Question about Ford Cars & Trucks
Safe/disarm the Airbag system by removing the negative battery cable for 5 minutes prior to the start of work, then remove the Airbag capsule from the steering wheel by removing the four machine screws at the rear of the steering wheel, they are down on deep wells, I believe they are 8mm heads, take a flashlight and look first, they used a number of diff screws types so confirm I am right. Once the Airbag capsule is removed remove the large nut under it that retains the steering wheel, then using a steering wheel puller (available from any auto parts store for less than $6) remove the steering wheel, you now have access to the parts that will need to be replaced or tightened if it is a tilt wheel.
Posted on Feb 10, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: loose steering wheel
Disconnect negative battery cable(10mm).
Insert key and rotate steering wheel until one of the mounting bolts for the airbag are visible from the backside (7/32 or 5.5 mm).Unscrew and rotate 180 degrees until the other is visible.Pry airbag off with a small screwdriver (being very careful) release yellow connector and place airbag aside with leather or vinyl pointing up.
Use a 24mm socket and tighten to 37 ft.pounds.
Reverse procedure to re-install airbag.
Connect cable and remember the computer will have to relearn its settings so car may run different for a while..
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
Yes there are four bolts halfway down col. this removal procedure may help.REMOVE OR DISCONNECT
Posted on May 27, 2009
You need a steering wheel puller. You may be able to rent this from your parts house. Disconnect the battery for no less than 1/2 hour before disconnecting the air bag or the air bag could deploy. Place air bag facing up or it could become a projectile if set off.
Posted on Aug 14, 2009
if wheel is offline then the person who done the tracking is responsable and take the car back to them and get them to put it right .the correct way is to adjust each track rod end a little bit not all the adjustment on one track end ,which throws out the wheel alignment .this means that you lose steering lock on one side .THIS IS COWBOY BODGE JOB .If they cant or wont put it right then take it to someone who can and report them to the office of fair trading and make a legal claim for the job to be put right
Posted on Sep 01, 2009
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What happens is that there are 3 or 4 small screw type bolts that come loose down by the tilt mechanism. As time goes on these little bolts get looser and looser and the column moves around more and more. You have to disassemble the column from the top downward to get to these and it's a fairly complicated job as there are a lot of small pieces, switches, and linkages that have to be put back together correctly so it will all work when you are done. I always put thread locker on these small bolts to prevent them from coming loose again. It's a fairly involved procedure to do this job the first few times so if you're not fully comfortable with it I would suggest having a good service facility do it for you. I usually can do one in a little over an hour, depending on how much cleaning I need to do to dirty/sticky column components.
Posted on Jun 16, 2010
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