Removal & Installation
Without Air Bags
See figure 69
This procedure is for vehicles that do not have a driver's side air bag incorporated into the steering wheel. Please see the following procedure, and refer to Chassis Electrical for disarming procedures and additional SRS warnings if the vehicle you are working on is equipped with an air bag
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the horn pad by gently prying with a thin bladed tool.
- Disconnect the horn electrical lead. Push down on the horn lead and turn left; the wire and spring will then come out of the canceling cam tower.±
- Matchmark the steering wheel and the shaft using a marker or equivalent.
- Remove the steering wheel retainer and nut.
- Use a suitable puller to remove the steering wheel from the shaft.
See Figure 1
- Position the steering wheel on the shaft, aligning the matchmarks made during removal. Install the steering wheel retaining nut and tighten it to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
- Install the retainer.
- Attach the horn lead electrical connection. Push down on the horn lead and turn right into a lock position.
- Install the horn pad.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
With Air Bags
- Properly disarm the Supplemental Retraint System (SRS), as outlined in Chassis Electrical of this repair guide.
- If not already done, disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the steering wheel inflatable restraint module. The module is either secured with retaining bolts/screws on the backside of the module, or by leaf springs which are also located on the rear side of the module. To remove this type, use a suitable flat bladed tool to release the springs while gently pulling on the module.
See Figures 2 and 3
- Detach the electrical connector from the steering wheel inflatable module, then remove the module and place it in a safe location with the pad facing up.
See Figures 4 through 9
- Matchmark the steering wheel and the shaft.
- Loosen the steering wheel shaft nut and unthread it until it is flush with the end of the shaft.
- Use a suitable puller to pull the steering wheel loose from the shaft.
- Remove the steering wheel shaft nut, then remove the steering wheel from the shaft.
See Figure 10
- Route the SRS electrical connector through the steering wheel.
- Align the matchmarks made during removal and tighten the steering wheel retaining nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
- Attach the electrical connector to the steering wheel inflatable module.
- Install the inflator module, using a reverse of the removal procedure.
- Enable the SRS system, as outlined in Chassis Electrical of this repair guide.
- If not already done, connect the negative battery cable.