Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1989-1996 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1989-93 Models

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the steering wheel pad screws from the back of the wheel



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Fig. Fig. 2: Unplug the horn's electrical connectors from the steering wheel pad

  1. If applicable, unscrew the horn pad from behind the steering wheel.
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  3. Working through the access holes in the back of the wheel, push the horn pad off. Do NOT pry the pad off!
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Fig. Fig. 3: Use paint or a marker to matchmark the steering wheel shaft and the wheel itself



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Fig. Fig. 4: With the correct socket, remove the steering wheel retaining nut

  1. Disconnect the horn wire.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Use a steering wheel puller to coerce the wheel from its press-fit on the shaft

  1. Matchmark the steering wheel and shaft.
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  3. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
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  5. Using a puller, remove the steering wheel from the shaft. NEVER hammer the shaft to free the wheel!
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  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
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1994-96 Models

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.


CAUTION
Disconnect and isolate the negative (ground) battery cable. This will disable the air bag system. Failure to disconnect the battery could result in accidental deployment and possible personal injury. Allow the system capacitor to discharge for two minutes then begin air bag system component removal. Refer to Chassis Electrical for additional air bag system precautions and information.



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Fig. Fig. 6: Exploded view of the air bag steering wheel mounting

  1. Make sure the front wheels are straight and the steering column is locked in place.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable at the battery and isolate. Wait 2 minutes for the reserve capacitor to discharge before removing non deployed module.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Remove 2 screws from behind to detach the speed control switches

  1. Remove the 4 nuts attaching the air bag module from the back side of the steering wheel.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Detach the locking tabs from the right rear steering wheel cover

  1. Lift the module and unplug the connector from the rear of the module.
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Refer to Chassis Electrical for precautions concerning the handling of a live air bag module.

  1. Remove the vehicle speed control switch and connector, if so equipped, or the cover.
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Fig. Fig. 9: Unbolt and remove the air bag module

  1. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut. The steering wheel and shaft are master splined for installation reference.
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To install:

CAUTION
If the clockspring is not properly positioned or if the front wheels were moved, follow the clockspring centering procedure as outlined in Chassis Electrical before installing the steering wheel.

  1. 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.
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  3. With the front wheels in a straight-ahead position, position the steering wheel on the steering column by aligning the master splines.
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  5. 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.
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  7. Install the wires to the horn buttons, speed control and air bag module.
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  9. Connect the clockspring wiring to the module by pressing straight in on the connector. It should latch securely beneath the module locking clip.
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  11. Mount the air bag module, install the 4 nuts, tightening them to 80-100 inch lbs. (9-11 Nm).
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  13. Do not connect the negative battery until you perform an Air Bag System Check as outlined in Chassis Electrical .
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