Mercedes-Benz Cars 2000-05

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Disarm the airbag system.
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  5. Remove the screws from the back of the airbag. The wheel can be rotated to ease access to them. Return the wheel to the center position.
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  7. Lift the airbag unit. Unplug the airbag connectors, then remove the airbag.
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  9. Unplug the horn connectors.
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  11. Make sure the wheel is in the straight ahead position. Engage the steering lock.
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  13. Remove the steering wheel bolt and discard it. A new one must be used during installation. Matchmark the position of the steering wheel.
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  15. Pull off the steering wheel and carefully pass the cables through the openings.
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  17. Installation is the reverse of removal. Use new hardware. Tighten the steering wheel bolt to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm). When installing the airbag, engage the connectors until they click, then close the arresting mechanisms. Tighten the airbag screws to 70 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
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