Caliber 2007

Removal & Installation

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WARNING



Do not place a non-deployed airbag face down on a hard surface. The airbag will propel into the air if accidentally deployed, and could result in serious or fatal injury.
 
Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable before beginning steering wheel removal or installation. This will disable the airbag system. Failure to disconnect the battery could result in accidental airbag deployment and possible personal injury.
 
Allow the airbag system capacitor to discharge for two minutes before removing the steering wheel or any airbag system component.
 

  1. Adjust the steering wheel so that the tires are in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position.
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  3. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
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  5. Remove the driver airbag (3).

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    Fig. Removing driver airbag (3).

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  7. Disconnect the wiring connector (2) at the clockspring.

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    Fig. Disconnect wiring connector (2).

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  9. While holding the steering wheel firmly in place, remove the retaining bolt (2) securing the steering wheel to the steering column shaft.
    CAUTION
    When installing a wheel puller on the steering wheel, be sure the puller jaws are fully seated around the steering wheel base (1). If the jaws are not fully seated, the jaws may slip off the steering wheel while attempting to remove the steering wheel. Also, threading the retaining bolt (2) back in the end of the shaft until approximately 13 mm (0.5 in.) of thread is showing between the wheel and the head of the bolt allows a safe reaction surface for the puller to work against.



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    Fig. Remove retaining bolt (2) securing steering wheel.

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  11. Thread the wheel retaining bolt (2) back into the end of the shaft until approximately 13 mm (0.5 in.) of thread is showing between the wheel and the head of the bolt.
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  13. Remove the screw (3) for the speed control switch in order to install the steering wheel puller tool.
    CAUTION
    Do not bump or hammer on steering wheel or steering column shaft when removing steering wheel from steering column.

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  15. Install a steering wheel puller on the steering wheel.
    CAUTION
    Do not attempt to rotate the clockspring rotor once the steering wheel is removed. The clockspring must remain centered in its travel to avoid overextending the clockspring inner parts, ca