From digest.v7.n319 Tue Sep 23 14:11:32 1997
From: Peter Rhim <0006877381_at_MCIMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 12:30:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: SRS Steering Wheel Removal/Steering Column Cover Removal
I am reposting the steering wheel removal procedure to the list. It's
probably about that time again...
I removed my airbag-clad steering wheel on my 90 E34 to fix a problem
I had with my horn/steering wheel. Removal is a simple procedure and
not dangerous if directions are followed exactly.
NOTE: Make sure you have your radio code before performing the
following procedure because your radio will go into 'anti-theft' mode
when battery is disconnected and you will have to enter the code
before the radio will work again. You can get your radio code from the
dealer parts counter if you don't know have the code.
Step 1: Unhook negative battery cable. This removes any possibility of
the airbag deploying or messing up the SRS system as people have
recently reported on the list.
Step 2: On the back of the center part of the steering wheel, there are
four allen wrench screws. Unscrew these (the screws will not come
out - they are part of the airbag contraption) and the entire center
part of the steering wheel (airbag) will come off. You will have to
disconnect (just pull the connector off) the airbag trigger wire from
the center part of the airbag contraption to remove it completely.
Now the steering wheel looks exactly like a non-airbag steering wheel
with the big nut holding the steering wheel on. Unscrew the nut and
the steering wheel pulls straight off. Installation is reverse...
Re-connect the negative battery cable *last* after you are done
putting everything back together. Good luck. Std disclaimers
apply...it worked for me.
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