Question about 1996 Jeep Cherokee Country
Hi could you please tell me how to remove a steering wheel on a jeep cherokee on a 1996 plate it has an air bag too.With thanks John
My 1996 does not have an electrical trigger for the air bag. It is mechanical and can be locked down by an 8mm hex bolt accessible through a plug in the top of the air bag housing.
Posted on Sep 05, 2008
1996 does not have an electrical trigger, it is mechanical and is disable by a stop screw under a cover plug on top of the bag
Posted on Sep 05, 2008
First thing to do is pull the airbag. Before you do this, you should remove the negative battery terminal. To remove the air bag, there are two 8mm bolts that must be removed from the back of the upper steering wheel arms. These are in the wheel at about a 45 degree angle from the steering column (take a look). Once you realize this, you won't be fighting them.
With the bolts out, the airbag can be pulled from the wheel after unhooking the two wires. The white molex has a trigger that needs to be released before it will pull apart. The yellow cable pulls straight out. Set the airbag aside until reassembly time.
Here's what you see after the airbag is out. Now remove the center nut that locks the wheel in place. It takes a 7/8" socket
Now the messy stuff... Time to drill! I held my puller up to the center nut and lined up where I'd drill. Start small with the drill bit as it has a tendency to walk around a little (I think because the aluminum is different thicknesses behind the front flange. Be careful not to drill into the clockspring directly behind the wheel framework. What will help is putting tape around the drill bit at the desired depth to stop at (hold bit with fingers slightly above the clockspring and get a distance to mark with tape).
Thread the side bolts through the puller and thread them into the steering wheel metal. (I had forgotten to remove the nut in this pic had to take it back apart). I used the fine thread bolts that came with my puller which worked well.
Thread the center puller bolt in, but before you go to town, unplug the black wire from the steering wheel cruise and radio buttons from the clockspring. Now you are ready to pull the wheel!
Preparing to Pull Wheel Off
Here it is with the wheel off...
Posted on Jun 05, 2008
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