Some models covered by this information may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in Chassis Electrical .
REMOVAL & INSTALLATIONWithout Air Bag
See Figure 1
Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the horn pad button fasteners. If equipped with a 4 spoke steering wheel, pull the center cap toward the wheel top.
Detach the wire harness connectors for the horn and/or cruise control switches from the horn pad. Remove the pad.
Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of a typical, non-air bag equipped steering column assembly
With Air Bag
Make matchmarks on the steering wheel and steering shaft. Never strike the steering shaft with a hammer, as damage to the column may result.
Remove the wheel using a suitable puller.
Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the steering wheel nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
See Figures 2 through 12
Disarm the air bag.
Turn the steering wheel to position the wheels in a straight-ahead position.
Fig. Fig. 2: To remove the steering wheel, first disarm the air bag, then loosen the air bag module-to-steering wheel fasteners ...
Fig. Fig. 3: ... and remove them from the steering wheel
Fig. Fig. 4: Tilt the top of the air bag module outwards and detach the module, horn and/or cruise control wire harness connections
Fig. Fig. 5: If equipped, unhook the air bag tether from the cast in hook (arrow) on the steering wheel
At the back of the steering wheel hub, remove the nuts/bolts that hold the air bag assembly and tilt the top of the air bag outward.
Detach the wire harness connectors for the air bag, horn and/or cruise control switches. Remove the air bag module and place the it in a safe place, pad side up.
Fig. Fig. 6: If necessary, detach any wire-to-steering wheel clips. Ensure that no components will inhibit wheel removal
Fig. Fig. 7: Loosen the steering wheel retaining nut ...
Fig. Fig. 8: ... then remove the nut from the shaft
Fig. Fig. 9: Matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft. This will ensure proper installation
Fig. Fig. 10: Assemble a puller to the steering wheel and tighten the puller's center bolt to loosen the wheel from the steering shaft
Fig. Fig. 11: Remove the puller and separate the wheel from the steering shaft. Guide the wire through the access hole in the wheel (arrow)
Matchmark the wheel to the shaft and remove the nut. Use a puller to remove the wheel.
When installing the steering wheel, the clockspring must be reset.
Make sure the front wheels are straight-ahead.
Turn the clockspring all the way to the right (clockwise).
Turn the clockspring back (counterclockwise) about 2
turns and align the marks.
Feed the wiring through the and install the steering wheel.
Fig. Fig. 12: Before installing the wheel, make sure to reset the clockspring, following the directions given, and align the marks (arrow)
Torque the steering wheel nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm). Install the air bag unit and arm the system.