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Old 01-25-2011, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Steering Wheel Removal

I have a small problem that shouldn't be too hard to fix. I have something that has fallen down in the crack in the steering wheel between the air bag cover and the rest of the plastic frame around the steering wheel/column. I am thinking if I can remove the front cover of the steering wheel, where the air bag is concealed, I can fix this. BUT I do not want to risk any problems with the air bag. I have read in the Haynes manual to disconnect the negative battery terminal and then to also unhook a sh*t ton of electrical components before removing anything. What I am doing is simple, and I don't think will require more than unhooking the two clamps that hold that cover on.

Suggestions on steps to go through to be safe?
Does it really require that I unhook the airbag and other components from below/behind portions of the dash?

I am inclined to just disconnect the battery and go from there.
Thanks in advance!

-Lewis
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Steering Wheel Removal

[quote="Devro"]I have a small problem that shouldn't be too hard to fix. I have something that has fallen down in the crack in the steering wheel between the air bag cover and the rest of the plastic frame around the steering wheel/column. I am thinking if I can remove the front cover of the steering wheel, where the air bag is concealed, I can fix this. BUT I do not want to risk any problems with the air bag. I have read in the Haynes manual to disconnect the negative battery terminal and then to also unhook a sh*t ton of electrical components before removing anything. What I am doing is simple, and I don't think will require more than unhooking the two clamps that hold that cover on.

Suggestions on steps to go through to be safe?
Does it really require that I unhook the airbag and other components from below/behind portions of the dash?

I am inclined to just disconnect the battery and go from there.
Thanks in advance!

-Lewis[/q

If you first disconnect the battery power and then the fun begins. Really is not that hard to remove air bag and steering wheel. The trick is to use a blunt object and push from the side of the steering wheel opening on both sides. Push on the metal retaining pins inward and lift a bit until the top unhooks and lifts a bit and then do the same for the lower spring retainer and pull a bit until it releases and just do the same thing for the opposite side. As far as the steering wheel is concerned just take the nut off and lift the wheel off. easier said than done but it really is not hard just a pain.
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