REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
- Disconnect the battery ground cable.
- If applicable, unscrew the horn pad from behind the steering wheel.
- Working through the access holes in the back of the wheel, push the horn pad off. Do NOT pry the pad off!
- Disconnect the horn wire.
- Matchmark the steering wheel and shaft.
- Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
- Using a puller, remove the steering wheel from the shaft. NEVER hammer the shaft to free the wheel!
- Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
See Figures 6, 7, 8 and 9
The DRBII scan tool may be required for this procedure. Steering wheel installation requires the clockspring to be centered to prevent accidental deployment of the air bag module. If the clockspring is not centered, or if the front wheels were moved, the clockspring centering procedure will require the use of the DRBII scan tool to final check the system.
- Make sure the front wheels are straight and the steering column is locked in place.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable at the battery and isolate. Wait 2 minutes for the reserve capacitor to discharge before removing non deployed module.
- Remove the 4 nuts attaching the air bag module from the back side of the steering wheel.
- Lift the module and unplug the connector from the rear of the module.
Refer to Chassis Electrical for precautions concerning the handling of a live air bag module.
- Remove the vehicle speed control switch and connector, if so equipped, or the cover.
- Remove the steering wheel retaining nut. The steering wheel and shaft are master splined for installation reference.
- Pull the air bag and speed control wires through the lower, larger hole in the steering wheel and horn wire through the smaller hole at the top. Be sure not to pinch the wires.
- With the front wheels in a straight-ahead position, position the steering wheel on the steering column by aligning the master splines.
- Install, then tighten the nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm). Do not attempt to force the wheel onto the shaft. The force of the nut is all that is needed to properly seat the steering wheel.
- Install the wires to the horn buttons, speed control and air bag module.
- Connect the clockspring wiring to the module by pressing straight in on the connector. It should latch securely beneath the module locking clip.
- Mount the air bag module, install the 4 nuts, tightening them to 80-100 inch lbs. (9-11 Nm).
- Do not connect the negative battery until you perform an Air Bag System Check as outlined in Chassis Electrical .