Neon, 2000-2005

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
The vehicles covered by this manual are 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.

  1. Place steering wheel so the wheels are in the straight ahead position then, rotate the steering wheel 1 / 2 turn (180°) to the right (clockwise).
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  3. Lock the steering column, then remove keys from the ignition.
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  5. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable. Wait at least 2 minutes before continuing the service procedure in order to properly disable the air bag system.
    CAUTION
    Failure to disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable could cause the air bag to deploy and possibly injury.

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  7. If equipped, remove the speed control switches and detach the wire connectors or unfasten the screws and remove the covers.

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    Fig. Remove the screws from the covers located on the sides of the steering wheel . . .

    Remove the screws from the covers located on the sides of the steering wheel . . .

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    Fig. . . . then remove the covers for access to the airbag module retainers

    . . . then remove the covers for access to the airbag module retainers
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  9. Unfasten the driver airbag module screws/bolts from the sides of the steering wheel. Carefully lift the module, then detach the airbag and horn wire connectors. Place the module, inflator side up, on a suitable work bench out of the way.

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    Fig. Remove the module retaining bolts from the sides of the steering wheel

    Remove the module retaining bolts from the sides of the steering wheel

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    Fig. CAREFULLY lift the airbag module away from the steering wheel

    CAREFULLY lift the airbag module away from the steering wheel

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    Fig. Unplug the airbag electrical connector (see arrow) . . .

    Unplug the airbag electrical connector (see arrow) . . .

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    Fig. . . . then detach the horn connector (see arrows)

    . . . then detach the horn connector (see arrows)
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  11. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut. If equipped, remove the steering wheel vibration damper.

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    Fig. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut

    Remove the steering wheel retaining nut

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    Fig. Some vehicles are equipped with a vibration damper which must be removed

    Some vehicles are equipped with a vibration damper which must be removed
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  13. Attach a suitable puller to the steering wheel, then use it to pull the steering wheel from the shaft. When removing the steering wheel, carefully feed the wires gently through the holes in the clockspring armature.

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    Fig. Assembly a suitable puller on the steering wheel . . .

    Assembly a suitable puller on the steering wheel . . .

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    Fig. . . . and use it to pull the steering wheel from the shaft

    . . . and use it to pull the steering wheel from the shaft
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To install:

  1. Make sure the following conditions exist:
    1. That the steering wheel position is still 1 / 2 turn (180°) to the right (clockwise)
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    3. The steering column is in the LOCK position in the ignition cylinder lock.
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    5. Turn signal stalk is in the neutral (middle) position.
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  3. Installing the steering wheel, making sure the flats on the hub align with the clockspring. Pull the horn lead, airbag and speed control leads through the larger slot. Make sure the leads do NOT get pinched under the steering wheel.
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  5. Install the steering wheel retaining nut and tighten to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
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  7. Install the steering wheel air bag module, as follows:
    1. Attach the squib wire to the module. Make sure air bag connection by pressing straight in on the connector. The connector should be fully seated; feel for a snap to indicate proper connection.
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    3. Install the retainers and tighten to 90 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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  9. Install the non-speed control covers to the steering wheel armature or attach the connectors to the speed control switches and install the switches. Tighten the switch retainers to 20 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
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  11. Make sure the negative battery cable is disconnected.
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  13. Turn the ignition key to the ON position and exit the vehicle.
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  15. After making sure that no one is in the vehicle reconnect the negative battery cable.
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  17. Check the airbag Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL). The lamp should stay on for several seconds after the battery is reconnected and then the lamp should go out.
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If the lamp fails to light, flashes or stays on constantly:

  1. Connect a scan tool to the Data Link Connector (DLC), located at the right side of the steering column and at the lower edge of the lower instrument panel and check the Airbag Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) memory and make repairs as necessary.
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