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09-04-2014 04:22 PM
rynocity I'm trying to swap my wheel and getting the airbag out is proving impossible to me. I've tried every size screwdriver I have including the 3/16 recommended upthread. I've filed one down, bent another at a 90 degree angle and tried using brute force when turning the screwdriver. I get the screwdriver to turn, but the airbag doesn't free up.

Anyone have any suggestions? I'd just give up and bring it to the shop, but it bugs me that I've spent this much time and failed.
08-22-2014 01:16 PM
zolemite I did this and it was fairly easy. I installed a leather wrapped one with controls to my S model. I did have to cut the wiring in order to get my airbag to fit properly
08-22-2014 12:57 PM
JohPie22
Torx screw on shroud top?

Quick Question: Where, exactly is the torx screw on top of the steering column shroud? I've been scouting around in my 2012 SEL, but can't find any sign of one.

Thanks for the write-ups, I will try to document my steering wheel swap with photos.
06-13-2013 07:17 PM
Tomskiz
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Originally Posted by vacman View Post
Did this today. A couple of quick notes:



Thanks again for paving the way!
Vacman, where'd you order the ST wheel?
05-28-2013 12:16 AM
dktang7 I hate to bump an older thread, but I recently did the steering wheel swap and now find myself in a predicament. Popping the airbag from the se steering was easy, or perhaps I was just lucky. Eager to finish the job, I bolted on the st steering wheel without straightening the wheel. As a result, my new st leather steering is now crooked lol. I figured it was a biggie since I removed the wheel before. Unfortunately, that has not been the case, as I have not been able to successfully remove the airbag unit despite my several attempts. I even considered taking it to the dealer, but am afraid they would document something that would void the warranty. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions?
02-10-2013 07:27 PM
eglove Awesome, well not awesome. But thanks for the quick reply. Time to hone the vinyl and razorblade skills
02-10-2013 07:23 PM
suss6052
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Originally Posted by eglove View Post
Is there a way just to remove the chrome trim? Or is it part of the airbag assembly?
It is a part of the airbag assembly and therefore can't be removed separately.
02-10-2013 07:15 PM
eglove Is there a way just to remove the chrome trim? Or is it part of the airbag assembly?
02-10-2013 03:01 PM
vacman Also, you will get your station memory and Bluetooth back but will lose your audio settings. If you've dialed in your stereo settings you may want to jot them down before disconnecting the battery.
02-10-2013 02:44 PM
vacman Did this today. A couple of quick notes:

Torx on column is T25.

Screwdriver I used was 3/16 and the same length as the torx driver.

If you push while twisting the screwdriver the airbag assembly will pop free without pulling.

Disconnecting the battery (10mm) before starting will give you at least 10 minutes before you can get both clips undone. Lol.

Breaker bar with 24mm deep socket worked perfectly.

The orange clips on the back of the airbag plugs can be gently pried up with a small standard screwdriver.

Use the same screwdriver to pop the green plug free by inserting it down the side of the green plug where the clip is.





Thanks again for paving the way!
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