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R&R Steering Wheel Assembly and/or Steering Column Assembly

The bracket that supports the cruise control buttons has broken on both sides. Will it be easier to replace the steering wheel assembly, or will it be easier to replace the entire steering column? A steering wheel assembly, minus airbag, runs about $180 at a Ford dealership. I know where I can get the entire steering column for $90.
I realize there may be other complications with the steering column-ie, ignition tumbler R&R and anti-theft(my Explorer has the factory anti-theft).
If I replace just the steering wheel, how do I safely disable the airbag so it won't accidentally deploy during removal and installation into the new steering wheel?

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If you disconnect the battery and let it sit awhile this will disable the airbag.

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