GM Firebird 1982-1992 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




WARNING
Before attempting any repairs involving the steering wheel or disassembly of it, ensure that the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (Air Bag) system is properly disarmed.

If the vehicle is equipped with a SIR (Air Bag) system, ensure that the proper disarming procedure is followed.

1982-89 VEHICLES

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Fig. Fig. 1: Steering wheel removal

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the horn pad.
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  5. Disconnect the horn contact lead.
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  7. Remove the retainer and steering wheel nut.
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  9. Using a suitable steering wheel puller, remove the steering wheel.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Tighten the steering wheel nut to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm).
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1990-92 VEHICLES

CAUTION
The vehicle is equipped with a Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system, follow the recommended disarming procedures before performing any work on or around the system. Failure to do so may result in possible deployment of the air bag and/or personal injury.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Disable the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system as follows:
    1. Turn the steering wheel so the vehicle's wheels are pointing straight-ahead.
    2.  
    3. Remove the left sound insulator by removing the nut from the stud and gently prying the insulator from the knee bolster.
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    5. Disconnect the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) clip and yellow 2-way SIR harness connector at the base of the steering column.
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    7. Remove the SIR fuse from the fuse block.
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  5. Loosen the screws and locknuts from the back of the steering wheel using a suitable Torx® driver or equivalent, until the inflator module can be released from the steering wheel. Remove the inflator module from the steering wheel.
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CAUTION
When carrying a live inflator module, ensure the bag and trim cover are pointed away from the body. In case of an accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. When placing a live inflator module on a bench or other surface, always place the bag and trim cover up, away from the surface. This is necessary so a free space is provided to allow the air bag to expand in the unlikely event of accidental deployment. Otherwise, personal injury may result. Also, never carry the inflator module by the wires or connector on the underside of the module.

  1. Disconnect the coil assembly connector and CPA clip from the inflator module terminal.
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  3. Remove the steering wheel locking nut.
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  5. Using a suitable puller, remove the steering wheel and disconnect the horn contact. When attaching the steering wheel puller, use care to prevent threading the side screws into the coil assembly and damaging the coil assembly.
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To install:
  1. Route the coil assembly connector through the steering wheel.
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  3. Connect the horn contact and install the steering wheel. When installing the steering wheel, align the block tooth on the steering wheel with the block tooth on the steering shaft within 1 female serration.
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  5. Install the steering wheel locking nut. Tighten the nut to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm).
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  7. Connect the coil assembly connector and CPA clip to the inflator module terminal.
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  9. Install the inflator module. Ensure the wiring is not exposed or trapped between the inflator module and the steering wheel. Tighten the inflator module screws to 25 inch lbs. (2.8 Nm).
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  13. Enable the SIR system as follows:
    1. Connect the yellow 2-way SIR harness connector to base of the steering column and CPA.
    2.  
    3. Install the left sound insulator.
    4.  
    5. Install the SIR fuse in the fuse block.
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    7. Turn the ignition switch to the RUN position and verify that the inflatable restraint indicator flashes 7-9 times and then turns OFF . If the indicator does not respond as stated, a problem within the SIR system is indicated.
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