Mitsubishi Eclipse 1990-1998 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 11

  1. Position the wheels in the straight ahead position, then turn the ignition to the LOCK position.
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  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. Fig. 1: Unfasten the negative battery cable retaining nut ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... then remove the negative cable from the terminal and wrap with insulated tape



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Fig. Fig. 3: On 1990-94 vehicles, unfasten the screws, then remove the horn pad by pushing it upward

  1. For 1990-94 vehicles, remove the horn pad from the steering wheel by unfastening the retaining screws from the rear of the pad, then push the pad upward to remove. Detach horn button connector.
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  3. For 1995-98 vehicles, 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. Fig. 4: Unfasten the inflator module retaining screws



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Fig. Fig. 5: Carefully pull the inflator module away from the steering wheel ...



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Fig. Fig. 6: ... then detach the connector from the SRS inflator module

  1. Remove steering wheel retaining nut.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Loosen the retaining nut at the center of the steering wheel ...



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Fig. Fig. 8: ... then remove the steering wheel shaft nut

  1. Matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft.
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Fig. Fig. 9: Use a pen to matchmark the steering wheel-to-shaft position

  1. 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. Fig. 10: Assemble a suitable puller on the steering wheel, tighten the center screw ...



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Fig. Fig. 11: ... then remove the steering wheel from the shaft

To install:
  1. Line up the matchmarks and install the steering wheel to the shaft.
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  3. Tighten the steering wheel attaching nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm) for 1990-94 vehicles or to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm) for 1995-98 vehicles.
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  5. For 1990-94 vehicles, reconnect the horn connector and install the horn pad, securing it with the retaining screws.
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  7. For 1995-98 vehicles, attach the connector(s), then install the SRS inflate module and secure with the retainers.
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  9. If equipped with SRS, remove the tape from the battery cable.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  13. If equipped with SRS, turn the ignition ON and check the SRS warning light for proper operation.
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