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Hi Augie, Sounds to me as if the steering system needs bleeding. Make sure the fluid level is correct and then seat yourself inside, start the engine and turn i=the steering wheel to full lock and hold it there for not more than three seconds repeat the operation turning the opposite lock. Keep doing that until the steering seems correct and then take the vehicle for wheel alignment. Regards John
How To: Remove your air bag & steering wheel 1. With the car running turn you steering wheel so that the button controls on the wheel are at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock. 2. Turn off the car. 3. Remove the Air Bag fuse #8 from under the back seat, and disconnect the negative battery terminal. Let the car sit for at least 15 minutes 4. Using a flat bladed screw driver insert and twist about 90* while pulling out on one corner that corner of the airbag. 5. Remove all electrical connectors on the back of the airbag and your two steering wheel control buttons. there are a total of 6 connections to be removed. 6. If you only need to replace your steering wheel control buttons you will see two Torx screws on the back side of each control, unscrew and replace the unit and you are done! (after you reconnect everything). 7. To continue on with removing the steering wheel reach for your 21mm socket, and remove the nut. 8. Using a steering wheel puller that has "hooks" at the ends, follow the instructions with your kit to remove the steering wheel 9. Once the wheel is off and you go to re-install, make sure you have it lined up correctly. The steering wheel nut is tightened to 35 foot lbs.
There is no aftermarket DIRECT FIT steering wheel.
Each manuafacturer would be required to ake 3000+ different wheels.
Instead they use a HUB adapter.
You pick the wheel you want, and install the adapter that fits the wheel to your car. MOMO USA is a popular company that makes many hub adapters and wheels.
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Disconnect negative battery cable. Locate airbag retentions on back of steering wheel. Unbolt or unclip retention devices, and release airbag. Then: Unplug airbag electrical connector. Remove nut or bolt in center of steering wheel with pneumatic impact wrench if necessary . Using appropriate steering wheel removal tool kit, carefully remove steering wheel, paying attention to associated wires, etc. Unplug anything not accompanying wheel, or that is in the way. Pay close attention to any rods, or contact pieces associated with the horn button(s.) Replace these upon reinstall. Reverse order to install including tightening center bolt to 35-55 ft-lbs. If this is your first stg wheel removal, try an old chevy, preferrably someone else's! If inexperienced, don't risk bruising your favorite Bimmer!!! Hope this helps you make your decision. Tater Todd
You will need to remove the steering wheel, if you have an airbag disarm it, this is very important, disconnect the battery and unplug the airbag diagnostic monitor, then remove the large nut retaining the wheel to the steering shaft, you will need a steering wheel puller to get the wheel off, very cheap tool avail from most parts stores, after the wheel is off remove the turn signal switch and move it to the left, under that switch you will see the pin that retains the lock cylinder, it will be a cross point screw, remove it, with the key turned to on remove the lock cylinder.