REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Before proceeding, make sure that a new steering wheel retaining bolt is available. Once removed the bolt loses its torque holding ability or retention capability and must not be reused.
- Make sure that the front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable(s).
- Wait at least 1 minute before proceeding with the service procedure. This is the time required for the backup power supply to deplete its stored energy.
- Remove the air bag module retaining bolt covers.
- Remove air bag module retaining bolts and lift the air bag module from the steering wheel.
- Detach the air bag sliding contact, horn and if equipped, the speed control electrical harness connectors and remove the air bag module.
- Remove the steering wheel retaining bolt and discard.
- Install Steering Wheel Puller T67-3600-A or equivalent and loosen the steering wheel from the steering column shaft.
- Remove the steering wheel while routing the wires from the air bag sliding contact through the steering wheel.
If a new air bag sliding contact is being installed, remove the plastic lock tool after the intermediate shaft is connected to the steering gear.
- Make sure the vehicle's front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
- Route the air bag sliding contact wire harness through the steering wheel opening at the three o'clock position. Position the steering wheel on the steering shaft so that the alignment marks on the wheel and shaft are aligned. Be sure the air bag sliding contact wiring is not pinched.
- Install a new steering wheel retaining bolt and tighten the bolt to 23-33 ft. lbs. (31-48 Nm) on the 1997-98 F-250HD, F-350 and F-Super Duty and to 23-32 ft. lbs. (31-44 Nm) on all other models.
- Connect the wire connectors for the horn, speed control and air bag module then position the air bag module on the steering wheel. Install and tighten the 4 air bag module retaining nuts to 35-50 inch lbs. (4.0-5.6 Nm) on 1997-98 F-250HD, F-350 and F-Super Duty models. Tighten the two air bag module retaining screws to 89-115 inch lbs. (10-13 Nm) on all other models.
- Connect both battery cables, negative cable last.
- Prove out the air bag system by turning the ignition key to the RUN position and visually monitoring the air bag indicator lamp in the instrument cluster. The indicator lamp should illuminate for approximately 6 seconds and then turn off. If the indicator lamp does not illuminate, stays on, or flashes at any time, a fault has been detected by the air bag diagnostic monitor.
- Check the steering wheel, horn and steering column for proper operation.
- Road test the vehicle and check the speed control for proper operation.