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How do i reinstall the steeling wheel

I had to replace the combination switch which is for the headlights wipers and directional signals, had to remove the steering wheel to get to it now what is the secret for putting the wheel back on again?

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    No secret as far as I know. What seems to be giving you a hard time?



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The installation of the steering wheel on the Festiva is very straight forward and it goes back on exactly in reverse of how it came off. There are notches on the shaft that you have to line up with the grooves in the steering wheel and it just slips into place when lined up correctly. Then tighten the nut back on to press it into place.

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