Steering wheel replacement on a Saab 9-5. The worn out original wheel gets replaced with a perforated leather sport steering wheel from an Aero.

Use extra care while working with SRS components. Never drop the airbag. Store it in a safe place at room temperature, away from explosive or flammable materials. Always store it with the metal casing facing downwards to avoid injury if something triggers it by accident.

Tools:

  • 22 mm socket: steering wheel nut;
  • Torx T30 socket: airbag screws;
  • needle-nose pliers;
  • flat screwdriver.
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Old wheel

Set the wheels straight. Make sure the ignition is off before starting the work.
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Covers

Pop the caps on both sides on the steering wheel and undo the Torx screws holding the airbag.
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Airbag

Tilt the airbag forward and unplug the connector. Use extra care when working with SRS components.
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Connectors

Unplug the two remaining connectors, lift the airbag and store it in a safe place.
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Nut

Undo the 22 mm nut on the steering column and remove the rubber damper with the metal bracket. The wires are fed through the bracket, so take care while removing it.
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Unbolted

Hit the steering wheel with a palm of your hand from behind to knock it loose. Be careful not to damage the wires if the wheel suddenly comes off the column shaft.
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Column

To prevent any damage to the tilting/telescoping joint, make sure the adjuster is locked before knocking the steering wheel off.
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Old vs new

The replacement steering wheel comes from a 2000 Aero. It has perforated leather and nice grips at 10 and 2 o'clock.
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Fitted

Place the new wheel onto the shaft, feed the wires through the opening.
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Nut

Install the bracket (pass the wires through the hole again) and tighten the nut to 28 ft-lbs.
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Damper

Fit the damper, use the pliers to pull the soft rubber grips through their holes.
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Connectors

Re-connect the horn and stereo control harnesses and attach them to the velcro pad on the bottom of the housing. Plug the airbag connector in.
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Screws

Position the airbag so it matches the guiding holes and tighten the screws on the sides.
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New wheel

Insert the screw caps and take a proud look at your new sport steering wheel.

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