Toyota Camry and Avalon 1997-2000

Steering Wheel

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AIR BAG PRECAUTIONS

Several precautions must be observed when handling the inflator module to avoid accidental deployment and possible personal injury.



Never carry the inflator module by the wires or connector on the underside of the module.
 
When carrying a live inflator module, hold securely with both hands, and ensure that the bag and trim cover are pointed away.
 
Place 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 that may be thrown in the event of an accidental deployment.
 

DISARMING THE AIR BAG

To avoid personal injury when working on vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected and at least 90 seconds must elapse before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag.

rearming THE AIR BAG

After vehicle service is completed, reattach the battery cables (positive cable first!) to rearm the air bag system.


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

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. 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. Torx® screw locations on the TMC steering wheel pad



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


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



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Fig. Remove the screws . . .

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



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Fig. 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. 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. Remove the steering wheel nut from the shaft . . .



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Fig. . . . 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. Place a steering wheel puller on the end of the shaft and tighten to extract the wheel



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



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Fig. . . . 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. Read the spiral cable warning and directions prior to installation



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Fig. 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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