- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Disconnect negative battery cable.
Remove the air bag module:
WARNINGUnder no circumstances use an ohmmeter or other live measuring instrument to take readings on a disconnected, non-deployed pyrotechnical Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) component. There is also a risk of the seat belt tensioner deploying. Pyrotechnical SRS components must never be taken apart, repaired, or transferred to another vehicle.
- With battery disconnected, move the ignition key to Position II.
- Turn the steering wheel 1 / 4 turn so that the two holes on the rear of the steering wheel are accessible.
- Insert a screwdriver in the holes on the reverse of the steering wheel. The screwdriver must be at a right-angle to the rear surface of the steering wheel.
- Place the screwdriver point against the top of the spring clip as illustrated.
- Pry the screwdriver up against the upper edge of the hole (2) so that the point of the screwdriver presses down the catch (1) until the catch releases.
- Turn the steering wheel 1 / 2 turn in the opposite direction.
- Repeat the process on the other side.
- Turn the steering wheel to the neutral position.
- Fold out the air bag.
- Disconnect the 2 connectors (there may be more or less) for the SRS ignition cables for the air bag.
Remove the air bag.
CAUTIONThe removed air bag module should be stored in a clean, dry place with the pad cover face up.
- Lock the contact reel in position with the locking screw as illustrated.
- Remove the bolt securing the steering wheel to the steering column.
- Pull the steering wheel straight back.
- Pull the cable harness through the hole in the steering wheel.
Remove the steering wheel.
- Pull the cable harness through the hole of steering wheel.
- Install the steering wheel in place.
Install the center bolt for the steering wheel. Use a new bolt. Tighten in 2 steps:
- Step 1-22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
- Step 2-angle-tighten 30°
- Remove the locking screw holding the contact reel.
Install the air bag module:
NOTEFor air bags (replacement part) supplied without keypads, for Audio, RTI, and cruise control, an upgrade kit must be ordered.
- Install the 2 connectors (there may be more or fewer).
Press the air bag into place.
CAUTIONEnsure that the wiring is not trapped during installation.
Check that the SRS is functioning properly:
- Install the battery negative lead.
- Check that the SRS indicator lamp is not defective by turning the key to Position II.
- The SRS indicator lamp must light and go out after approximately seven seconds.
- Check that the SRS indicator lamp in the combined instrument panel is not constantly lit. Fault-trace the SRS if the lamp is constantly lit.
Removal of the steering wheel allows the contact coil to turn freely but do not turn the contact coil (on the combination switch) more than allowable number of turns (about two and a quarter turns from the center position clockwise or counterclockwise respectively), or coil will break.
Do not remove steering wheel lower cover from steering wheel to prevent its mounting screws from loosening. If it is removed from the steering wheel, be sure to replace it with a new one.
Never disassemble audio control switch. Disassembly will spoil its original functions.
Remove driver air bag (inflator) module from steering wheel. Refer to air bag for removal and installation procedure.
Disconnect connector (1) from audio control switch (2) and cruise control lever (3), if vehicle equipped.
- Remove steering shaft nut.
Make alignment marks (1) on steering wheel and shaft for a guide during reinstallation.
CAUTIONDo not hammer the end of the shaft. Hammering it will loosen the plastic shear pins which maintain the column length and impair the collapsible design of the column.
Remove steering wheel (1) with special tool (A) 09944-36011.
- Install new steering wheel lower cover to steering wheel as follows if necessary.
Check that vehicle-s front tires are at straight-ahead position and contact coil is centered.
CAUTIONThese two conditions are prerequisite for installation of steering wheel. If steering wheel has been installed without these conditions, contact coil will break when steering wheel is turned.
- When installing new steering wheel, place match mark at the same position of new steering wheel as that of removed steering wheel.
Install steering wheel (1) to steering shaft with 3 lugs (2) on contact coil fitted in three grooves (3) in the back of steering wheel and also aligning marks (4) on steering wheel and steering shaft.
Tighten steering shaft nut (1) to 24.0 ft. lbs. (33 Nm).
NOTEAfter installing the steering wheel, turn the steering wheel about 1 full rotation so that the cancel cam pin fits into the pin hole in the steering wheel and then check the turn signal lever for proper function.