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The handle on the left of the steering wheel has broke off. Could you tell me the best way to wire it back on? I know I will need to tape the plastic part but I'm not sure about the wiring.

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Soldier the same coloured wires back together if they are not long enough to do this use a short piece of filler wire to join them, and instead of tape use the soldiering iron to melt the plastic back together, but be careful not to melt more than about halfway through the plastic. You can also use a bit of hard plastic as a filler for this to. Then just stick a couple of paddlepop sticks and a bit of tape to add strenth.

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Autozone sells the manual for your truck (and lots of others) for about 20 bucks. In these kinds of situations the manual can be a real help.

I can give you the general idea tho...

You have to remove the steering wheel cover, disconnect the horns and any wires, remove the steering wheel nut, get out your wheel puller (banging and slamming on the steering wheel often does not work, and if it does you will pop yourself right in the nose) pull off the steering wheel. If I remember there is another plastic cover you need to remove, and that gives you access to the switch. You undo the screws, take off the wires, push the switch out of the column and then do everything backwards ....

This is not an easy job, and you can mess up alot of stuff if you are not careful. sometimes even getting the wheel back on straight is a pain. If you have the know how and the tools then Im sure you can handle it .. but if you dont have a puller set I would reccomend you pass on this one ...

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Before I describe how I fixed mine, a warning and disclaimer:
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Symptom: Horn sounds when steering wheel is turned or with slight movement of the air bag module in the center of the steering wheel.

Possible causes:
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WARNING!: WAIT TWO MINUTES TO ALLOW THE AIR BAG SYSTEM CAPACITOR TO DISCHARGE BEFORE PROCEEDING. NEVER DISCONNECT OR RECONNECT THE AIR BAG MODULE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR UNLESS THE NEGATIVE BATTERY TERMINAL HAS BEEN DISCONNECTED FOR AT LEAST TWO MINUTES. FAILURE TO HEED THIS WARNING COULD RESULT IN UNEXPECTED DEPLOYMENT OF THE AIR BAG RESULTING IN INJURY OR DEATH.

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5. Locate the four air bag mounting bracket screws. Look for black gritty debris around the screw heads and inside the steering wheel. This is an indication that the top insulating washers have deteriorated allowing the mounting brackets to short out to the screws.

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