Saturn Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1991-1998 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Without Air Bag

See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Lift the horn pad from the steering wheel by pulling on the edge of the pad firmly, then disconnect the wires and remove the horn pad from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the clip on the end of the steering column shaft and remove the retaining nut.
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  7. Note the position of the steering wheel locating notch for reassembly purposes.
  8.  
  9. Install a suitable steering wheel puller and remove the steering wheel from the steering column.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Route the wires through the wheel and position the steering wheel, making sure to properly align the locating notch. If the locating notch is not properly positioned, any attempt to install the steering wheel will damage the wheel and column beyond repair.
  2.  
  3. Install a new steering wheel nut. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm) and install a new clip on the end of the column.
  4.  
  5. Connect the wires to the horn pad and press the pad firmly into position on the wheel.
  6.  
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the horn pad by pulling firmly at the edge



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Fig. Fig. 2: Route the wiring harness and position the steering wheel, then install the retaining nut

With Air Bag

See Figures 3 through 15


CAUTION
If your vehicle is equipped with a Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system, follow the recommended disarming procedures before performing any work on or around the system. Failure to do so may result in possible deployment of the air bag and/or personal injury.

  1. Disable the SIR system as follows:
    1. Align the steering wheel so the tires are in the straight-ahead position, then turn the ignition to the OFF or LOCK position and remove the key.
    2.  
    3. Remove the SIR fuse from the Instrument Panel Junction Block (IPJB).
    4.  
    5. Remove the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) device, then detach the yellow 2-way SIR connector at the base of the steering column.
    6.  

  2.  
  3. If equipped with a passenger side air bag, perform the same SIR system disabling procedure with the addition of the following steps:
    1. Using a small, flat bladed screwdriver, pry off the upper instrument panel pad screw caps. Remove the trim panel retaining screws.
    2.  
    3. Disengage the rear trim panel clips by lifting up. Then, disengage the front trim panel clips by lifting up at each outer corner and pulling rearward. Be careful not to damage the trim panel during its removal from the vehicle.
    4.  
    5. Remove the upper trim panel insulator.
    6.  
    7. Remove the CPA device, then detach the yellow 2-way SIR connector on the pigtail from the passenger side air bag module.
    8.  

  4.  
  5. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  6.  
  7. If necessary, remove the screw caps from behind the steering wheel by carefully prying with a small, flat bladed screwdriver. Loosen the 4 fasteners from the back of the steering wheel and lift the inflator module from the steering wheel.
  8.  
  9. Remove the CPA device and unplug the wiring harness from the module, then remove the inflator module from the steering wheel.
  10.  


CAUTION
When carrying a live inflator module, ensure that the bag and trim cover are pointed away from the body. Never carry the inflator module by the wires or connector on the underside of the module. This will minimize the chance of injury should the module accidentally deploy.When placing a live inflator module on a bench or other surface, always place the bag and trim cover up, away from the surface. This is necessary so a free space is provided to allow for air bag expansion in the unlikely event of accidental deployment.

  1. Unplug the horn connector and, if equipped, unplug the cruise control switch connector.
  2.  
  3. Remove the clip on the end of the steering column shaft, if equipped, then remove the retaining nut.
  4.  
  5. Note the position of the steering wheel locating notch for reassembly purposes.
  6.  
  7. Install a suitable steering wheel puller and remove the steering wheel from the steering column.
  8.  
  9. Install a yellow retaining tab into the SIR coil assembly to keep it from rotating. If a retaining tab is not available, tape the coil in position to prevent coil damage.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Route the SIR wire and other electrical connections through the wheel, then position the steering wheel, making sure to properly align the locating notch. If the locating notch is not properly positioned, any attempt to install the steering wheel will damage the wheel and column beyond repair.
  2.  
  3. Remove the yellow retaining tape or the tape from the SIR coil assembly.
  4.  
  5. Install a new steering wheel nut. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm) and install a new clip on the end of the column, if equipped.
  6.  
  7. Connect the wiring harness to the horn and, if equipped, to the cruise control switch.
  8.  
  9. Position the inflator module and connect the SIR wiring harness. Install the CPA device to the connector, then seat the module on the steering wheel.
  10.  
  11. Secure the module using NEW fasteners, then tighten the new fasteners to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm). Install the screw caps, if equipped.
  12.  
  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  15. Enable the SIR system as follows:
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  1. Verify the ignition switch is in the OFF or LOCK position, then attach the SIR electrical connector at the base of the steering column. Install the CPA device to the connector.
  2.  
  3. If equipped with a passenger side air bag, connect the yellow 2-way inflator module pigtail and attach the CPA device to the connector.
  4.  
  5. If equipped with a passenger side air bag, install the insulator and upper trim panel assembly. Be sure that all flaps are tucked and clips engaged. Install and tighten the retaining screws to 20 inch lbs. (2.3 Nm). Install the trim panel screw caps.
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  7. Install the SIR fuse to the IPJB and install the junction block cover.
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  9. Turn the ignition ON and verify that the AIR BAG indicator lamp flashes 7-9 times, then extinguishes. If the light does not flash as indicated, inspect the system for malfunction.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Turn the ignition key to the ACC or LOCK position



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the right side lower console trim panel ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... to access the Instrument Panel Junction Block (IPJB)



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Fig. Fig. 6: Using a fuse puller, remove the SIR system fuse



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Fig. Fig. 7: Loosen the 4 air bag inflator module mounting fasteners



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Fig. Fig. 8: Lift the inflator module away from the steering wheel



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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the CPA device from the inflator module connector ...



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Fig. Fig. 10: ... and unplug the wiring harness from the module, then remove the module



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Fig. Fig. 11: Always place the air bag with the trim cover up, away from the surface, providing a free space in the unlikely event of accidental deployment



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Fig. Fig. 12: Disengage the horn and, if equipped, cruise control wiring connectors



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Fig. Fig. 13: Loosen the steering wheel retaining nut



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Fig. Fig. 14: Remove the retaining nut, making note of the location of the steering wheel notch



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Fig. Fig. 15: Using a steering wheel puller tool, remove the wheel from the column shaft

 
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