- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Position the steering wheel so that the tires are aimed in the straight-ahead position.
- Disable the SIR system. Refer to Air Bag (Supplemental Restraint System), disarming the system.
- Remove the speed control switch screws from the back of the steering wheel. Pull the switch pods out and disconnect the wire connectors.
- Remove the Driver Airbag attaching bolts from steering wheel.
Lift the airbag and disconnect the airbag squib connectors using a finger grip.
CAUTIONPlace the inflator module on a bench or other surface with the bag and trim cover facing up. With the inflator module on the bench, never place anything on or close to the module which may be thrown in the event of accidental deployment.
Use care not to pull on the wires. Never use a metallic tool to pry on the connector.
- Disconnect the horn wire connector from the airbag mounting bracket and remove the driver airbag.
- If equipped with remote audio control switches, disconnect the 4-way connector between the clockspring and the steering wheel wiring harness.
Unscrew the steering wheel retaining bolt nearly all the way out (approximately 15mm). Do not completely remove the bolt at this time.
WARNINGWhen installing the wheel puller on the steering wheel, be sure the puller bolts are hand threaded no more than 5 revolutions in the threaded holes of the steering wheel. Avoid contact between the bolts and the face of the clockspring, otherwise damage to the clockspring may result.
- Install the puller on the steering wheel.
- While holding steering wheel firmly in the straight-ahead position, loosen the steering wheel using a wheel puller.
- Remove the puller from the wheel.
- Remove the retaining bolt.
Remove the steering wheel. Carefully feed all the wires through the steering wheel armature to avoid damaging the wires as the steering wheel is removed.
- Ensure that the tires and wheels are aimed straight-ahead.
Ensure that clockspring is centered by using the centering indicator.
- Depress the plastic locking pin to disengage lock mechanism.
- With lock mechanism disengaged, rotate the clockspring rotor clockwise until the rotor stops. Do not apply excessive force.
- From the end of travel, rotate the rotor 3 turns counterclockwise. The wires should end up at the top.
- Release the plastic locking pin to engage the clockspring lock mechanism.
- Ensure that the turn signal stalk is in neutral position.
As steering wheel is installed onto steering shaft, pay special attention to following:
Carefully route the clockspring wires over the top of the steering wheel armature, through the wheel.
- Install and tighten the steering wheel retaining bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
- If equipped with remote audio control switches, connect the 4-way connector between the clockspring and the steering wheel wiring harness . Store the connection behind the tab in the steering wheel housing.
- Connect the horn lead wiring connector at the driver airbag bracket.
- Route the speed control wires under the mechanism and through the speed control switch pockets.
Connect the airbag squib leads to the Driver Airbag:
- Be sure the squib wiring connectors are securely latched into the airbag connectors.
- Check that the wires do not get pinched during the installation.
- Place the airbag into the mounted position.
- Install the airbag mounting bolts and tighten the left side first. Tighten to 75-95 inch lbs. (9-11 Nm).
- Connect the speed control wires to the switches and install the switches. Tighten the screws to 9-15 inch lbs. (1-2 Nm).
Properly connect the battery and check the airbag system:
- Make sure the negative battery cable is disconnected.
- Turn the ignition key to the ON position, then exit vehicle.
- After checking that no one is inside the vehicle, connect the negative battery cable.
- If the airbag warning lamp either fails to light, or goes ON and stays ON , there is a system malfunction and the Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) memory must be checked.
- If the airbag warning lamp flashes 7-9 times and then goes off, the system is functioning normally.