GM Lumina/Grand Prix/Cutlass Supreme/Regal 1988-1996

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Vehicles Without Air Bags

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8



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Fig. Fig. 1: Steering wheel assembly-1992 Lumina shown



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the horn pad by gently pulling it OFF



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Fig. Fig. 3: Gently push down on the horn lead and turn left to remove the wire and spring



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the retaining circlip



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Fig. Fig. 5: Unfasten the steering wheel nut, until it is flush with the end of the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 6: Assemble a suitable steering wheel puller and break the wheel loose from the shaft



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



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Fig. Fig. 8: Exploded view of the steering wheel and retainers

  1. If necessary to access the battery, remove the air cleaner assembly.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Remove the horn pad and retainer along with any other switches that are mounted to the steering wheel.
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  7. Disconnect the horn electrical lead from the canceling cam tower.
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  9. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position.
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  11. Scribe an alignment mark on the steering wheel hub in line with the slash mark on the steering shaft.
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  13. Remove the retainer.
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  15. Loosen the steering shaft nut, positioning it flush with the end of the shaft.
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  17. Assemble steering wheel puller J 1859-03 or equivalent, on the steering wheel hub with two 5 / 16 -18x4 in. bolts. Break the steering wheel loose from the shaft.
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  19. Remove the steering wheel puller.
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  21. Remove the steering shaft nut.
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  23. For 2.5L engines, remove the steering wheel vibration diameter.
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  25. Remove the steering wheel from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Align the matchmarks on the wheel hub and shaft and install the steering wheel.
  2.  
  3. For 2.5L engines, install the steering wheel vibration damper.
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  5. Tighten the steering wheel retaining nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm). Install the retainer
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  7. Attach the horn electrical lead.
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  9. Install the horn pad and/or any controls located on the steering wheel.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  13. If removed, install the air cleaner assembly.
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Vehicles With Air Bags

See Figures 9 and 10



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Fig. Fig. 9: Removing the inflatable restraint module from the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 10: Exploded view of the steering wheel removal-1995 vehicle shown


WARNING
On vehicles with air bags, disable the SIR system. The vehicles wheels must be in the straight ahead position and the key must be in the LOCK position when removing or installing the steering column. Failure to do so may cause the SIR coil assembly to become uncentered and may result in otherwise unneeded SIR repairs.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Properly disable the SIR system, as outlined in Chassis Electrical of this repair guide.
  4.  
  5. Make sure the ignition is in the OFF position.
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CAUTION
When carrying a live air bag, make sure the bag and trim cover are pointed away from the body. In the unlikely event of an accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. In addition, when placing a live air bag on a bench or other surface. always face the bag and the trim cover up, away from the surface. This will reduce the chance of personal injury if it is accidently deployed.

  1. Remove the air bag inflator module, as follows:
    1. Loosen the bolts or screws from the back of the steering wheel, using the proper Torx®driver, until the inflatable restraint module can be released from the steering wheel.
    2.  
    3. While pulling the module away from the steering wheel, detach the SIR coil electrical connector and remove the retainer from the module.
    4.  
    5. Remove the horn and ground lead from the steering column.
    6.  

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  3. Scribe an alignment mark on the steering wheel hub in line with the slash mark on the steering shaft.
  4.  
  5. Loosen the steering wheel nut, positioning it flush with the end of the shaft.
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  7. Assembly steering wheel puller J 1859-03 or equivalent, on the steering wheel hub with two 5 / 16 -18x4 in. bolts. Break the steering wheel loose from the shaft.
  8.  
  9. Remove the steering wheel puller.
  10.  
  11. Remove the steering shaft nut.
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  13. Remove the steering wheel from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Route the SIR connector through the steering wheel.
  2.  
  3. Align the scribe mark on the steering wheel with the slash mark on the steering shaft and install the steering wheel.
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  5. Install the steering shaft nut and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the air bag inflator module, as follows:
    1. Connect the horn and ground lead to the column assembly.
    2.  
    3. Attach the SIR coil assembly electrical connector and retainer to the module.
    4.  
    5. Secure the SIR coil assembly electrical connector to the steering wheel assembly by inserting the thick section of wire into the existing retainer.
    6.  
    7. Position the air bag inflator module to the steering wheel. Make sure the wiring is not exposed or trapped between the inflatable restraint module and the steering wheel assembly.
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    9. Install the retaining bolts/screws. Tighten to 25 inch lbs. (2.8 Nm).
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  9. Connect the negative battery cable, then enable the SIR system, as outlined in Chassis Electrical of this repair guide.
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