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How do you get the air bag off steering wheel so I can replace key cylinder

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If you still have the key you can do it by pulling the plastic cover off the column and using a very small punch or pick push the pin down through the aluminum on top of column above the lock cylinder... You almost have to turn it to the start position for the pin to push down and simply slide the switch out.... Don't take the wheel off it will do no good.

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Pull the negative battery cable then pull SRS fuse. Wait 10 minutes, then remove the screws in back of steering wheel, then pull the wheel cover off

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    • 2Disconnect the black battery cable and then the red battery cable, in that order, using a wrench unfasten the two torx bolts securing the lower lid on the steering wheel using a ratchet and torx bit. Pull off the red shorting connector from the underside of the lid and put the lid aside.
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  • 9Unplug the horn connector located on the upper side of the steering wheel assembly and the cruise control switch located off center and towards the right of the steering wheel assembly.
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    3. Remove the 3 bolts attaching the air bag module to the steering wheel. Remove the air bag module.

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    c. From the end of the clockwise travel, turn the clockspring rotor counter-clockwise. The clockspring wires should be at the top. Engage the clockspring locking pins.

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