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How do you take a steering wheel off a 2002 buick regal.

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  • trhino69 May 12, 2010

    I need to take my steering wheel off my 2002 buick regal and replace it with a used one need detailed directions .please help


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Century, Grand Prix, Impala, Intrigue, Lumina, Monte Carlo, Regal 2001-2005
Steering - Removal & Installation

  1. Center the front wheels and lock the steering column. Remove the key from the ignition.
  2. Disable the SIR (air bag) system. Refer to the Chassis Electrical Section. Refer to the Chassis Electrical Section.
  3. Remove the air bag module from the steering wheel using the following procedure:
    1. Verify that the SIR system has been disabled.
      NOTE The air bag can be retained to the steering wheel with several different types of fasteners, depending on Model Year and vehicle equipment. A small mirror may be helpful to examine the back of the steering wheel to determine how the air bag is retained on your vehicle. It could be by Torx®screws which are unscrewed using the proper bit (usually a #30 driver bit). An alternate method of attachment is by small leaf-type springs which are unclipped with a small flat-blade prytool.
    2. On the back side of the steering wheel, locate and remove the air bag fasteners.
    3. Gently pull on the air bag module to free it from the steering wheel.
    4. Detach the electrical connections from the steering wheel to the air bag module.
    5. Place the air bag in a safe place, with the trim pad facing upwards.
  4. Scribe an alignment mark on the steering wheel hub in line with the existing mark on the steering shaft.
  5. Loosen, but do not remove the steering wheel shaft nut, positioning it flush with the end of the steering column shaft. This is protect the steering column shaft threads from the foot of the steering wheel puller center screw.
  6. Assemble a suitable steering wheel puller (GM recommends their J 1859-A puller with J 36541 special legs) to the steering wheel and pull the wheel loose from the shaft.
  7. Remove the steering wheel shaft nut and the remove the steering wheel. Detach the electrical connectors.

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    Fig. If leaf-type springs are used to retain the air bag, release the spring clip retainers and separate the air bag module from the steering wheel

    Fig. Carefully pull the air bag module away from the steering wheel, then detach the electrical connector

    Fig. Exploded view of the air bag module and electrical connections-Buick shown, others similar

    Fig. Typical steering wheel and the recommended puller with special legs to fit steering wheels designed for air bags

Posted on May 12, 2010

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    ZJ Limited May 12, 2010


    To install:

    1. Route the SIR connector through the steering wheel.

    2. Align the scribe mark on the steering wheel made at removal with
      the existing mark on the steering column shaft. Make sure the steering
      wheel is seated.

    3. Install the steering wheel shaft nut and tighten to 33 ft. lbs.
      (45 Nm).

    4. Install the air bag module using the following procedure:

      1. Attach the electrical connections to the air bag module.

      2. If equipped with leaf-spring type clips, line up the air bag
        module retainers with the openings in the steering wheel. Gently press
        the air bag module into place until it 'snaps' into place.

      3. If equipped with screws to retain the air bag, install the screws
        using care to line up the screw openings.

    5. Enable the SIR system.

    6. Check the operation of the horn and steering wheel. Check the
      operation of the steering wheel switches, as equipped.

    Hope this help.


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Posted on May 11, 2010

  • trhino69 May 11, 2010

    i need to take off just the steering wheel not the shaft

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    taran_2005 May 11, 2010

    Thanks for your response!!

    First you need to remove the clock-spring (plastic piece that you see). Hopefully you weren't pushing against that. It is a delicate item. Once you slip the plastic ring off, be sure it does not rotate.

    Now, you will see the lock plate that you press on and the little clip that hold it in place. That clip is a bugger to remove sometimes. A small pair of retaining ring pliers and a Flathead screwdriver are what I use.


    There is a small retaining ring with two holes. Spread the ring and remove, then the clockspring pulls straight off the shaft towards you.

    Let me know,if needed further assistance.

    Hope i helped you.

    Thanks for using ' Fixya ' and have a nice day!!


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