Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker 1986-1998 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1986-95 Models

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the horn button and remove the steering wheel shaft nut.
  4.  
  5. Make matchmarks on the steering wheel and the shaft to use as a guide during reinstallation.
  6.  
  7. Remove the steering wheel, using a steering wheel puller.
  8.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: To remove the steering wheel, first remove the horn pad ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... then loosen and remove the steering wheel shaft nut



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Fig. Fig. 3: Matchmark the steering shaft to the wheel for alignment when installing



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Fig. Fig. 4: Assemble a puller to the steering wheel and tighten the center bolt to press the wheel from the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 5: Pull the steering wheel from the shaft

To install:
  1. Install the steering wheel onto the shaft, aligning the matchmarks.
  2.  
  3. Install and tighten the shaft nut to 19-28 ft. lbs. (25-40 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the horn button and connect the negative battery cable.
  6.  

1996-98 Models

See Figures 6, 7 and 8


CAUTION
The Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment of the air bag, resulting in unnecessary SIR system repairs and/or personal injury.



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Fig. Fig. 6: Exploded view of the 1996-98 steering wheel and related components

  1. Disable the air bag system.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel side cap from the right side and disconnect the horn connectors.
  6.  
  7. Remove the air bag module attaching bolts and the air bag assembly from the vehicle.
  8.  


CAUTION
When carrying a live air bag, make sure the bag and trim cover are pointed away from the body. In the unlikely event of an accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. 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 will reduce the motion of the module if it is accidentally deployed.


WARNING
The air bag system coil assembly is easily damaged if the correct steering wheel puller tools are not used.

  1. Remove the steering wheel nut.
  2.  
  3. Scribe alignment marks across the steering wheel and shaft to ease installation.
  4.  
  5. Using a suitable puller (such as Suzuki tool 09944-36010), remove the steering wheel.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Make sure the wheels are facing forward and the contact coil is centered.
  2.  
  3. Center the contact coil as follows:
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 7: To center the contact coil, rotate it slowly counterclockwise until it stops ...

  1. Check that the vehicle's wheels are facing straight ahead.
  2.  
  3. Check that the ignition switch is at the LOCK position.

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    Fig. Fig. 8: ... then rotate it clockwise approximately 21/2 turns and align the center marks (1)

  4.  
  5. Turn the contact coil counterclockwise slowly with a light force. Turn the coil until the contact coil will not turn any further.
  6.  
  7. From the position where contact coil became unable to turn any further, turn it back clockwise about two and a half rotations and align the center mark with the alignment mark.
  8.  

  1. Install the steering wheel onto the steering column shaft. Be sure to match up the alignment marks that were made during removal.
  2.  

When installing the steering wheel, make sure to install the steering wheel to the steering shaft with the two lugs contact coil fitted in the two grooves in the back of the steering wheel.

  1. Install the steering wheel retaining nut and tighten the nut to 19-28 ft. lbs. (25-40 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the air bag module and tighten the air bag module attaching screws to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
  6.  
  7. Enable the air bag system.
  8.  

 
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