|06-13-2013 07:17 PM|
|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|
|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|
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!
|01-19-2013 12:16 AM|
I just finished swapping my steering wheel (No more hard plastic!). I bought a 72 hour subscription to the Ford service info.
1. IMPORTANT!!! Remove the negative battery terminal and wait a couple minutes. (Ford documentation says to wait one minute.)
2. Lower the steering column to its lowest setting.
3. Remove the Torx screw on the top of the upper steering column shroud.
4. Turn the wheel 90° and undo a clip for the upper steering column shroud.
5. Turn the wheel 180° the other way and undo the other clip.
6. Remove the upper steering column shroud and position it out of the way.
7. With the wheel still at 90°, you will now be able to access a round hole on the back of the wheel. This provides access to a spring member than retains the airbag unit. Insert a flat blade screwdriver. You need to get between the spring member and its stop, so bias the screwdriver blade towards the steering column axis during insertion. When it's all the way in, twist it 90° to release the latch and pull on the airbag unit. This wasn't easy. You need a screwdriver with a small enough shaft to maneuver in the hole but a wide enough blade to disengage the latch when you twist it. I had to file one down.
8. Rotate the wheel 180° the other way and unlatch the other side.
9. Remove the airbag unit enough to access the connectors.
10. Disconnect the connector for the steering wheel controls.
11. Disconnect the two airbag connectors. You must pry up an orange locking mechanism to remove them. They look fragile at first, but they do come up.
12. With the airbag unit removed, turn the wheel to straight ahead.
13. Disconnect the connector from the clock spring.
14. Remove the center bolt. A 24mm or 15/16" socket works best.
15. Remove the wheel.
Replacement is mostly self-explanatory. The center bolt torque spec. is 48 N-m. Note the latching features at the front of the upper steering column shroud.
|01-18-2013 07:31 PM|
|bfitz||Did anyone ever figure out how to get the wheel off?|
|05-22-2012 12:13 PM|
Obviously you should always be careful when working on your car, and ideally recognize when a job may, in fact, be too big for you. Some people have no business changing a wheel, and others are rebuilding engines and transmissions in their garage.
The problem is all these "void your warranty" posts. I've seen it quite a bit in my month on this forum and it's sort of a knee-jerk reaction by some people. Modding your car or working on it yourself will not void your warranty. In fact, there is no such thing as a wholesale voiding of your warranty. As was previously mentioned, you may have a warranty claim denied if something you did caused the issue, but Ford cannot and will not simply suspend the warranty on your vehicle. People need to stop peeing their pants about this.
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