REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS. Refer to "Chassis Electrical" for air bag removal, handling and installation procedures.
Do NOT move the front wheels or steering shaft once the steering wheel is removed. Moving the front wheels or steering shaft will disturb the relationship between the clock spring and the shaft. If the relationship has been disturbed, the clock spring must be centered prior to reinstalling the steering wheel.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Wait two minutes. This time is required to discharge the capacitor and prevent unintended air bag deployment. The system is now disarmed.
- Ensure the steering wheel and the vehicle's front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
- As required, remove the speed control switches from the horn pad by unscrewing the attaching screws.
- Remove the four air bag module retaining fasteners at the back of the steering wheel.
- Pull the module far enough away from the steering wheel to disconnect the clockspring wire harness.
- Label and disconnect the clockspring wire harness.
- Remove the air bag module from the steering wheel.
- Matchmark the steering wheel and shaft.
- Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
- Using a steering wheel puller, remove the steering wheel from the shaft.
- Align and install the steering wheel on the column shaft.
- Install a new retaining nut and tighten the nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm) on Ram, or 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm) on Dakota and Durango.
- Connect the clockspring wire harness.
- Install the four air bag module retaining nuts and tighten to 80-100 inch lbs. (9-11 Nm).
- As required, install the speed control switches on the horn pad.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Check the air bag system for proper function prior to driving the vehicle.