REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 12
Prior to servicing the steering wheel, please read the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) precautions in Chassis Electrical of this guide.
- Center the front wheels to the straight-ahead position and lock the steering column in this position with the ignition switch.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable, then the positive battery cable. Wait at least one minute for the residual power in the air bag assembly to drain.
- Using a small plastic or wooden prytool, remove the access plugs from both sides of the steering wheel. Using a socket with an extension and a ratchet, remove the two bolts through the access holes.
- Lift the driver's side air bag carefully off of the steering wheel.
- Disengage the air bag wiring harness connector from the air bag module, then remove the module from the vehicle. Place the air bag module on a clean work bench with the outside face of the module facing up.
- Detach the horn and speed control connector from the steering wheel.
- Remove and discard the steering wheel retaining bolt.
- Matchmark the steering column shaft and the steering wheel for added insurance against incorrect positioning during reassembly. Using a steering wheel puller, such as Ford Tool T67L-3600-A, remove the wheel from the steering column. Route the wiring harness through the steering wheel as it is lifted off of the steering column shaft.
- Ensure that the front wheels are pointing straight ahead.
- Position the steering wheel on the tip of the steering column shaft and route the wiring harness through the wheel at the 3 o'clock position. Slide the wheel completely onto the steering shaft. The matchmarks should be aligned.
- Install a new steering wheel retainer bolt and tighten it to the value presented in the torque specifications chart.
- Attach the horn and speed control wiring harness connector to the steering wheel and engage the wiring harness in the steering wheel clip, if equipped.
- Position the air bag module near the steering wheel, and connect the wiring harness to it. Ensure that the connectors are fully seated.
- Position the air bag module on the steering wheel and install the retaining bolts through the two access holes on the sides. Tighten them to specifications.
- Connect the positive, then the negative battery cables.
- Verify that the air bag warning indicator lamp indicates a satisfactory air bag system condition.
The air bag indicator light on the instrument cluster will illuminate for approximately 6 seconds when the ignition switch is turned to theRUN
position if the SRS is functioning properly. After being illuminated for the 6 seconds, the indicator light should then turn off. If the air bag light does not illuminate at all, stays on continuously, or flashes at any time, a problem has been detected by the diagnostic monitor computer.