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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