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Steering wheel My 2000 focus steering wheel wobbles as if it loose. It has movement in all directions. How do I remove the airbag to tighten the mounting nut?

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There is a cover on the bottom of the steering wheel.pop that open and there will be a 7mm bolt if it's loose just tighten it.turn to the right.if it is that style if not there will be a plug on each side on the back and two 8mm bolts

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How to replace a clockspring on my 1999 jeep cherokee


CLOCKSPRINGThe clockspring cannot be repaired. It must be replaced if faulty or damaged, or if the driver side airbag has been deployed.
WARNING: THE AIRBAG SYSTEM IS A SENSITIVE, COMPLEX ELECTROMECHANICAL UNIT. BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO DIAGNOSE OR SERVICE ANY AIRBAG SYSTEM OR RELATED STEERING WHEEL, STEERING COLUMN, OR INSTRUMENT PANEL COMPONENTS YOU MUST FIRST DISCONNECT AND ISOLATE THE BATTERY NEGATIVE (GROUND) CABLE. THEN WAIT TWO MINUTES FOR THE SYSTEM CAPACITOR TO DISCHARGE BEFORE FURTHER SYSTEM SERVICE. THIS IS THE ONLY SURE WAY TO DISABLE THE AIRBAG SYSTEM. FAILURE TO DO THIS COULD RESULT IN ACCIDENTAL AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT AND POSSIBLE PERSONAL INJURY.
REMOVALNOTE: Before starting this procedure, be certain to turn the steering wheel until the front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
  1. Place the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
  2. Remove the driver side airbag module from the steering wheel. Refer to Driver Side Airbag Module in the Removal and Installation section of this group for the procedures.
  3. Disconnect the steering wheel wire harness connector from the upper clockspring connector receptacle, which is located between the two upper spokes of the armature within the hub cavity of the steering wheel.
  4. Remove the nut that secures the steering wheel armature to the steering column upper shaft, which is located within the hub cavity of the steering wheel.
  5. Pull the steering wheel off of the steering column upper shaft spline using a two-jawed puller (Special Tool C-3894-A) When installing the puller onto the steering wheel, be certain that each jaw of the puller is seated in the pocket that is cast into the underside of the steering wheel armature on each side of the hub Steering Wheel Armature Pockets Also, if the clockspring is to be reused, be certain not to damage or deform the clockspring case when positioning the jaws of the puller below the steering wheel armature hub


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  • Unsnap the two halves of the tilting steering column shroud from each other and remove both halves from the steering column.
  • Disconnect the two instrument panel wire harness connectors from the lower clockspring connector receptacles.
  • Remove the two screws that secure the clockspring case to the multi-function switch mounting housing


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  • Remove the clockspring from the steering column by sliding the clockspring hub up and off of the steering column upper shaft. The clockspring cannot be repaired. It must be replaced if faulty or damaged, or if the driver side airbag has been deployed.


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    INSTALLATIONIf the clockspring is not properly centered in relation to the steering wheel, steering shaft and steering gear, it may be damaged. Refer to Clockspring Centering in the Adjustments section of this group before installing or reinstalling a clockspring.
    Service replacement clocksprings are shipped pre-centered and with a locking pin installed. This locking pin should not be removed until the clockspring has been installed on the steering column. If the locking pin is removed before the clockspring is installed on a steering column, the locking pin cannot be reinstalled and the clockspring centering procedure must be performed.
    NOTE: Before starting this procedure, be certain that the front wheels are still in the straight-ahead position.
    1. While holding the centered clockspring hub and case stationary in relationship to each other, slide the clockspring down over the steering column upper shaft.
    2. Align and seat the three pins in the clockspring hub with the three holes in the hub of the turn signal cancelling cam. It should be noted that when the clockspring is properly centered the uppermost pin in the clockspring hub is an oblong pin, and it will only fit in the oblong hole in the hub of the turn signal cancelling cam.
    3. Align and seat the one pin and the two mounting holes on the clockspring case to their respective holes in the multi-function switch mounting housing.
    4. Install and tighten the two clockspring mounting screws. Tighten the screws to 2.5 N•m (22 in. lbs.)
    5. Reconnect the two instrument panel wire harness connectors to the lower clockspring connector receptacles.
    6. Position the lower tilting steering column shroud to the steering column. Install and tighten the screw that secures the shroud to the multi-function switch mounting housing. Tighten the screw to 1.9 N•m (17 in. lbs.)
    7. Position the upper tilting column shroud to the steering column with the hazard warning switch button inserted through the hole in the upper surface of the shroud. Align the upper tilting steering column shroud to the lower shroud and snap the two shroud halves together.
    8. Install the steering wheel to the steering column upper shaft. Be certain to index the alignment splines in the hub of the steering wheel armature with the splines on the shaft. Pull the clockspring wire harness through the hole between the two upper steering wheel armature spokes.
    9. Install and tighten the steering wheel mounting nut. Tighten the nut to 47 N•m (420 in. lbs.) Be certain not to pinch the wire harnesses between the steering wheel and the nut.
    10. Reconnect the steering wheel wire harness connector to the upper clockspring connector receptacle, which is located between the two upper spokes of the armature within the hub cavity of the steering wheel.
    11. Install the driver side airbag module onto the steering wheel. Refer to Driver Side Airbag Module in the Removal and Installation section of this group for the procedures.
    I would recommend having the dealer to replace the clockspring due to needing the special steering wheel puller and the fact that you will need to purchase the clockspring from the jeep dealer

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    I have a loose steering wheel on a 1997 ford f150 and would like to see or have explained how to remove the steering wheel to make any neccessary repairs,airbag equipped


    Safe/disarm the Airbag system by removing the negative battery cable for 5 minutes prior to the start of work, then remove the Airbag capsule from the steering wheel by removing the four machine screws at the rear of the steering wheel, they are down on deep wells, I believe they are 8mm heads, take a flashlight and look first, they used a number of diff screws types so confirm I am right. Once the Airbag capsule is removed remove the large nut under it that retains the steering wheel, then using a steering wheel puller (available from any auto parts store for less than $6) remove the steering wheel, you now have access to the parts that will need to be replaced or tightened if it is a tilt wheel.

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    How do I get the rear drums off a 2000 Ford focus. I removed the spindle nut,


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    1. Raise and support vehicle
    2. Release the parking brake
    3. Remove wheel and tire
    4. Disconnect wheel speed sensor wiring harness from wheel knuckle and floor panel.
    5. Remove 4 wheel spindle attaching bolts, then the wheel hub and drum assembly from vehicle.
    6. Reverse procedure to install noting the following:
    a. Torque wheel spindle retaining nut to 49 ft. lbs.
    b. Torque wheel/tire assembly to 94 ft. lbs.
    2000 Ford Focus Drum Replacement ProcedureIf replacing the drum and wheel bearing assembly:
    1. Raise and support vehicle
    2. Release the parking brake
    3. Remove wheel and tire
    4. Remove center dust cap.
    5. Remove hub retaining nut.
    6. Remove drum and hub assembly. Ensure wheel speed sensor ring is not damaged when removing drum/hub (if equipped).
    7. Reverse procedure to install noting the following:
    a. Inspect and clean wheel speed sensor ring if equipped.
    b. When tightening hub retaining nut, rotate the hub assembly in counterclockwise direction.
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    How to take of steering wheel in audi 80


    First you have to disarm SRS system.How- ensure ignition switched OFF.Remove ign.key.Disconect battery earth lead and make sure accidental reconection is not possible.Disconect power suply multi-plug/red/,located behing driver.s storige compartment under fascia.No waiting time required. Now you have to remove driver.s airbag.There is two screws with 5mm allan/hexagon/head behing an airbag.Open it.Disconect and remove airbag.Use 24 socket for steering wheel nut. When remove a steering wheel be very carefull with spiral cable behing.GOOD LUCK !!! There is tightening torque for steering wheel nut-40Nm and two screws-6Nm.

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    I've just replaced the rotors and brake pads on both front tires and I felt the wheels feel whobbly. Anyone knows why? Thanks.


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    Insert key and rotate steering wheel until one of the mounting bolts for the airbag are visible from the backside (7/32 or 5.5 mm).Unscrew and rotate 180 degrees until the other is visible.Pry airbag off with a small screwdriver (being very careful) release yellow connector and place airbag aside with leather or vinyl pointing up.
    Use a 24mm socket and tighten to 37 ft.pounds.
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    Connect cable and remember the computer will have to relearn its settings so car may run different for a while..

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