Set the wheels straight.
Make sure the ignition is off before starting the work.
Pop the caps on both sides on the steering wheel and undo the Torx screws
holding the airbag.
Tilt the airbag forward and unplug the connector. Use extra care when
working with SRS components.
Unplug the two remaining connectors, lift the airbag and store it in
a safe place.
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.
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.
To prevent any damage to the tilting/telescoping joint, make sure the
adjuster is locked before knocking the steering wheel off.
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.
Place the new wheel onto the shaft, feed the wires through the opening.
Install the bracket (pass the wires through the hole again) and
tighten the nut to 28 ft-lbs.
Fit the damper, use the pliers to pull the soft rubber grips through their
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.
Position the airbag so it matches the guiding holes and tighten the
screws on the sides.
Insert the screw caps and take a proud look at your new sport steering wheel.