GM Cavalier/Sunbird/Skyhawk/Firenza 1982-1994

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7


CAUTION
Some models covered by this information may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in Chassis Electrical .

  1. If equipped, disable the SIR system. For details, please refer to the procedure located in Chassis Electrical of this repair guide.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Pull the horn pad from the steering wheel - 1988 Sunbird shown



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Fig. Fig. 2: Detach the horn electrical connector



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Fig. Fig. 3: On some earlier model vehicles, you must remove a retaining circlip



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Fig. Fig. 4: Unfasten the steering shaft nut



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Fig. Fig. 5: If there are no factory alignment marks, matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 6: Use a suitable puller to remove the steering wheel from the vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 7: When installing the steering wheel, make sure the align the matchmarks made during removal

  1. If not done already, disconnect the negative cable.
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  3. Unfasten the retaining screws or pull the pad/center cap from the steering wheel.
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  5. Detach the horn lead, then remove remove the retainer (if so equipped).
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  7. Unfasten the steering shaft nut.
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  9. There should be alignment marks already present on the wheel and shaft. If not, matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft.
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  11. Using a suitable steering wheel puller, remove the wheel from the vehicle. On some vehicles, a horn spring, eyelet and insulator are underneath; don't lose the parts.
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To install:
  1. If equipped, install the spring, eyelet and insulator into the tower on the column.
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  3. Install the wheel on the shaft, aligning the matchmarks. Install the shaft nut and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
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  5. Install the retainer.
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  7. Attach the horn lead, then install the pad or center cap.
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  9. If equipped, make sure to enable the SIR system as outlined in Chassis Electrical of this repair guide.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
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