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.
- Adjust the steering wheel so that the tires are in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position.
- Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
Remove the driver airbag (3).
Disconnect the wiring connector (2) at the clockspring.
While holding the steering wheel firmly in place, remove the retaining bolt (2) securing the steering wheel to the steering column shaft.
CAUTIONWhen 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.
- 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.
Remove the screw (3) for the speed control switch in order to install the steering wheel puller tool.
CAUTIONDo not bump or hammer on steering wheel or steering column shaft when removing steering wheel from steering column.
Install a steering wheel puller on the steering wheel.
CAUTIONDo 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, causing the clockspring to become inoperative. If removed and handled properly using the correct procedures, it should remain in the -centered- position. If there is any question as to whether the clockspring is in the -centered- position of travel, perform the clockspring centering procedure before installing the steering wheel.
- While holding the steering wheel firmly in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position, remove steering wheel from the steering column shaft using the puller.
- Remove the wheel retaining bolt (2) and the steering wheel.
- The front wheels are in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position.
The turn signal stalk is in the NEUTRAL position.
CAUTIONDo not install the steering wheel onto the shaft of the steering column by driving it onto the shaft.
- Align the steering wheel's wide mounting spline with the steering column shaft missing spline area and push the wheel onto the shaft. Make sure the clockspring lines up with the back of the wheel and does not bind.
- Install the steering wheel retaining bolt and tighten it until the steering wheel is fully installed on shaft. Tighten the steering wheel retaining bolt to 50 N·m (37 ft. lbs.).
- Install the speed control screw that was removed for the puller.
- Connect the wiring connector at the clockspring.
Install the driver airbag.
WARNINGDo not connect battery negative cable yet. Refer first to Airbag System Test.
- Reconnect the battery using the Airbag System Test procedure in Restraints.
- Verify vehicle and system operation.