REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The factory recommends that the front wheels be set in the straight-ahead position and you paint or make chalk marks on the column and steering wheel hub for alignment purposes during installation. Of these two safeguards, it is more important to mark the column so even if the column is moved slightly, the steering wheel can still be repositioned in its original position.Models Without Air Bag
See Figures 1 through 7
- Set the front wheel in the straight ahead position.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the one screw from the underside of each steering wheel spoke, and lift the horn switch assembly (steering wheel pad) from the steering wheel. On vehicles equipped with the sport steering wheel option, pry the button cover off with a screwdriver.
- Disengage the horn switch wires at the connector and remove the switch assembly. On vans equipped with speed control, squeeze the J-clip ground wire terminal firmly and pull it out of the hole in the steering wheel. Don't pull the wire out without squeezing the clip.
- Remove the horn switch assembly.
- Matchmark the relationship of the steering wheel to the steering shaft.
- Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
- Use a steering wheel puller to draw the steering wheel from the shaft.
- Position the steering wheel on the shaft so that the marks made during removal are aligned.
- Install the retaining nut and tighten it to 30-42 ft. lbs. (41-56 Nm).
- Engage the horn and speed control wires to the horn pad (if equipped).
- Install the horn pad and tighten the screws.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Test drive the van and check for proper operation.
See Figures 8 and 9
- Turn the front wheels to the straight-ahead position.
- Disconnect the positive battery cable from the terminal or disengage the positive battery cable-to-starter relay cable for at least one minute to let the air bag back-up power supply discharge.
- Remove the air bag module from the steering wheel (refer to Chassis Electrical ).
- Disconnect the horn/speed control wiring from the steering wheel.
- Remove the steering wheel retaining bolt.
- Use steering wheel puller T67L-3600-A, or equivalent, and remove the steering wheel. Route the contact assembly harnesses through the steering wheel as it is lifted off of the shaft.
Make sure the front wheels are still in the straight-ahead position prior to installation.
- Route the air bag sliding contact wiring through the steering wheel at the 3 o'clock position. Position the steering wheel on the shaft an align the marks. Make sure not to pinch the contact wire.
- Install a new steering wheel retaining bolt, then tighten to 23-33 ft. lbs. (31-45 Nm).
- Connect the horn/speed control wiring and clip in place. Connect the air bag wire harness. Tighten the module retaining nuts to 35-53 inch lbs. (4-6 Nm).
When the battery cable has been disconnected, then reconnected, some abnormal driving symptoms may occur for the first 10 miles (16 km) until the PCM relearns it adaptive strategy.
- Connect the battery to starter cable. Verify the air bag warning indicator light on the instrument panel.