Question about Ford Taurus
To remove the steering wheel first you must disarm the steering wheels Airbag module, the esiest way is to disconnect the battery NEGATIVE cable at the battery for 10 minutes prior to removing the air bag, the Airbag is held on the wheel by four studs with nuts on them, you access them through the holes in the back of the steering wheel, I think they are 10mm, you will need a nut driver or a very deep thin walled socket, once the Airbag is loose disconnect the wiring to it carefully, the remove the rotating contact under the Airbag called the Clock-Spring, now that all this is out of the way set it aside, the steering wheel is held in place by a cir-clip snap ring and a large nut on a threaded shaft, once the clip is removed and the nut removed you will need a steering wheel puller to get the steering wheel off, it is on a tapered shaft and very hard to break free manually, you can borrow a steering wheel puller or rent one cheaply. There is no need to remove the entire steering column to get the dash out. You will find this a very difficult job without a service manual and the pictures it has with full instructions, I advise you to subscribe to an online service that has all the factory manuals for download, the web site is called www.alldatadiy.com
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Disconnect the negative battery cable and wait at least one minute for the air bag system to lose power. Make sure the front wheels are straight ahead and lock the steering column.
Detach the air bag module by removing the bolts from underneath both sides of the steering wheel and the electrical connector. Remove the steering wheel bolt and press the wheel away from the steering column. Remove the lower steering column cover.
Insert a 1/8-inch wire or pin punch in the shroud hole under the ignition switch while it's in the "Run" position. Press on the pin and pull on the ignition switch lock cylinder to remove it.
Disassemble and remove the instrument panel from the Taurus' interior. This includes the radio and all panels, electrical connectors, harnesses and screws. You'll need an assistant to help you lift and remove the instrument panel.
Drain the engine coolant from the cooling system, using a clean container for reuse. Remove the heater hoses, actuator and metal cover from the heater. Disengage the spring from the heater core cover and the lever.
Depress the locking ramp and remove the lever from the secondary air temperature control (the lever is brittle, so don't bend it). Remove the primary air conditioning air temperature control door shaft from the pin.
Remove the heater core cover and seal from the heater/air conditioning housing assembly. Remove the heater core from the heater/air conditioning housing by pressing on the core tubes and assembly.
Install the replacement heater core to the heater/air conditioning housing. Install the core cover, seal, lever, spring, metal cover, actuator and heater hoses.
Replace and assemble the instrument panel with your assistant's help. Connect the steering wheel (use a new bolt to connect it to the column), air bag and negative battery cable.
Refill the cooling system with either the old coolant or new. Start the Taurus' engine and let it reach normal operating temperature. Watch the climate control operation and check for any leaks.
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