Mitsubishi Galant/Mirage/Diamante 1990-2000

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1990-93 Mirage
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the horn pad from the steering wheel, by pulling the lower end of the pad upward. Detach horn button connector.
  4.  
  5. Remove steering wheel retaining nut.
  6.  
  7. Matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft.
  8.  
  9. Use a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel.
  10.  


WARNING
Do not hammer on steering wheel to remove it. The collapsible column mechanism may be damaged.

To install:

  1. Line up the matchmarks and install the steering wheel to the shaft.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the steering wheel attaching nut to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Reconnect the horn connector and install the horn pad.
  6.  
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8.  

1994-00 Mirage and Galant


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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 .
  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.  

1990-93 Galant
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the horn pad from the steering wheel as follows:
  4.  

  1. For 1990-91 models only, the horn pad is removed by pushing the pad upward, to release the pad from the retaining clips. Detach horn button connector and remove the pad.
  2.  
  3. For 1992-93 models only, remove the screw from the bottom of the pad and push the pad upward, to release the pad from the retaining clips. Detach horn button connector and remove the pad.
  4.  

  1. Remove steering wheel retaining nut.
  2.  
  3. Matchmark the steering wheel to the shaft.
  4.  
  5. Use a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel.
  6.  


WARNING
Do not hammer on steering wheel to remove it. The collapsible column mechanism may be damaged.

To install:

  1. Line up the matchmarks and install the steering wheel to the shaft.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the steering wheel attaching nut to 25-33 ft. lbs. (35-45 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Attach the horn connector and install the horn pad.
  6.  
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8.  

Diamante

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 .
  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.  
  7. On 1992-93 Diamante models, tighten the retaining nut to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
  8.  
  9. On 1994-00 Diamante models, tighten the retaining nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm)
  10.  
  11. Install the air bag module and tighten the retaining nuts to 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
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  13. Connect the negative battery cable and check the SRS warning light operation.
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