Lexus RX300, 330 3 2000-06

Removal & Installation

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  1. Make sure the steering wheel is centered and the front wheels are in the straight ahead position.
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  3. Make sure the ignition switch is OFF , then disconnect the negative battery cable and wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding.
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  5. Remove the no. 2 lower steering wheel cover.
    WARNING
    If the airbag connector is disconnected with the ignition switch at ON, DTCs will be recorded.

    1. Using a Torx® socket wrench, loosen the 2 Torx
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    3. screws until the groove along the screw circumference catches on the screw case.

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      Fig. Using a Torx® socket wrench, loosen the 2 Torx screws until the groove along the screw circumference catches on the screw case

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    5. Pull out the wheel pad/airbag module from the steering wheel and disconnect the airbag connector.
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    7. Disconnect the terminal and horn connector.
      WARNING
      When storing the wheel pad, keep the upper surface of the pad facing upward. Never disassemble the wheel pad. When removing the wheel pad, take care not to pull the airbag wire harness.



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      Fig. Carefully pull the steering wheel pad/air bag module away from the steering wheel, detach the connectors, then place the pad, face up in a safe location

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  7. Remove the steering wheel, as follows:
    1. Remove the steering wheel set nut.
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    3. Matchmark the installed position of the steering wheel and main shaft.
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    5. Using a suitable Steering wheel puller, Special Service Tools (SST) SST 09950- 50013 (09951- 05010, 09952- 05010, 09953-05020, 09954-05021), or equivalents remove the steering wheel from the shaft.

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      Fig. Use a suitable steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel from the mainshaft

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To install:

  1. Install the steering wheel, as follows:
    1. Position the steering wheel on the mainshaft, making sure to align the matchmarks made during removal.
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    3. Install the steering wheel set nut and tighten to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  3. Attach the connector.
    WARNING
    Never use airbag parts removed from another vehicle. When replacing parts, replace with new ones. Make sure the wheel pad is installed with the specified torque. If the wheel pad has been dropped, or there are cracks, dents or other defects in the case or connector, replace the wheel pad with a new one. When installing the wheel pad, take care so that the wirings do not interfere with other parts and that they are not pinched between other parts.

    1. Install the horn button, as follows:
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    3. Connect the terminal.
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    5. Connect the airbag connector.
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    7. Install the steering wheel pad after confirming that the circumference groove of the Torx® screws is caught on the screw case.
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    9. Using a Torx® socket wrench, torque the 2 screws to 78 inch lbs. (8.8 Nm).
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  5. Install the No. 2 lower steering wheel cover, as follows:
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  7. Connect the negative battery cable and then verify that the SRS is operating properly.
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