Nissan/Datsun 200SX/510/610/710/810/Maxima 1973-1984 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 It will be necessary to remove the horn pad to reach the steering wheel mounting nut



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Fig. Fig. 2 Before removal, the steering wheel should be centered, with the tires pointing straight ahead



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Fig. Fig. 3 If necessary, remove the screws from the back of the steering wheel spokes



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Fig. Fig. 4 Remove the cover plate-1984 Maxima wheel shown



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Fig. Fig. 5 With a suitable socket and driver, remove the mounting nut from the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 6 After it is loosened, remove the nut securing the wheel



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Fig. Fig. 7 Matchmark the top of the steering column shaft to the wheel



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Fig. Fig. 8 Mount a suitable steering wheel puller, then turn the puller's screw to extract the wheel

  1. Position the wheels in the straight-ahead direction. The steering wheel should be right side up and level.
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  3. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
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  5. Look at the back of your steering wheel. If there are countersunk screws in the back of the spokes, remove the screws and pull off the horn pad. Some models have a horn wire running from the pad to the steering wheel. Disconnect it. There are three other types of horn buttons or rings on Datsuns. The first simply pulls off. The second, which is usually a large, semitriangular pad, must be pushed up, then pulled off. The third must be pushed in and turned clockwise.
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  7. If the mounting nut is covered by a cover plate instead of a horn pad, remove it to access the nut.
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  9. Remove the rest of the horn switch mechanism, noting the relative location of the parts. Remove the mechanism only if it hinders subsequent wheel removal procedures.
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  11. Matchmark the top of the steering column shaft and the steering wheel flange.
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  13. Remove the attaching nut and remove the steering wheel with a puller.
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Do not strike the shaft with a hammer, which may cause the column to collapse.

To install:

  1. Install the steering wheel in the reverse order of removal, aligning the punch marks. Do not drive or hammer the wheel into place, or you may cause the collapsible steering column to collapse, in which case you'll have to buy a whole new steering column unit.
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  3. Tighten the steering wheel nut to 22-25 ft. lbs. on the 1977-79 200SX and front wheel drive Maximas. Tighten all other steering wheel nuts to 28-36 ft. lbs.
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  5. Reinstall the horn button, pad, ring, or cover plate.
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