Mitsubishi Car 1999-05

Removal & Installation 1

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Fig. The air bag is retained by two screws located in access holes on the back of the wheel. Remove the covers to access the screws



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Fig. The retaining screws usually require a Torx® drive tool to remove them



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Fig. After the air bag retaining screws are removed, grasp the airbag and carefully pull it from the steering wheel . . .



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Fig. . . . then detach the connector and remove the air bag module from the vehicle



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Fig. To prevent personal injury, ALWAYS carry a live air bag facing away from you in case of accidental deployment



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Fig. To prevent personal injury, ALWAYS place a live airbag with the cover facing up in case of accidental deployment



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Fig. Remove the mounting bolt from the center of the steering wheel



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Fig. Install a suitable steering wheel puller . . .



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Fig. . . . then tighten down on the puller until the wheel is sufficiently loose



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Fig. Lift the steering wheel straight off of the steering column and remove the wheel


CAUTION
If equipped with an air bag, be sure to disarm it before starting repairs on the vehicle. Failure to do so could result in severe personal injury and damage to vehicle.

  1. Disarm the SRS system as outlined in Section 6.
  2.  
  3. Remove the covers and the air bag module mounting nut from behind the steering wheel.
  4.  
  5. To detach the connector of the clockspring from the air bag module, press the air bag's lock toward the module to spread the lock open. While holding lock in this position, use a small tipped prying tool to gently pry the connector from the module.
  6.  
  7. Remove the air bag module and store in a clean, dry place with the pad cover facing up.
  8.  
  9. Matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft.
  10.  
  11. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut and use a steering wheel puller to remove the wheel. Do not use a hammer, or the collapsible mechanism in the column could be damaged.
  12.  

To install:

  1. Confirm that the front wheels are in a straight-ahead position. Center the clockspring by aligning the NEUTRAL mark on the clockspring with the mating mark on the casing. Then, install the steering wheel and tighten the new retaining nut to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the air bag module.
  4.  
  5. Connect the negative battery cable, turn the key to the ON position; the SRS warning light should illuminate for seven seconds and go out.
  6.  


WARNING
Be sure to disarm the SRS (air bag) system, before starting repairs on the vehicle. Failure to do so could result in personal injury or death. DO NOT perform any work on the vehicle until after 90 seconds has passed. The air bag system is designed to retain enough short term voltage to make air bag deployment possible.

  1. Disarm the SRS system as outlined in Section 6.
  2.  
  3. Remove the air bag module mounting nut from behind the steering wheel.
  4.  
  5. Matchmark the steering wheel.
  6.  
  7. Detach the connector of the clockspring from the air bag module, press the air bag's lock towards the module to spread the lock open. While holding lock in this position, use a small tipped prying tool to gently pry the connector from the module.
  8.  
  9. Store the air bag module in a clean, dry place with the pad cover facing up.
  10.  
  11. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.
  12.  
  13. Matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft.
  14.  
  15. Use a steering wheel puller to remove the wheel.
  16.  


WARNING
Do not use a hammer or the collapsible mechanism in the column could be damaged.

To install:

  1. Confirm that the front wheels are in a straight-ahead position. Center the clockspring by aligning the NEUTRAL mark on the clockspring with the mating mark on the casing.
  2.  
  3. Line up and install the steering wheel.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the retaining nut as follows:
  6.  


    On 1992-93 Diamante models, tighten the retaining nut to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
     
    On 1994-00 Diamante models, tighten the retaining nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm)
     

  7. Install the air bag module and tighten the retaining nuts to 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable and check the SRS warning light operation.
  10.  

  1. Position the wheels in the straight ahead position, then turn the ignition to the LOCK position.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with SRS, wrap the negative cable with insulated tape and wait at least 60 seconds before continuing the procedure, in order to allow the air bag system time to disarm.

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    Fig. Unfasten the negative battery cable retaining nut . . .



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    Fig. . . . then remove the negative cable from the terminal and wrap with insulated tape

  4.  
  5. Unfasten the retaining screws, the carefully pull the SRS inflate module away from the steering wheel. Detach the connector(s), then remove the module from the vehicle, then place the module, top side facing up, on a suitable workbench.

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    Fig. Unfasten the inflator module retaining screws



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    Fig. Carefully pull the inflator module away from the steering wheel . . .



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    Fig. . . . then detach the connector from the SRS inflator module

  6.  
  7. Remove steering wheel retaining nut.

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    Fig. Loosen the retaining nut at the center of the steering wheel . . .



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    Fig. . . . then remove the steering wheel shaft nut

  8.  
  9. Matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft.

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    Fig. Use a pen to matchmark the steering wheel-to-shaft position

  10.  
  11. Use a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel. Do not hammer on steering wheel to remove it. The collapsible column mechanism may be damaged.

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    Fig. Assemble a suitable puller on the steering wheel, tighten the center screw . . .



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    Fig. . . . then remove the steering wheel from the shaft

  12.  

To install:

  1. Line up the matchmarks and install the steering wheel to the shaft.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the steering wheel attaching nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Attach the connector(s), then install the SRS inflate module and secure with the retainers.
  6.  
  7. If equipped with SRS, remove the tape from the battery cable.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  
  11. If equipped with SRS, turn the ignition ON and check the SRS warning light for proper operation.
  12.  

  1. Position the wheels in the straight ahead position, then turn the ignition to the LOCK position.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with SRS, wrap the negative cable with insulated tape and wait at least 60 seconds before continuing the procedure, in order to allow the air bag system time to disarm.
  4.  
  5. Unfasten the retaining screws, the carefully pull the SRS inflate module away from the steering wheel. Detach the connector(s), then remove the module from the vehicle, then place the module, top side facing up, on a suitable workbench.
    NOTE
    Do not remove the air bag mounting screws from the holders.

  6.  
  7. To disconnect the connector of the clock spring from the air bag module, press the air bag's lock toward the outer side to spread to open. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver, as shown in the figure at the left, to pry gently to remove the connector.
  8.  
  9. Using Special Tool MB990803, remove the steering wheel from the column.
  10.  

To install:


NOTE
When installing the steering wheel, ensure that the harness of the clock spring does not become caught or tangled.

  1. Before installing the steering wheel, turn the vehicle's front wheels to the straight-ahead position and align the mating marks of the clock spring.
  2.  
  3. After installing the steering wheel, the remote controlled radio switch harness should be clamped at right and left sides as shown.
  4.  
  5. After securing the remote controlled radio switch harness, turn the steering wheel all the way in both directions to confirm that the steering wheel rotation is normal.
  6.  
  7. Connect the clock spring connector securely. Install the air bag module. Tighten the mounting screws to 78 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  
  11. Turn the ignition ON and check the SRS warning light for proper operation.
  12.  



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Fig. The air bag is retained by two screws located in access holes on the back of the wheel. Remove the covers to access the screws



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. The retaining screws usually require a Torx® drive tool to remove them



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. After the air bag retaining screws are removed, grasp the airbag and carefully pull it from the steering wheel . . .



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. . . . then detach the connector and remove the air bag module from the vehicle



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. To prevent personal injury, ALWAYS carry a live air bag facing away from you in case of accidental deployment



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. To prevent personal injury, ALWAYS place a live airbag with the cover facing up in case of accidental deployment



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Remove the mounting bolt from the center of the steering wheel



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Fig. Install a suitable steering wheel puller . . .



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Fig. . . . then tighten down on the puller until the wheel is sufficiently loose

 
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