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Re: I need a new steering wheel for a BMW318ie LHD (1997)
Disconnect neg battery lead, from underneath the steering wheel remove 2 torque screws and carefully remove airbag unit disconnect the 2 wires underneath it first, remove bottom steering column cover, next remove keys and allow steering lock to engage with the road wheels pointing straight ahead remove wheel centre stud, wriggle bump shake steering wheel till it slips of splines disconnect wires from underneath and remove wheel, installation is reverse, make sure you position steering wheel straight ahead, dont reconnect battery till airbag unit is reinstalled or you will get a warning light illuminating.
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Assuming you have power steering, check fluid level in power steering system. Check that the power steering pump belt has not fallen off. Tires that are nearly bald can make the steering effort higher. Do you have wheels that are not made for this car that have the wrong offset? Check the strut bearings to see if they are frozen. Look under the front fenders while someone else turns the steering wheel. The strut and spring should turn with the wheel. If the top of the spring does not turn, then the strut bearings need to be replaced.
You WILL need the following, 10MM wrench 13MM wrench and socket or another wrench. a eyeglasses phillips head screwdriver. (very small) a regular size phillips head screwdriver new ignition switch vice grips (may not need them) Instructions. 1. lock the steering wheel, and make note where it was just incase. 2. disconnect the battery with 10mm wrench. 3. remove the plastic around/behind the steering wheel by the two screws underneath using a phillips head screw driver. 4.
now go under the dash, and remove the plastic peices covering up the
steering wheel axel. and unscrew the bolt using a 13MM
wrench&socket. Its a "U" joint. 5. Unplug everything behind the wheel including the ignition and the airbag. 6.
using a vice grip, or your fingers if it is loose, to unscrew a gold
bolt on the left side of the steering wheel column, its right behind
the steering wheel on left underside. 7. Gently pull out the
steering wheel, and the whole thing, including the axel, and steering
wheel will comeout, be careful the end of it is greasy. 8. now with
a small screwdriver (phillips), eyeglasses size is what i used, remove
the screw where the ignition switch is, its a pretty long screw so it
may take some time and it the switch wont come out until its fully
unscrewed. 9. replace everything opposite of how it was took out. Note- when your putting the steering wheel axel back, be sure to put back the large spring and align the axel correctly.
it ois always better to replace your current part with either a used, a new OEM part, or a new aftermarket compatible part it will save you alot of frustration and money in the long run. please rate this solution