Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring Convertible and Breeze

See Figures 1 through 9


CAUTION
The Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment of the air bags, resulting in unnecessary SIR system repairs and/or personal injury.

  1. Place the wheels in the straight ahead position.
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  3. Disarm the air bag system, as described in Chassis Electrical .
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The ground cable is equipped with an insulator grommet, which should be placed on the stud to prevent the negative battery cable from accidentally grounding.

  1. Remove the driver's air bag attaching bolts from the back of the steering wheel.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the driver's air bag attaching bolts from the back of the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 2: While holding the air bag module, lift off the secondary latch from the connector ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... and remove the connector from behind the air bag module



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Fig. Fig. 4: Carefully remove the air bag module from the steering wheel

  1. Lift the air bag module. While holding the module, raise the secondary latch and unfasten the wiring connector.
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Never use a metal tool to pry on the air bag wiring connector.

  1. Remove the air bag module and store it in a clean, dry place with the pad cover facing up. Do not place anything on top of the air bag module.
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CAUTION
When carrying a live air bag, make sure the bag and trim cover are pointed away from the body. In the unlikely event of an accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. When placing a live air bag on a bench or other surface, always face the bag and trim cover up, away from the surface. This will reduce the motion of the module if it is accidentally deployed.

  1. Remove the speed control screws from the back of the steering wheel, lift out the pods and disconnect the wiring.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the speed control screws from behind the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 6: Lift out the speed control pod and disengage the wiring connector



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Fig. Fig. 7: Disengage the horn wiring connector from the air bag bracket

  1. Disconnect the horn wire from the air bag bracket. Remove the speed control wires from under the bracket.
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  3. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
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  5. Attach a suitable steering wheel puller tool. Using a wrench, tighten the puller's center bolt until the steering wheel is removed.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Loosen, then remove, the steering wheel retaining nut



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Fig. Fig. 9: Using a steering wheel puller, slowly draw the steering wheel off of its shaft

To install:
  1. Install the steering wheel onto the column.
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  3. Install the steering wheel retaining nut and tighten to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
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  5. Connect the horn wire and the speed control wires.
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  7. Install the speed control pods and reattach the speed control unit to the steering wheel. Tighten the screws to 15 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
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  9. Connect the air bag lead and push the secondary latch into place.
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  11. Install the air bag module and tighten the screws to 85 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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  13. Arm the air bag system, as described in Chassis Electrical .
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Sebring Coupe and Avenger

See Figures 10 and 11


CAUTION
The Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment of the air bags, resulting in unnecessary system repairs and/or personal injury.

  1. Disarm the air bag system, as described in Chassis Electrical .
  2.  
  3. Remove the air bag module mounting bolts from behind the steering wheel.
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  5. To unfasten the clock spring's connector from the air bag module, press the air bag's lock toward the module to spread the lock open. While holding the lock in this position, use a small tipped prying tool to gently pry the connector from the module.
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CAUTION
When carrying a live air bag, make sure the bag and trim cover are pointed away from the body. In the unlikely event of an accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. When placing a live air bag on a bench or other surface, always face the bag and trim cover up, away from the surface. This will reduce the motion of the module if it is accidentally deployed.

  1. Remove the air bag module and store it in a clean, dry place with the pad cover facing up. Do not place anything on top of the air bag module.
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  3. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut and use a steering wheel puller to remove the wheel.
  4.  


WARNING
Do not use a hammer, or the collapsible mechanism in the column could be damaged.



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Fig. Fig. 10: Steering wheel and air bag components

To install:
  1. Confirm that the front wheels are in a straight-ahead position. Center the clock spring by aligning the mating mark (small arrow) on the clock spring with the mating mark on the casing.
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Fig. Fig. 11: Center the clock spring by aligning the mating marks

  1. Install the steering wheel and tighten the retaining nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
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  3. Attach the air bag module wiring connector to clock spring connection. Install the air bag module and tighten the mounting bolts to 43 inch lbs. (5 Nm), then install the side covers.
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  5. Arm the air bag system, as described in Chassis Electrical .
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