Suzuki Vitara, Grand Vitara, XL7 2000-06

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Disable air bag system.
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  7. Remove steering wheel side caps.
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  9. Loosen driver air bag module mounting bolts till it turns freely, pull them out and fix them to bolt clamps.

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    Fig. Drivers air bag module mounting bolts

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  11. Remove air bag module from steering wheel.
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  13. Disconnect driver air bag module connector of driver air bag module.
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  15. Unlock lock button. With lock button unlocked, disconnect connector.
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  17. Disconnect horn connector and audio control switch connector, if equipped.
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  19. Remove steering shaft nut.
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  21. Make alignment marks on steering wheel and shaft for a guide during reinstallation.
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  23. Remove steering wheel with steering wheel puller.

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    Fig. Drivers air bag module rear view

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To install:

  1. Check that vehicle-s front tires are at straight-ahead position and contact coil cable assembly is centered.
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  3. Install steering wheel to steering shaft with 2 lugs on contact coil cable assembly fitted in two grooves in the back of steering wheel and also aligning marks on steering wheel and steering shaft.
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  5. Tighten steering shaft nut to 24 ft. lbs. (33 Nm).
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  7. Connect horn connector and audio control switch connector, if necessary.
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  9. Connect driver air bag module connector to driver air bag module securely.
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  11. Connect connector, lock connector with lock button.
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  13. Install driver air bag module to steering wheel, taking care so that no part of wire harness is caught between them.
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  15. Make sure that clearance between module and steering wheel is uniform all the way.
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  17. Tighten left side bolt of driver air bag module first and then right side bolt to 7 ft. lbs. (9 Nm).
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  19. Install steering wheel side caps.
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  21. Enable air bag system.
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  23. Connect the negative battery cable.
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