Removal & Installation
See Figures 1 through 10
- Position the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Wait one minute before proceeding further. This is the time required for the backup power supply in the air bag diagnostic monitor to deplete its stored energy.
- Loosen the four driver side air bag module bolts and remove the module.
- Disengage the two electrical connectors by depressing the catches while pulling.
- Set the air bag module aside with the trim cover face up.
- Matchmark the steering wheel and steering column shaft for assembly reference.
- Remove the steering wheel nut.
- Using a steering wheel puller tool, remove the steering wheel. Do not hit the steering column with a hammer.
- Route the wiring harness through the steering wheel as it is lifted off the steering column shaft.
- Place tape across the air bag clockspring to prevent the contact from rotating.
If the air bag sliding contact has been accidentally rotated, proceed as follows:
- Unfasten the steering column shroud screws, then separate and remove the shroud.
- Turn the air bag sliding contact clockwise to lock it, then back it off 23/4 turns.
- Align the arrows on the air bag sliding contact and the air bag sliding contact housing.
- Install the shroud and secure with the screws.
- Position the steering wheel onto the steering column shaft and align the matchmarks. Tighten the nut to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm).
- Engage the 2 electrical connectors, position the air bag module, and install the four bolts.
- Tighten the bolts to 36-53 inch lbs. (4-6 Nm.).
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Confirm operational status of the air bag system by turning the ignition switch to the RUN position while watching the air bag warning indicator. The air bag diagnostic monitor will illuminate the warning indicator for approximately 6 seconds and then turn it off, indicating that the air bag warning indicator is functional. If the air bag warning indicator does not illuminate, stays on steady, or flashes, a fault has been detected by the air bag diagnostic monitor.