Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:48 am Post subject: Sterring Wheel Removal
Does any one have pics or know of a link on how to remove the steering wheel from a 2000 Impala LS. I need to replace the turn signal switch and can use a little more detail that what the Haynes manual provide. Those manuals suck!
I mean the multifunction switch. I know it's not that hard to take out, just a little time consuming. Also, before I go disconnecting wires here and there, do I need to disable the anti theft system on the radio before I disconnect the battery? the Haynes manual that I have says to do so? Any comments
Don't think so. When I did it, I removed the fuses for the SRS and disconnected the airbag harness in the passenger side fuse panel. Might want a grounding strap when working around the airbag too. You can never be too careful especially when it comes to having an airbag go off in your face.
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So is there more than one SRS fuse? I know there is one at the driver side panel, so there is another at the passenger side panel? I know after disconnecting the battery you should wait at least 5 min. or so before missing around the air bag system.
I disconnected my SRS fuse a day before pulling the steering wheel.
The air bag was fairly hard to figure out as to removal, as in the 1st gen. W-Body's its just bolted in, while these Impalas use some quick connect stuff to save 5 seconds on the assembly line.
GM has a special tool for the removal, but I found that inserting two flat head screwdrivers into the slots and turning both at the same time will push the clips back in enough for the spring to push the air bag out on that side.
Once you get the air bag off, it's pretty easy to figure out.
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The airbag connector has a self-terminating safety built into it on both sides to neutralize the device automatically during disassembly. You should still disconnect the battery and SRS fuse at minimum 30 minutes before you begin. The clips on the back of the wheel aren't too difficult to remove, you don't need to remove torx fasteners there. A steering wheel puller will help but in my opinion isn't really necessary, I just pull them off by hand usually.
Full disclosure: I'm actually a gorilla. I've removed the airbag and steering wheel with the vehicle running and on a closed course in a Dodge Ram W2500 before. Sometimes I too have to learn from my mistakes. Blowing up airbags under couches is some of the most fun you can have in the daytime.
But I replaced my mfs lately without removing the steering wheel or the air bag. I did remove the srs fuse and follow the 30 min delay just to be safe.
The following may not work for you, but it did for me...... and if not, you can always take off the steering wheel.
If you turn the steering wheel until the smallest part of the hub is alongside the screw you want to remove, you can sneak a short 1/4" drive torx socket on a 1/4" breaker bar between the hub of the steering wheel and the torx screw. Possibly even a torx screw driver if it has a long shaft. Alignment is not perfect but with a little pressure into the screw and some patience, the screw will come out. (Be careful as there is the possibility of rounding the threads if you try to muscle it) Reverse to install. Or you can replace the screw with a hex head version rather than a reusing the torx headed screw if you think you might be back someday. They you'll be able to use a small open end wrench, like a thin ignition wrench.
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