HHR 2006-2008

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Set the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
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  5. Disable the SIR system. Refer to Air Bag (Supplemental Restraint System), disarming the system.

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    Fig. Remove the steering wheel SIR module

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  7. Remove the steering wheel SIR module:
    1. Insert a small blunt-ended punch, or equivalent, through the access opening on the left of the steering wheel.
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    3. Push the spring fastener inward through the access hole. Repeat for the opening on the right side of the steering wheel.
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    5. Remove the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) retainer.
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    7. Disconnect the electrical connectors.
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    9. Carefully remove the steering wheel SIR module.

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      Fig. Remove the Instrument Panel (I/P) center trim panel by releasing the retaining fasteners

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  9. Remove the Instrument Panel (I/P) center trim panel (1) by pulling out on the trim panel in order to release the retaining fasteners (2).
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  11. Disconnect the electrical connectors on the Instrument Panel (I/P) center trim panel (1).

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    Fig. Remove the steering column opening filler assembly, with clip, & bumper

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  13. Remove the steering column opening filler assembly (1) by pulling away the clips (2).
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  15. Disconnect the electrical connector for the trunk release.

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    Fig. Remove the Instrument Panel (I/P) left side trim panel

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  17. Remove the Instrument Panel (I/P) left side trim panel (1).
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  19. Tilt the steering wheel up.
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  21. Disconnect the I/P dimmer switch and, if equipped, the fog lamp switch.

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    Fig. Remove the 4 bezel screws (2) & the Instrument Panel (I/P) cluster bezel assembly (1)

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  23. Tilt the steering wheel down.
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  25. Remove the 4 instrument panel cluster bezel screws.
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  27. Remove the instrument panel cluster bezel.

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    Fig. Remove the steering column trim covers: steering column upper cover assembly, steering column left cover assembly, & steering column right cover assembly

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  29. Remove the steering column trim covers:
    1. Remove the 3 cover screws (4).
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    3. Remove the steering column upper cover assembly (1).
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    5. Remove the steering column left cover assembly (2).
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    7. Remove the steering column right cover assembly (3).

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      Fig. Removing the steering wheel (2), steering wheel nut (1), & steering column trim covers

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  31. Remove the steering wheel nut.
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  33. Remove the steering wheel using the J 1859-A steering wheel puller and the J 42578 steering wheel puller legs.
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal procedure.
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  3. Tighten the steering wheel nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
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  5. Tighten the trim cover screws to 17 inch lbs. (2 Nm)
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  7. Tighten the 4 instrument panel cluster bezel screws to 19 inch lbs. (2 Nm)
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  9. Enable the SIR system. Refer to Air Bag (Supplemental Restraint System), arming the system.
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