- Disconnect the negative, then the positive battery cables.
- Disable the air bag system, as outlined in the Chassis Electrical Section.
- Remove the access panel from the steering wheel bottom to access the electrical connector.
- Remove the connector from its holder and detach the electrical connector between the air bag and the cable reel.
- Remove the steering wheel side access panels and remove the fasteners that mount the air bag to the steering wheel using a T-30 Torx® bit.
- Carefully remove the air bag assembly, holding the padded surface away from your body in case of accidental deployment.
- Place the air bag unit in a safe area with the padded surface facing UP.
- Remove the electrical connectors for the horn.
- If equipped, remove the electrical connector for the cruise control.
- Remove the steering wheel mounting fastener.
- Turn the steering wheel to the straight ahead position, so the steering wheel is properly centered.
- Matchmark the steering wheel to the splined steering shaft for proper alignment during reassembly.
Remove the steering wheel by rocking it slowly from side to side while pulling steadily with both hands, or if necessary, use a commercially available steering wheel puller.
WARNINGIf using a steering wheel puller, use care to not thread the puller-to-steering wheel attachment bolts in more than 5 turns, otherwise the air bag cable reel could be damaged.
- Before installing the steering wheel, center the cable reel by pointing the arrow up. This can be done by rotating the cable reel clockwise until it stops. Then rotate the cable reel about two turns counterclockwise, and the arrow should face up.
- Install the steering wheel and make sure the wheel shaft engages the cable reel and the turn signal canceling sleeve.
- Tighten the steering wheel fastener to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
- Attach all wires and harnesses.
- Install the air bag assembly using new air bag mounting fasteners, then torque the fasteners to 86 inch lbs. (9.8 Nm).
- Install all covers.
- Connect the positive battery cable first and then the negative.
- After installation, confirm normal system operation of all related equipment, and that all controls are working properly.
- Disconnect the negative, battery cable and wait at least 3 minutes before proceeding to allow the air bag system to be disabled.
Align the front wheels straight ahead, then remove the driver's airbag from the steering wheel., as follows:
- Remove the access panel from the steering wheel, then disconnect the driver's airbag 4P connector from the cable reel.
- Remove the two Torx® bolts using a Torx® T30 bit, then remove the driver's airbag.
- Disconnect the cruise control set/resume switch connector (A) and horn switch connector (B).
Loosen the steering wheel bolt (C).
Install a suitable steering wheel puller (A) on the steering wheel (B). Free the steering wheel from the steering column shaft by turning the pressure bolt (C) of the puller.
Note these items when removing the steering wheel:
Do not tap on the steering wheel or the steering column shaft when removing the steering wheel.
- Remove the steering wheel puller, then remove the steering wheel bolt and steering wheel from the steering column.
Before installing the steering wheel, make sure the front wheels are aligned straight ahead, then center the cable reel (A). Do this by first rotating the cable reel clockwise until it stops. Then rotate it counterclockwise about two and a half turns. The arrow mark (B) on the cable reel label should point straight up.
- Install the steering wheel bolt, and tighten it to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Connect the horn and cruise control set/resume switch connectors. Make sure the wire harness is routed and fastened properly.
- Install the driver's airbag in the reverse order of removal, and confirm that the system is operating properly.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
Check the horn and turn signal canceling for proper operation.
NOTEResetting the power window control unit is required after performing the following procedures: Disconnecting the battery, Removing the No. 6 (7.5 A) and/or the No. 23 (20 A) fuses from the under-dash fuse/relay box or disconnecting the driver's door wire harness.
Perform the power window control unit resetting procedure, as follows:
- Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
- Move the driver's window all the way down by holding the driver's switch firmly down; when the window reaches the bottom, hold the driver's window switch firmly down for 2 seconds.
- Move the driver's window all the way up by holding the driver's switch firmly up; when the window reaches the top, hold the driver's window switch firmly up for 2 seconds.
- If the window does not work in AUTO, turn the ignition switch OFF and repeat the procedure.
- Enter the anti-theft code for the radio, then enter the customer's radio station presets.
- Set the clock.
- Check if the cruise control buttons operate correctly