A steering wheel is designed to control the car in either direction and holds the drivers side airbag, many times the steering wheel will need to be removed to service additional items such as the turn signal or wiper control switch. There are two types of steering wheel removals, one of which may require a steering wheel puller, other than that they are pretty much the same.
Start by removing the negative battery
cable to help prevent electrical short circuits and accidental airbag deployment
while the job is being done. To remove the steering wheel the center must be exposed,
this is done by removing the
airbag which can be done by removing the mounting bolts or screws from behind
the steering wheel.
Locate the steering wheel mounting bolt or nut, usually if the wheel is held
on by a bolt, no puller is required. An air impact gun makes this step easier but
is not necessary, loosen the bolt by turning it counterclockwise.
To locate the steering wheel correctly upon the steering shaft, look for an alignment
indicator which is used when the wheel is re-installed, if no marks are found create
a visible mark for your own reference, some steering shafts are equipped with a
flat spot so no marks are needed.
Please watch this video of the job being done, then continue down the guide to glean additional helpful information.
Firmly grasp the wheel and pull outward, it will side off the steering shaft
and become free, if your steering wheel requires a puller there will be two threaded
bolt holes near the main mounting nut.
The steering wheel is ready to be re-installed, gently feeding the wiring and
connector through the access hole in the wheel. While noting the alignment marks,
gently place the steering wheel onto the column shaft.
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