Nissan Sentra/Pulsar/NX 1982-1996 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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CAUTION
To avoid rendering the SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) inoperative, which could lead to personal injury or death in the event of a severe frontal collision, extreme caution must be taken when servicing the electrical related systems. All SRS electrical wiring harnesses and connectors are covered with YELLOW outer insulation. Do not use electrical test equipment on any circuit related to the SRS (air bag).

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Without Air Bag (SRS)

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8



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Fig. Fig. 1: With the wheels pointing straight ahead, the steering wheel should be centered



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Fig. Fig. 2: Unfasten the screws from the back of the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 3: Disconnect the horn wire between the pad and steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a socket wrench to unfasten ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... and remove the steering wheel attaching nut



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Fig. Fig. 6: Before removal, matchmark the top of the steering column shaft and wheel flange



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Fig. Fig. 7: Attach a steering wheel puller and tighten the center bolt ...



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Fig. Fig. 8: ... to remove the steering wheel

  1. Position the wheels in the straight ahead direction. The steering wheel should be right side up and level.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  4.  
  5. Some models have countersunk screws on the back of the steering wheel; remove these screws and pull off the horn pad.
  6.  

Some models have a horn wire running from the pad to the steering wheel; disconnect it.

  1. Remove the rest of the horn switching mechanism, noting the relative location of the parts. Remove the mechanism only if it hinders subsequent wheel removal procedures.
  2.  
  3. Matchmark the top of the steering column shaft and the steering wheel flange.
  4.  
  5. Remove the attaching nut. Using Steering Wheel Remover tool ST27180001 or equivalent, pull the steering wheel from the steering column.
  6.  

Do not strike the shaft with a hammer, which may cause the column to collapse.

  1. Install the steering wheel in the reverse order of removal, aligning the punch marks; DO NOT drive or hammer the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the steering wheel nut to 29-40 ft. lbs. (39-54 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Reinstall the horn button, pad or ring.
  6.  

With Air Bag (SRS)

See Figures 9, 10 and 11



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Fig. Fig. 9: The air bag module is retained by special Torx® bolts-1991-96 Sentra



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Fig. Fig. 10: Air bag spiral cable assembly-1991-96 Sentra



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Fig. Fig. 11: Exploded view of steering wheel and air bag assembly-1991-96 Sentra


CAUTION
To avoid rendering the SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) inoperative, which could lead to personal injury or death in the event of a severe frontal collision, extreme caution must be taken when servicing the electrical related systems. All SRS electrical wiring harnesses and connectors are covered with YELLOW outer insulation. Do not use electrical test equipment on any circuit related to the SRS.

  1. Position the wheels in the straight ahead direction. The steering wheel should be right side up and level.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the battery ground cable, then wait at least 10 minutes to disarm the SRS, as described in Chassis Electrical .
  4.  
  5. Some models have countersunk screws on the back of the steering wheel; if so equipped, remove the screws and pull off the horn pad.
  6.  

Some models have a horn wire running from the pad to the steering wheel; if so equipped, disconnect it.

  1. Remove the rest of the horn switching mechanism, noting the relative location of the parts. Remove the mechanism only if it hinders subsequent wheel removal procedures.
  2.  
  3. Matchmark the top of the steering column shaft and the steering wheel flange.
  4.  
  5. Remove the attaching nut. Using Steering Wheel Remover tool ST27180001 or equivalent, pull the steering wheel from the steering column.
  6.  

Do not strike the shaft with a hammer; doing so may cause the column to collapse.

  1. Install the steering wheel in the reverse order of removal, aligning the punch marks; DO NOT drive or hammer the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the steering wheel nut to 29-40 ft. lbs. (39-54 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Reinstall the horn button, pad or ring.
  6.  
  7. Arm the SRS, as described in Chassis Electrical .
  8.  

 
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