Escalade, Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, Denali, DenaliXL, YukonXL 1999-2005

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
When performing service around the SIR system components or wiring, the SIR system MUST be disabled. Failure to do so could result in possible air bag deployment, personal injury or unneeded SIR system repairs.

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. On models equipped with a drivers side air bag, perform the following procedure:
    1. Disable the Supplemental Restraint System (if equipped).
    2.  
    3. On models equipped with a air bag, turn the steering wheel 90° to access the rear shroud holes to the inflator module. Insert a screwdriver in the holes and push the leaf spring to release the pin. Turn the steering wheel 180° to access the remaining shroud holes and using the screwdriver, release the remaining pins.
    4.  
    5. Tilt the inflator module rearward from the top to access the wiring. Tag and unplug the lead wire from the clip on the module, the lead wire from the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer from the module.
    6.  

  4.  
  5. If not equipped with a drivers side air bag, remove the horn pad or button cap and disconnect the horn wires.

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    Fig. Remove the horn button cap



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    Fig. Disengage the horn wiring



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    Fig. If equipped, remove the snapring from the steering shaft

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  7. Mark the steering wheel-to-steering shaft relationship.
  8.  
  9. If equipped, remove the snapring from the steering shaft.
  10.  
  11. Remove the nut from the steering shaft.
    WARNING
    Don't hammer on the steering shaft!

  12.  
  13. Remove the steering wheel with a puller.
  14.  

To install:

  1. Install the wheel. The turn signal control assembly must be in the Neutral position to prevent damaging the canceling cam and control assembly. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the horn pad and horn contact (if equipped).
  4.  
  5. If equipped with a drivers side air bag, install the inflator module as follows:
    1. Attach the lead wire to the clip on the module, the lead wire to the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer to the module.
    2.  
    3. Install the inflator module by pressing it firmly into the steering wheel so that all four notched pins in the leaf spring are fully engaged. Be very careful that you do not pinch any wires.
    4.  

  6.  
  7. Connect the battery ground cable and enable the SIR system (if equipped).

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    Fig. Remove the nut and washer from the steering shaft



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    Fig. Use a puller to separate the steering wheel



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    Fig. Remove the steering wheel

  8.  

  1. Disable the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system (if equipped), as outlined in the Chassis Electrical Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the inflator module.
  4.  
  5. Remove the horn pad assembly (if not equipped with an SIR).
  6.  
  7. Remove the horn switch.
  8.  
  9. Make an alignment mark in order to note the relationship of the steering wheel to the steering shaft.
  10.  
  11. Remove the steering wheel nut.
  12.  
  13. Use tool J1859A or equivalent in order to remove the steering wheel.

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    Fig. Use tool J1859A or equivalent in order to remove the steering wheel.

  14.  

To install:

  1. Align the marks made during the removal procedure on the steering shaft and the steering wheel.
  2.  
  3. Install the steering wheel nut to the steering shaft.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the horn switch.
  8.  
  9. Install the horn pad assembly, if not equipped with an SIR.
  10.  
  11. Install the inflator module.
  12.  
  13. Enable the SIR system, if equipped.
  14.  


CAUTION
When performing service around the SIR system components or wiring, the SIR system MUST be disabled. Failure to do so could result in possible air bag deployment, personal injury or unneeded SIR system repairs.

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the air bag:
    1. Disable the Supplemental Restraint System.
    2.  
    3. T urn the steering wheel 90° to access the rear shroud holes to the inflator module. Insert a screwdriver in the holes and push the leaf spring to release the pin. Turn the steering wheel 180° to access the remaining shroud holes and using the screwdriver, release the remaining pins.
    4.  
    5. Tilt the inflator module rearward from the top to access the wiring. Tag and unplug the lead wire from the clip on the module, the lead wire from the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer from the module.
    6.  

  4.  
  5. Mark the steering wheel-to-steering shaft relationship.
  6.  
  7. If equipped, remove the snapring from the steering shaft.
  8.  
  9. Remove the nut from the steering shaft.
    WARNING
    Don't hammer on the steering shaft!

  10.  
  11. Remove the steering wheel with a puller.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the steering wheel assembly

  12.  

To install:

  1. Install the wheel. The turn signal control assembly must be in the Neutral position to prevent damaging the canceling cam and control assembly. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the inflator module as follows:
    1. Attach the lead wire to the clip on the module, the lead wire to the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer to the module.
    2.  
    3. Install the inflator module by pressing it firmly into the steering wheel so that all four notched pins in the leaf spring are fully engaged. Be very careful that you do not pinch any wires.
    4.  

  4.  
  5. Connect the battery ground cable and enable the SIR system.

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    Fig. Remove the nut and washer from the steering shaft



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    Fig. Use a puller to separate the steering wheel



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    Fig. Remove the steering wheel

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