GM Storm/Spectrum 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



Spectrum

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal from the battery.
  2.  
  3. Using a suitable tool, remove the shroud screws from the rear-side of the steering wheel (Type 1) or pry the shroud from the steering wheel (Type 2).
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Fig. Fig. 1: Steering column components - Spectrum

  1. Disconnect the horn connector and remove the shroud.
  2.  
  3. Remove the nut/washer retaining the steering wheel to the steering shaft.
  4.  
  5. Using a steering wheel puller, remove the steering wheel.
  6.  

The steering shaft and the steering column are designed to absorb impact from collision. Be careful not to severely jar the steering column and shaft during removal and installation.

To install:
  1. Install the steering wheel onto the steering shaft.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the nut/washer retaining the steering wheel to the steering shaft to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the horn connector.
  6.  
  7. Install the shroud and tighten the shroud screws from the rear-side of the steering wheel, if so equipped.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery terminal from the battery.
  10.  

Storm

See Figures 2 and 3

  1. If equipped, with an air bag system, disable the air bag system as follows:
    1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
    2.  
    3. Disconnect the battery negative cable.
    4.  
    5. Remove fuses C-22 and C-23 from the fuse box.
    6.  
    7. Disconnect the orange 3-way connector at the base of the steering column.
    8.  

  2.  
  3. Remove the air bag module attaching screws, then the air bag assembly from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Fuse block and SIR fuses - Storm



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Fig. Fig. 3: Knee bolster removal - Storm


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.

  1. Remove the steering wheel attaching nut, then using a suitable puller, remove the steering wheel.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the steering wheel, then the rear steering wheel cover.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Install the rear steering wheel cover and the cover screws onto the steering wheel.
  2.  
  3. Connect the horn contact switches to the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Install the steering wheel and the attaching nut. Torque steering nut to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the air bag module and tighten the air bag module attaching screws to 44 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
  8.  
  9. If equipped with an air bag system, enable the air bag system as follows:
    1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
    2.  
    3. Connect the orange 3-way connector at the base of the steering column.
    4.  
    5. Install fuses C-22 and C-23 to the fuse box.
    6.  
    7. Connect the battery negative cable.
    8.  

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