How to remove the steering wheel

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How to remove the steering wheel

Post by red » Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:14 am

Steering Wheel Removal

Guide Overview:

This guide will hopefully explain the basic principles to remove the steering wheel, if you find any in-accuracies then please let me know.

(Please read the entire guide before attempting to remove the steering wheel!)

Difficulty: 3/5

Time: 2-3 hours

Required Tools:
  • 10mm socket (For the battery nut)
  • 5.5mm socket (Airbag removal)
  • 15mm socket (Steering wheel removal)
  • Phillips screwdriver
Procedure:

1. Disconnect the battery using the 10mm socket.
(Disconnect the negative terminal to avoid shock)

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You should wait between 30-60 mins after disconnecting the battery before proceeding with the rest of the guide to allow the airbag module time to discharge. This should ensure that the airbag will not deploy whilst removing it.

2. Remove the surround (unscrew 5 screws then pull off the top, you will need to manoeuvre the bottom half over the ignition barrel)

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3. Unscrew the 5.5mm nuts on the back of the steering wheel. These don't drop out but you will know when they are loose enough.

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4. Remove the airbag by pulling it toward you (it is clipped in so it requires a little force) then disconnect the cable from the airbag.

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5. Store the airbag face up on a flat surface in a cool location.

6. Disconnect the airbag cable from the inside of the steering column.
(Note this is hooked onto the thread of a bolt make not of this for the reverse procedure)

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7. There is one Phillips head screw slightly left of the ignition barrel, undo this and free the airbag cable.
(I am aware the wheel is already off here but this picture was an after thought, the screw would be where the hole is)

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8. Using the 15mm socket undo the nut holding the steering wheel on. Once loose screw it in just a little bit for the next step.

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9. Pull the steering wheel off. This requires some force hence why we leave the nut attached to stop us from hitting ourselves in the face with the steering wheel!

10. Once off remove the 15mm nut and take off the steering wheel.

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11. To replace the steering wheel please reverse the procedure.

Conclusions:

This is how I take my wheel off when required and can confirm it does work. I changed my steering wheel this way and also once changed I found that the clock spring on my new wheel was faulty (flashing airbag light) so I went through this procedure again and replaced the clock spring with the one from my old steering wheel. I also greased the back of the clock spring upon replacement to aid smooth rotation and prevent the grinding or gritty noise that sometimes occurs.

I am happy with the result as I went from this:

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To this:

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Disclaimer:

This guide is intended for reference only and I cannot be held liable for any damages incurred. If you do not feel comfortable touching wires around by the airbag then leave it to a professional!

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If you require any further information on steering wheel removal or clock spring replacement please contact me via PM or email and I will be happy to try and assist!
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Post by ovi_barosanu » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:36 am

hi
i want to remove the steering wheel to my puma but i can't unscrew the 5.5mm nuts on the back of the steering wheel.What socket i need. pls help me whith more info
thx :)
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Post by red » Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:53 pm

Hi Ovi,

You just need a small 5.5mm socket i.e. that you get in the smaller socket sets with the thin end at the top probably no more than 8mm in diameter.

If its a bit tight the rubber does give a bit and you can firmly press it in.

What have you tried so far then?

The nuts might not come out of the steering wheel once loosened but that is ok.

P.s welcome to the forum :)
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Post by DradusContact » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:07 pm

Red, whats the difference in the two pics you posted, they look the same to me!
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Post by red » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:20 pm

Between the 2 steering wheels?

Look at the leather parts on the top one then again on the second one.

It's like spot the difference ;)
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Re: How to remove the steering wheel

Post by QJP » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:05 pm

Heh it looks a lot like my steering wheel now :-)

Did you get the replacement from Ebay or direct from Ford?
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Post by red » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:21 pm

I had bought it off another member at the time; I ended up replacing it again with a fiesta steering wheel without the bits at the side as I was fed up with it wearing away. In saying that the replacement was second hand and had already started to wear, a new one would have been ideal!
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Post by Pug » Tue May 04, 2010 2:09 pm

Nice guide. Couple of questions -
Is the steering column splined? Our wheel is off by a few degrees and I'm wondering if it'll be easier to take the wheel off or do it on the tracking instead (depending which end looks like it was worked on previously).

Secondly, do you have a link where I can find those Puma logo floor mats? :-)
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Post by FlashBastd » Tue May 04, 2010 2:15 pm

Puma logo floormats are available from Ford, along with various resellers on eBay, etc. expect to pay around £50.

The steering column isn't splined, IIRC it is a hex shape.
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Re: How to remove the steering wheel

Post by tekz » Sun May 22, 2011 8:15 pm

My clock spring needs replacing as it's making a grating noise and tends to go to the left over bumps and left indicator doesn't self cancel, I've read that the clock spring needs some sort of computer adjustment with some cars, is this true with puma's?
And how much should I expect a garage to charge for this work? (removal of steering wheel, replacing of clock spring, and I guess realignment of steering wheel?)

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Post by red » Mon May 23, 2011 1:40 pm

I've never heard of anyone having a clock spring adjusted on a Puma.

Depends on the garage you go to really and whether you're supplying the part.

I'd say an hours labour would easily cover it.
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Post by LOONEY » Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:02 pm

would a mk2 ford ka steering wheel fit? i think they look alright
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Post by adampuma » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:51 pm

i still have a brand new ford black standard steering wheel for sale if anyones interested. :)
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Post by LOONEY » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:44 am

mines blue mmm how much
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Post by adampuma » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:36 am

Are you asking me how much? £70 collected from kent or £80 delivered
This is a genuine ford new steering wheel never fitted.
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Post by Neil » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:37 am

Can you post this up as a sale ad please.
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Post by adampuma » Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:55 pm

it has been done
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Re: How to remove the steering wheel

Post by Snowcol » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:26 pm

Hi - Very Helpful post.
I am doing a Puma up for the track so really don't want an airbag going off at the wrong moment.
Any body got any suggestions as to what wheels out there would fit straight in without a special boss / adaptor.
Still need the horn to work to get through MOT - will this be possible?
How can I get the airbag light to go out after I take the airbag away? I have heard about resistors that can be fitted - anybody got any thoughts or tried these.
Anybody want to buy a used steering wheel in good condition with airbag etc?
Thanks for your help
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Post by MaxSparta » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:17 pm

I think all aftermarket Steering wheels need an adaptor to make them fit iirc. Literally the only way around it is to fit a similar era Ford one but then it would still have the airbag :/

iirc though the adaptors are straight forward enough to fit though
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Post by Snowcol » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:58 pm

Hi
Really helpful post - I am now away to rake through all my little sockets and see if I have a 5.5mm one!
What about the airbag light - I intend fitting a non airbag wheel and changing to a bucket seat. How do I get rid of the airbag light?
Can I get into the instrument cluster easily and remove the bulb? :?

Also - wiring the horn up - any thoughts? The Boss I bought has no wires. Still to buy a steering wheel so I guess if I get one with a centre horn push it will come with the wires?
Is it easy or am I missing something?

Thanks for all the help

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Post by Roda » Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:21 pm

I just have to say that maybe "I'm the lucky one", but... :evil: I went doing the same???!! thing; You would think the same, after unscrewing a bit extra linings and units not shown here, i took off the steering wheel to find an extra thing plate (distance) that goes between the metal part of the wheel and the plastic black thing that goes in between the wheel + plate and the column... the thin plate was screwed in with 3 bolts and once i wanted to put it on the new wheel - i saw there are no holes for the bolts!!!! :twisted: The process took me about 3 hrs with waiting after disconnecting the battery unit, and I just ended angry and putting everything back together as it was... done nothing, Now I have to find someone with the right tool to make me new "bores" to bolt the plate in with the existing bolts and do everything all over... I will put the picture showing the part, bolts and the difference between the original wheel and the one without holes and some steps that are definitely important and are not shown in pictures and explained here...
I may sound mad and I am, but I do see that there is no such plate on the wheel shown on the pictures before pulling it off if it was taken than and I didn't want to try to put it back without the thing in fear parts will get damaged, if nothing it does distance it for about 6-7mm and has oem Ford sign on it and was put that way in the factory!!!
Maybe, just maybe they took that part out in later versions but than they had to secure some thing the other way and I didn't want to risk it... Mine is 12/97 produced, so, I don't know..., I was mad, now I'm just disappointed and :-(

I'll put those extra pictures, parts and steps a.s.a.p. so someone else doesn't go over the same misery...
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Post by Roda » Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:34 pm

Can't figure out how to put pics directly on here, I've just managed to put everything int my album! so for now - who's interested can have a look...

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Post by red » Sat Dec 27, 2014 1:20 pm

Yep never seen that, I've seen the one of my old 99 T, my 00 FRP and a 01 replacement I picked up so it could be that it was on earlier ones. Worth watching out for I guess.
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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:32 am

Had a good look on TIS. The only difference there is that cars build prior to 1999. have to allow 30 minutes after disconnecting the battery for the system to discharge to avoid the risk of blowing the airbag, whereas the later cars need only one minute. Not a single word or image about this plate…
Although, on the later steering wheel you can see the cast still alllows for the tapping into to secure that plate….?
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How to remove the steering wheel

Post by TylerB » Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:48 pm

Wild E. Coyote wrote: Had a good look on TIS. The only difference there is that cars build prior to 1999. have to allow 30 minutes after disconnecting the battery for the system to discharge to avoid the risk of blowing the airbag, whereas the later cars need only one minute. Not a single word or image about this plate…
Although, on the later steering wheel you can see the cast still alllows for the tapping into to secure that plate….?
Does this mean that the airbag of a 2001 Fiesta/Puma like this link fit to my '97 Puma without the airbag light going on?
http://www.benl.ebay.be/itm/FORD-PUMA-1 ... SwFNZWwtJa
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