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.
WARNINGWhen removing the steering wheel from the column, take care to avoid catching the wiring harness on the wheel.
- 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.
WARNINGBe sure that the air bag sliding contact wire is not pinched or kinked; otherwise, the air bag monitor will detect a system fault.
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:
- 1999-04 models 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
- 2005 models 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm)
- 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.
WARNINGBe sure that the wiring is not pinched or kinked between the steering wheel and the air bag module, otherwise the air bag monitor will detect a system fault.
Position the air bag module on the steering wheel and install the retaining bolts through the two access holes on the sides. Tighten to:
- 1999-04 models 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
- 2005 models 62 inch lbs. (7 Nm)
- Connect the positive, then the negative battery cables.
- Make sure vehicle is unoccupied.
- Connect the positive battery cable.
Connect the negative battery cable.
CAUTIONTo prevent injury in case of an accidental air bag deployment make sure that no part of your body is in front of the air bag module on the steering wheel or in front of the airbag module on the passenger side.
- Stand outside the vehicle and carefully reach between the steering wheel and instrument cluster and turn the ignition to the RUN position.
- Ensure the air bag indicator light turns off after approximately 6 seconds. If the light does not illuminate at all, does not turn off, or starts to flash, use a scan tool to diagnose the airbag system. If the light does turn off after 6 seconds and does not flash, the SRS is working properly.