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How to take the steering wheel cover off without touching the airbag?

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  • heaterann04 Aug 01, 2010

    Yes I am. Then how do you fix the horn?

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Are you talking about the large part in the center of the steering wheel? If so, that is the air bag. The cover of it doesn't come off and is part of the air bag assembly.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010

  • Christopher Foulkes Aug 02, 2010

    If you've determined that the source of the failure is the horn contact switch you can remove the air bag to gain access to the contacts. But as it's possible for the bad to deploy it's recommended that it be serviced by a qualified technician. Have you checked the fuses and the connections at the horn? Is the air bag light on? The horn goes through the clock spring and if that fails it would put the air bag light on as well as cause the horn not to work.

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Lisa,

I don't know what state you are in... but in Massachusetts your truck will not pass inspection if the air bag is tampered with. A missing airbag will report to the OBD (your computer) and will cause a fail for your safety inspection. Sorry!

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You may need to call several salavage yards, but there should be one out there that will sell you one without the air bag. If your steering wheel isn't damaged, you might be able to disconect the air bag from the steering wheel.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010

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    • 2Locate the two airbag attaching screws, one on each side of the steering wheel. Pry off the plastic covers to reveal a Torx screw. Use a Torx screwdriver to loosen these two screws, which you can't remove completely. They will stop when fully retracted and remain attached to the steering wheel.

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    • 5Point the front wheels straight ahead. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut using a socket. Place a mark on the steering wheel and the steering wheel shaft so you will be able to realign them during reassembly.
    • 6Attach the steering wheel puller. There are bolt holes on each side of the steering wheel shaft. Screw the bolts on the puller into these holes and turn the puller handle clockwise to force the steering wheel off the shaft.
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    • 8Unplug the connector from the ignition switch. This connector simply pulls out of the wiring harness, without any clips to remove.
    • 9Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the "ACC" position. Insert a small screwdriver into the hole located on the bottom of the ignition switch casing to depress the release button. With the button depressed, use the key to pull the cylinder out of the casing.
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    • 11Replace the steering column covers and the three screws.
    • 12Place the steering wheel back over the steering wheel shaft, ensuring that the marks you made earlier are aligned.Turn the handle of the steering wheel puller counterclockwise until the steering wheel is fully seated. Detach the puller. Replace the steering wheel retaining nut.
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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.

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

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