Toyota Tercel 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4


CAUTION
On models equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or "air bag,'' work must NOT be started until at least 90 seconds have passed from the time that both the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position and the negative cable is disconnected from the battery.


CAUTION
The steering system on any vehicle is assembled with high grade, hardened fasteners. NEVER substitute a fastener of inferior load rating when assembling a suspension component!

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

Without Air Bag
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Loosen the horn pad retaining screws, if applicable, then pull the pad from the steering wheel.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the horn pad retaining screw, if applicable, then remove the pad

  1. Remove the steering wheel hub retaining nut and washer.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing the steering wheel retaining nut

  1. Paint matchmarks on the hub and shaft to aid in correct installation.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Matchmark the position of the steering wheel to aid in installation

  1. Use SST 09609-20011 or its equivalent, to remove the steering wheel.
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Fig. Fig. 4: A steering wheel puller must be used to remove the steering wheel

  1. Installation is performed in the reverse order of removal. Tighten the steering wheel retaining nut to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm). This will draw the steering wheel onto the shaft.
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With Air Bag

See Figures 5 and 6


WARNING
Be sure the air bag system is disarmed before attempting any service procedures. Failure to do so may result in serious personal injury and component damage.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Make sure the wheels are in the straight ahead position.
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  5. Remove the two small covers on the back of the steering wheel to access the steering wheel pad retaining screws.
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  7. Using a T30 Torx® bit, loosen the screws until the collar on the screw is bottomed against the screw case.
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  9. Pull the steering wheel pad out of the steering wheel, then unplug the SRS connector. Take care not to pull on the air bag wire harness.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Removing the pad on air bag equipped vehicles

When storing the pad, keep the finished side (facing the driver) of the pad facing upwards. Carry the pad with the finished side facing away from you. Never attempt to disassemble the pad.

  1. Remove the steering wheel hub retaining nut and washer.
  2.  
  3. Paint matchmarks on the hub and shaft to aid in correct installation.
  4.  
  5. Use SST 09609-20011 or its equivalent, to remove the steering wheel.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Align the matchmarks, then install the steering wheel onto the shaft. Tighten the retaining nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm). This will draw the steering wheel onto the shaft.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Make sure the harness is not pinched on air bag equipped vehicles

  1. Confirm that the collar on the screw is bottomed against the screw case. Engage the SRS connector, then install the pad on the wheel.
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  3. Tighten the screws to 78 inch lbs. (8.8 Nm). Note the following:
    1. Make sure that the pad retaining screws are tightened to their specified torque.
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    3. Replace the air bag if the pad has been dropped, or if there are cracks, dents or other defects in the pad (front and back) or connector.
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    5. When installing the pad, make sure that the wiring will not interfere with other components and are not pinched between other parts.
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  5. Install the covers on the back of the steering wheel.
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  7. Connect the negative battery cable, then check for proper air bag warning lamp operation.
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