GM Metro/Sprint 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with an air bag, the air bag system must be disarmed before working around the steering wheel or instrument panel. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury. Refer to the Air Bag Disarming procedures later in this Section.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. If equipped, with an air bag system, disable the air bag system as follows:
    1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
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    3. Remove the SIR IG fuse in the supplemental inflatable restraint fuse block.
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    5. Remove the rear plastic access cover to the air bag module.
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    7. Disconnect the yellow 2-way connector and connector position assurance (CPA) inside the inflator module housing.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Remove the air bag module attaching screws, then the air bag assembly from the vehicle.
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CAUTION
When carrying a live air bag module, make sure that the bag and trim cover are pointed away from you. Never carry the air bag module by the wires or the connector on the underside of the air bag module. In case of an accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. When placing a live air bag module on a bench or other surface, always face the bag and trim cover in the up position, away from the surface. Never rest a steering column assembly on the steering wheel with the air bag module face down and the column vertical. This is necessary so that a free space is provided to allow the air bag to expand in the unlikely event of accidental deployment. Otherwise, personal injury could result.

The air bag system coil assembly is easily damaged if the correct steering wheel puller tools are not used.

  1. Remove the steering wheel attaching nut, then using a suitable puller, remove the steering wheel.
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  3. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the steering wheel, then the rear steering wheel cover.
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To install:
  1. Reverse procedure to install. Torque steering nut to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm) and the air bag module attaching screws to 44 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
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  3. Reactivate the air bag system as follows:
    1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
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    3. Connect the yellow 2-way connector and connector position assurance (CPA) inside the inflator module housing.
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    5. Install the SIR IG fuse in the supplemental inflatable restraint fuse block.
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    7. Install the rear plastic access cover to the air bag module.
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    9. Turn the ignition switch to the RUN position. Observe the INFLATABLE RESTRAINT indicator lamp.If the lamp does not flash 7 to 9 times and then remain off, there is a problem in the air bag system and further diagnostic testing of the system is needed.
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