Honda_Element_2003-2006

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
These vehicles are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. The system must be disarmed before performing service on, or around, system components, the steering column, instrument panel components, wiring and sensors. Failure to follow the safety precautions and the disarming procedure could result in accidental air bag deployment, possible injury and unnecessary system repairs. Refer to the Chassis Electrical Section for precautions.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section. Also see the IMA system disabling before proceeding with any procedure.
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  3. Make sure you have the anti-theft codes for the radio and radio presets.
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  5. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable. Wait 3 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing any service.
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  7. Align the front wheels straight ahead, then remove the driver-s side airbag from the steering wheel, as follows:
    1. Remove the access panel from the steering wheel, then disconnect the driver-s airbag 2P connector from the cable reel.
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    3. Remove the cover from the steering wheel. Using a Torx® T30 bit, remove the two Torx® bolts and remove the driver-s airbag.
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  9. Disconnect the horn switch connector.
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  11. Loosen the steering wheel bolt.
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  13. 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) off of the puller. Note the following when removing the steering wheel:
    1. Never tap on the steering wheel or column and shaft when removing the steering wheel.
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    3. If you thread the puller bolts into the wheel hub more than 5 threads, the bolts will hit the cable reel and damage it. To prevent this, place a pair of jam nuts five threads up on each puller bolt.

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      Fig. View of the steering wheel puller (A), steering wheel (B), pressure bolt (C) and puller bolts (D)

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  15. Remove the steering wheel puller, then remove the steering wheel bolt and steering wheel from the steering column.
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To install:

  1. Before installing the steering wheel, make sure the front wheels are aligned straight ahead, then center the cable reel (A), as follows:
    1. First, rotate the cable reel clockwise until it stops.
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    3. Then, rotate it counterclockwise about 2 1 / 2 turns.
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    5. The arrow mark (B) on the cable reel label point should point straight up.
      WARNING
      Never tap on the steering wheel or steering column shaft when installing the steering wheel.



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      Fig. You must center the cable reel (A) so the arrow mark (B) on the cable reel label points straight up

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  3. Position the two tabs (A) of the turn s