ahead.
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  3. Feed clock spring wiring leads through hole in steering wheel.
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  5. Position steering wheel on shaft of steering column assembly, making sure to fit flats on hub of steering wheel with formations on inside of clock spring.
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  7. Connect the horn ground wire from the clock spring on the airbag mounting bracket in steering wheel.
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  9. Install the steering wheel to steering column shaft retaining nut and tighten until steering wheel is fully installed on shaft. Tighten steering wheel retaining nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm)
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  11. Correctly route the speed control switch wiring leads from the clock spring to switch openings in steering wheel.
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  13. Connect the clock spring electrical leads to the speed control switches.
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  15. Install the speed control switches in the steering wheel. Install and securely tighten screws attaching the speed control switches to the steering wheel.
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  17. Push the speed control wires into the wire retaining channels on the steering wheel.
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  19. Install the air bag electrical lead from clock spring, into connector on back of air bag module.
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  21. Insert locking tab into back of air bag connector.
    1. Be sure electrical connector from clock spring is securely latched into air bag module connector.
      WARNING
      The fasteners, screws, and bolts, originally used for the air bag components are specifically designed for the air bag system. They must never be replaced with any substitutes.

    2.  

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  23. Install the air bag module into center of steering wheel. Align air bag module locating pins with the mating hole and slot in the steering wheel. Install the only the 2 original or correct replacement air bag module attaching bolts. Torque the 2 air bag module attaching bolts to 90 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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  25. To properly connect battery and check airbag system:
    1. Make sure negative battery cable is disconnected.
    2.  
    3. Turn the ignition key to the ON position, then exit vehicle.
    4.  
    5. After checking that no one is inside the vehicle, connect the battery negative cable.
    6.  

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If the airbag warning lamp either fails to light, or goes ON and stays ON , there is a system malfunction and the Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) memory must be checked.

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Fig. Air Bag Module electrical lead

  1. Position steering wheel so that tires are aimed straight-ahead.
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  3. Disconnect and isolate battery negative cable.
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  5. Remove the speed control switch screws from back of steering wheel. Pull the switch pods out and disconnect wire connectors.
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  7. Remove the Driver Airbag attaching bolts from steering wheel.
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  9. Lift airbag and disconnect airbag squib connectors using finger grip.
    CAUTION
    Place the inflator module on a bench or other surface with the bag and trim cover facing up. With the inflator module on the bench, never place anything on or close to the module which may be thrown in the event of accidental deployment.



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    Fig. Horn connector (1), driver airbag (2) and airbag squib connectors (3)

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Use care not to pull on wires. Never use a metallic tool to pry on the connector.

  1. Disconnect horn wire connector from airbag mounting bracket and remove driver airbag.
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  3. If equipped with remote audio control switches, disconnect 4-way connector between clock spring and steering wheel wiring harness.
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  5. Unscrew steering wheel retaining bolt almost all the way out (approximately 15mm). Do not completely remove the bolt at this time.
    WARNING
    When installing the wheel puller on the steering wheel, be sure puller bolts are hand threaded no more than 5 revolutions in the threaded holes of the steering wheel. Avoid contact between the bolts and the face of the clock spring, otherwise damage to the clock spring may result.

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  7. Install the puller on steering wheel.
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  9. While holding steering wheel firmly in straight-ahead position, loosen steering wheel using wheel puller. Remove puller from wheel.
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  11. Remove the retaining bolt, then steering wheel. Carefully feed all wires through steering wheel armature to avoid damaging wires as steering wheel is removed.

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    Fig. Steering wheel puller (1) and steering wheel (2)



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    Fig. Upper shroud (1), bolt (2), steering wheel (3) and lower shroud (4)

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To install:


WARNING
Do not Install the steering wheel by driving it onto the shaft. Pull steering wheel down onto steering column shaft using ONLY the steering wheel retaining bolt.

  1. Ensure that road wheels are aimed straight-ahead.
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  3. Ensure that clock spring is centered by using centering indicator.
    1. Depress the plastic locking pin to disengage lock mechanism.
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    3. With lock mechanism disengaged, rotate the clock spring rotor clockwise until the rotor stops. Do not apply excessive force.
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    5. From the end of travel, rotate the rotor three turns counterclockwise. The wires should end up at the top.
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    7. Release the plastic locking pin to engage clock spring lock mechanism.
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  5. Ensure that turn signal stalk is in neutral position.
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As steering wheel is installed onto steering shaft, pay special attention to following:



Carefully route clock spring wires over top of the steering wheel armature, through wheel.
 
Ensure that pocket in rear of steering wheel hub lines up with drive pin on clock spring rotor.
 
Ensure that block tooth in steering wheel hub lines up with missing tooth on steering column shaft.
 

  1. Install and tighten steering wheel retaining bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
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  3. If equipped with remote audio control switches, connect 4-way connector between clock spring and steering wheel wiring harness . Store connection behind tab in steering wheel housing.
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  5. Connect horn lead wiring connector at driver airbag bracket .
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  7. Route speed control wires under mechanism and through speed control switch pockets.
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  9. Connect airbag squib leads to Driver Airbag:
    1. Be sure squib wiring connectors are securely latched into airbag connectors.
    2.  
    3. Check that wires do not get pinched during installation.
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  11. Place airbag into mounted position.
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  13. Install the airbag mounting bolts and tighten the left side first. Tighten to 75-95 inch lbs. (8.6-10.6 Nm).
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  15. Connect speed control wires to switches and install the switches. Tighten screws to 9-15 inch lbs. (1.1-1.7 Nm).
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  17. To properly connect battery and check airbag system:
    1. Make sure negative battery cable is disconnected.
    2.  
    3. Turn the ignition key to the ON position, then exit vehicle.
    4.  
    5. After checking that no one is inside the vehicle, connect the battery negative cable.
    6.  

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If the airbag warning lamp either fails to light, or goes ON and stays ON , there is a system malfunction and the Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) memory must be checked.

2.0L & 2.5L Engines




CAUTION
Wait at least 2 minutes after disconnecting the battery cable before doing any further work. The air bag is designed to operate after a brief loss of electrical power.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from remote negative terminal on shock tower and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
  4.  
  5. Remove the airbag module from steering wheel. The screws are accessed from behind the steering wheel.
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  7. Set the steering wheel and front wheels to the straight ahead position.
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  9. Remove the clock spring and unplug its electrical connector from the steering wheel.
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  11. Disconnect the clockspring, horn ground wire from airbag mounting bracket in steering wheel.
    NOTE
    When disconnecting the air bag from the clock spring, use a flathead screwdriver and gently pry toward the outer side.

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  13. Remove steering wheel retaining nut.
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  15. Remove the steering wheel from the shaft using Special Tool C-3428-B or a suitable steering wheel puller.
    WARNING
    When installing Special Tool C-3428-B or any steering wheel puller on steering wheel, be sure puller bolts are fully seated in the threaded puller holes in steering wheel. If bolts are not fully seated in threaded holes, threads may be stripped out of steering wheel when puller is tightened to remove steering wheel.


    WARNING
    Do not hammer on the steering wheel, otherwise the collapsible column may be damaged.

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:
    WARNING
    Make sure the matchmarks on the clock spring line up when installing it, otherwise the clock spring will be damaged when the steering wheel is turned.


    NOTE
    Turn the clock spring clockwise fully. Then turn it back approximately 3 3/4 turns counterclockwise to align the mating marks.



    Steering wheel to shaft using a new locknut and torque to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm)
     



    Clock spring to steering wheel and torque the screws to 6 inch lbs. (0.69 Nm)
     
    Airbag module to clock spring
     
    Airbag module to steering wheel
     

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2.4L & 3.0L Engines




CAUTION
Wait at least 2 minutes after disconnecting the battery cable before doing any further work. The air bag is designed to operate after a brief loss of electrical power.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from remote negative terminal on shock tower and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
  4.  
  5. Remove the airbag module from steering wheel. The screws are accessed from behind the steering wheel.
  6.  
  7. Set the steering wheel and front wheels to the straight ahead position.
  8.  
  9. Remove the clock spring and unplug its electrical connector from the steering wheel.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the clockspring, horn ground wire from airbag mounting bracket in steering wheel.
    NOTE
    When disconnecting the air bag from the clock spring, use a flathead screwdriver and gently pry toward the outer side.

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  13. Remove steering wheel retaining nut.
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  15. Remove the steering wheel from the shaft using Special Tool C-3428-B or a suitable steering wheel puller.
    WARNING
    When installing Special Tool C-3428-B or any steering wheel puller on steering wheel, be sure puller bolts are fully seated in the threaded puller holes in steering wheel. If bolts are not fully seated in threaded holes, threads may be stripped out of steering wheel when puller is tightened to remove steering wheel.


    WARNING
    Do not hammer on the steering wheel, otherwise the collapsible column may be damaged.

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:
    WARNING
    Make sure the matchmarks on the clock spring line up when installing it, otherwise the clock spring will be damaged when the steering wheel is turned.


    NOTE
    Turn the clock spring clockwise fully. Then turn it back approximately 3 3/4 turns counterclockwise to align the mating marks.



    Steering wheel to shaft using a new locknut and torque to 31 ft. lbs. (41 Nm)
     



    Clock spring to steering wheel and torque the screws to 6 inch lbs. (0.69 Nm)
     
    Airbag module to clock spring
     
    Airbag module to steering wheel
     

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