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Steering wheel trim

Does anybody know how to get the back trim piece of the steering whee Im replacing the airbag and I cant seem to get it off

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You can't remove that piece until you remove the steering wheel. You see the 4 slots in the back of the wheel on that peice you are trying to remove? You have to insert a tool like a pick or very small screwdriver and slide the locking wore to the side to get it to POP of the little stud it sit on and locks into. Be patient and try to slide the wire in all directions but you will get it. If I remember right they have to be pulled outward to release. then the air bag is in your hands after you get all 4. Disconnect the yellow connector for the airbag. You will see and have to remove the locking tab to disconnect it though. Good luck..................Scott

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