Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected for a minimum of 90 seconds before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1983-88 Models

WARNING
Do not attempt to remove or install the steering wheel by hammering on it. Damage to the energy absorbing steering column could result.

  1. Park the vehicle so that the front wheels are straight and make sure the steering wheel in the neutral position.
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  3. On 1983-86 US vehicles and 1987-88 vehicles equipped with tilt steering, remove the screw at the lower portion of the steering wheel pad and gently pull the pad upward and outward to remove it. On Canadian and 1987-88 vehicles without tilt steering, just pull the steering wheel pad upward and outward (gently). On Canadian models, the horn plate will be removed with the pad.
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  5. Loosen and remove the steering wheel nut.
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  7. Using a suitable metric threaded puller, remove the steering wheel.
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To install:
  1. Position the steering wheel onto the shaft and "walk'' the steering wheel down the main shaft and install the nut.
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  3. Make sure that the steering wheel is at the center point and hold it there.
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  5. Tighten the nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm) and check the center point again.
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  7. Install the steering wheel pad in the reverse of the removal procedure.
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1989-96 Models
WITHOUT AIR BAG

WARNING
Do not attempt to remove or install the steering wheel by hammering on it. Damage to the energy-absorbing steering column could result.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Position the front wheels straight ahead.
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  3. Unfasten the horn and turn signal multi-connector(s) at the base of the steering column shroud.
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  5. If equipped with a 3 spoked wheel, loosen the trim pad retaining screws from the back side of the steering wheel. The 2 spoke steering wheel is removed in the same manner as the three spoke, except that the trim pad should be pried off with a small prybar. Remove the pad by lifting it toward the top of the wheel.
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  7. Lift the trim pad and horn button assembly from the wheel.
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  9. Remove the steering wheel hub retaining nut.
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  11. Scribe matchmarks on the hub and shaft to aid in correct installation.
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  13. Use a suitable puller to remove the steering wheel.
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  15. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the wheel retaining nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
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WITH AIR BAG

See Figures 1 thru 14


CAUTION
Work must be started only after 90 seconds or longer has passed from the time the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position and the negative battery terminal is disconnected. If the air bag system is disconnected with the ignition switch at the ON or ACC, deployment could occur.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remember, have the ignition key in the LOCK position and wait 90 seconds prior to working on the SRS system.
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  3. Place the front wheels facing straight ahead.
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  5. Remove the steering wheel lower No. 2 and No. 3 covers.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the two side trim covering the Torx® screws

  1. Using a Torx® wrench T30, loosen the screws until the groove trailing the screw circumference catches on the screw case. Models produced by TMC have 3 screws and models produced by TMM have 3 screws.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Torx® screw locations on the TMC steering wheel pad



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Fig. Fig. 3: Torx® screw locations on the TMM steering wheel pad

Loosen the screws until the groove along the screw circumference catches on the screw case.



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the screws ... .

  1. Pull the wheel pad out from the steering wheel and disconnect the air bag wiring.
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Fig. Fig. 5: ... then pull the pad off the steering wheel slightly



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Fig. Fig. 6: Disconnect the SRS wiring from the back side of the pad

  1. Walk over to a table and place the air bag down with the pad facing upwards only.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Always store the air bag with the pad side facing up!

  1. Remove the steering wheel nut. Place matchmarks on the wheel and steering shaft.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the steering wheel nut from the shaft ...



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Fig. Fig. 9: ... then matchmark the shaft and wheel with paint

  1. Using a steering wheel puller SST 09950-50010 or equivalent, remove the steering wheel.
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Fig. Fig. 10: Place a steering wheel puller on the end of the shaft and tighten to extract the wheel



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Fig. Fig. 11: Disconnect any wiring from the combination switch etc ...



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Fig. Fig. 12: ... then pull the steering wheel off

To install:
  1. Turn the spiral cable on the combination switch counterclockwise by hand until it becomes harder to turn. Then rotate the cable clockwise about 3 turns to align the alignment mark (usually red).
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Fig. Fig. 13: Read the spiral cable warning and directions prior to installation



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Fig. Fig. 14: Make sure the mark on the cable is aligned correctly

  1. Install the steering wheel, align the matchmarks and tighten the nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
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  3. Connect the air bag wiring and install the steering pad. Confirm that the groove of the Torx® screws is caught on the screw case. Tighten the Torx® screws to 78 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
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CAUTION
If the wheel pad/air bag has been dropped by accident, replace it with a new one. If not, the air bag may go off without warning during normal operation of the vehicle.

  1. Install the screw covers.
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  3. Connect the battery cable, check operation and the steering wheel center point.
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  5. Reset the radio and clock.
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