Hey, you should see how much assistance Tiger gives.
The reason of his response is most probably (I can only guess), that
although the physical removal of the steering wheel is quite simple,
it contains airbag. Consequently safety precautions must be strictly
observed, i.e. battery must be disconnected and a certain procedure
must be followed to engage/reset functions after connecting the
And for that, you need the manual (and/or fx. Alldata subscription).
The price of the manual will save you a ton of money. I only suggest it
because I have never removed a steering wheel on any car... I once tried to
do it on my 380SE with a breaker bar... no go... but then again, I didn't
need to remove the steering wheel to do the job I wanted to do.
Having a manual helps you figure out how to take it apart without destroying
other parts to replace the stalk is important.
Really? I took off a '81 380 SL steering wheel in about 10 min without
any guide. A very few gentle tugs to remove the horn cover, four easy
to see bolts and undo the horn wire. Then one big bolt in the center
with an Allan wrench and slide right off.
Newer ones with lots of electronics and air bag, I leave to the pros.
Anyway, if you are still with us:
I'm not sure for your specific car, but the general procedure is as
1. Remove negative battery terminal to make sure, that air bag is not
2. Remove steering wheel cover by removing the two Allen bolts (use
long Allen keys) behind the steering wheel.
3. Remove airbag
4. Remove centre bolt from steering wheel/shaft
5. Remove the steering wheel (note its position for the
That's it. But be careful when handling the airbag.
And then comes the dismantling of the steering column. Again, it's
worth investing in some kind of manual.
I don't know... Is the thread a reverse thread? Yeah, pop the center cap off
and then an allen bolt... I had a 18" 1/2" breaker bad on it...
counterclockwise... nope... won't budge... I didn't want to break my
steering lock so I just stopped.
Like I said, I didn't need to remove the steering wheel to fix what I wanted
When we decommissioned an air-bagged steering wheel from our driving
simulator, it required the fire dept to do it. Hey, its an explosive!
Over in the next town they manufacture them and they have fires and
explosions about once a year. Be careful, be very careful, it is not
your father's steering wheel.
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