Lexus RX400h, Hybrid 3 2006

Removal & Installation

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  1. Place the vehicle-s front wheels facing straight ahead.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable from negative battery terminal and wait AT LEAST 90 seconds before proceeding.
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  5. Remove the instrument panel lower finish panel, as follows:
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  7. Use a suitable prytool to carefully remove the lower steering wheel cover no.3.

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    Fig. Use a suitable prytool to carefully remove the lower steering wheel cover no.3

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  9. Use a suitable prytool to carefully remove the lower steering wheel cover no.2.

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    Fig. Use a suitable prytool to carefully remove the lower steering wheel cover no.2

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  11. Remove the steering pad, as follows:
    1. Using a T30 Torx® socket wrench, loosen the 2 Torx® screws until the groove along the screw circumference catches on the screw case.
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    3. Pull out the steering pad from the steering wheel assembly and support the steering pad with one Hand.
      WARNING
      When removing the steering pad, do not pull the airbag wire harness.

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    5. Disconnect the horn connector.
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    7. Disconnect the 2 connectors from the steering pad.
      WARNING
      When handling the airbag connector, take care not to damage the airbag wire harness.

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    9. Remove the steering pad.
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  13. Remove steering wheel assembly, as follows:
    1. Remove the steering wheel assembly set nut.
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    3. Matchmark the installed position of the steering wheel on the wheel and main shaft assembly.
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    5. Using Special Tools 09950-50013 (09951-05010, 09952-05010, 09953-05020, 09954-05021), or their equivalents, remove the steering wheel assembly.

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      Fig. Removing the steering wheel



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      Fig. Exploded view of the steering wheel and related components



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      Fig. Exploded view of the steering column and related components

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To install:

  1. Install the steering wheel as follows:
    1. Align the matchmarks on the steering wheel assembly and steering main shaft assembly.
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    3. Install the steering wheel assembly set nut and tighten to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  3. Place front wheels facing straight ahead.
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  5. Install the steering pad, as follows:
    1. Support the steering pad with one hand.
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    3. Connect the 2 connectors to the steering pad.
      WARNING
      When handling the airbag connector, take care not to damage the airbag wire harness.

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    5. Connect the horn connector.
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    7. Confirm that the circumference groove of the Torx® screw fits in the screw case, and place the steering pad onto the steering wheel assembly.
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    9. Using a T30 Torx® socket wrench, tighten the 2 screws to 78 inch lbs. (8.8 Nm).
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  7. Install the lower steering wheel cover no.3.
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  9. Install the lower steering wheel cover no.2.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  13. Inspect the SRS warning light. When you turn the ignition switch ON , it should go on for about 6 seconds, then turn off.
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  15. Perform the initialization procedure, as outlined in the Chassis Electrical System.
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