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Steering wheel - removal and refitting
Suspension and steering systems / Steering wheel - removal and refitting


Warning: All models are equipped with an air bag system. Make sure that the safety
recommendations given in Chapter 12 are followed, to prevent personal injury.

Removal
1 Disconnect the battery negative (earth) lead (refer to Chapter 5, Section 1).

Warning: Before proceeding, wait a minimum of 15 minutes, as a precaution against accidental firing of the air bag unit. This period ensures that any stored energy in the back-up capacitor is dissipated.

2 Turn the steering wheel so that the front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.

3 Unscrew the screws, and remove the steering column upper and lower shrouds.

4 From the rear of the steering wheel, unscrew the air bag module mounting screws.

5 Carefully lift the module from the steering wheel, and disconnect the air bag multi-plug and horn wiring connections.

Warning: Position the air bag module in a safe place, with the mechanism facing downwards as a precaution against accidental operation.

6 Make sure that the steering lock is not engaged. Unscrew the retaining bolt from the centre of the steering wheel (see illustration).

27.6 Removing the steering wheel retaining bolt
27.6 Removing the steering wheel retaining bolt

7 Remove the steering wheel from the top of the column, while feeding the horn and air bag wiring through the hole in the steering wheel hub (see illustration).

27.7 Feeding the horn and air bag wiring through the hole in the steering
27.7 Feeding the horn and air bag wiring through the hole in the steering wheel hub

Refitting
8 Make sure that the front wheels are still facing straight-ahead, then locate the steering wheel on the top of the steering column.

9 Refit the retaining bolt, and tighten it to the specified torque while holding the steering wheel (see illustration). Do not tighten the bolt with the steering lock engaged, as this may damage the lock.

27.9 Tightening the steering wheel retaining bolt
27.9 Tightening the steering wheel retaining bolt

10 Reconnect the horn wiring connections and air bag multi-plug.

11 Locate the air bag module/horn contact on the steering wheel, then insert the mounting screws and tighten them.

12 Refit the steering column upper and lower shrouds. Insert and tighten the screws.

13 Reconnect the battery negative lead.


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