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I cannot figure out how to pull the steering wheel off of my 96 honda accord

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Read this carefully, in total, before you begin.

With car wheels aimed straight ahead, disconnect the neg. battery terminal (if you have an anti-theft radio, make sure you have the code, because you will need it.)

Wait three minutes before proceeding to allow the airbag’s backup power supply to be depleted.

Remove the access plate from the lower steering column cover and remove the short connector from the access plate (the short connector is stowed on the inside of the access plate. It is a little device that is used especially for this purpose)

Unplug the airbag module-to-cable reel connector (yellow) and plug the short connector into the airbag module side of this connection to disable the airbag.

Remove the access panels from each side of the back of the steering wheel cover, then remove both of the torx screws (you’ll need a torx screwdriver) that retain the airbag module to the steering wheel.

Pull the module off the steering wheel and CAREFULLY set it aside with the trim side facing up.

Unplug the electrical connector for the horn, and, if you have it, for the cruise control.

Remove the steering wheel retaining nut. Paint or scribe a mark indicating the relationship of the steering wheel hub to the steering shaft.

Remove the steering wheel with a steering wheel puller. DO NOT turn the steering shaft while the steering wheel is removed. If you do so, the airbag reel could be damaged.

Reinstallation is the reverse of the removal, making sure the cable reel is centered with the car wheels straight ahead (if you haven't moved the shaft, that should not be a problem), and making sure that the locating pins on the steering column engage the holes in the back of the steering wheel. Put the nut back. Torque it (36 ft. lbs). Reconnect horn and cruise control. Replace airbag, tighten torx screws. Reconnect airbag and put short connector back in access plate. Reconnect neg. battery cable.

Hope this helps you.

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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