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Old January 28th, 2014, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you change airbag cover for steering wheel

hi i noticed my emblem in my steering wheel is fading. I am wondering what is the process to change the cover. I Purchased one on ebay without a airbag so i need to transfer airbag to this and place it back in steering wheel. Has anyone ever done this ?
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Old January 28th, 2014, 08:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The emblem is fading? Should have just painted it or dip it


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Old December 24th, 2014, 04:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sigh... Looks like ill have to post a DIY... In February ish when i tackle this. Getting face cover dipped. Also tried to take apart quickly to see. (disabled battery cuz airbags but still be proceed with caution) there are 2 side torx screws holding it in. The upper/lower column covers have to come off. Theres a flippy tab that pops out underneath the steering wheel. Have yet to see wtf this is for. Quickly checking it out, i concluded this is some chinese puzzle ancient shit. When i tackle it ill post pics with tools needed. If you do it before me pls post pics! There is no info in forums...

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These 2 holes. Torx 8 or 6. I grabbed random ones until it fit. Make sure if u have torx. Bits at 2" length or 3" itll be easier. Sometimes they get put in on angles so if u have a shorty the the tip of ratchet socket hits steering wheel backing and you cant get it in good.

As for the flippy flap its an access port to a screw or something. Was too dark to see. Will take pics later when i do and go from there.

I got the face plate loose but it still was attached to the backing of the steering wheel. Im sure there are 4-6 screws holding it down if its anything like a Honda civic wheel... Altho that one i disassemble had no air bag. So easy. I just dont want to trash it to try and remove it...
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Pics were too large in size. Re-uploaded.
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Okay, so apparently somewhere there are 4 outer bolts, 2 found, leaving 2 hidden. Then inside i believe there are a few more holding it together /completing the horn circuit.
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Posting pictures tomorrow. Sry for the delay, stuff came up and my project got derailed. Anyhow,

DISCLAIMER:

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHAT YOU ARE DOING DONT MESS AROUND WITH AIRBAGS. IF IT IS ILLEGAL IN YOUR STATE/PROVINCE TO REMOVE SAID AIRBAG YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK! WHEN WORKING WITH AIRBAGS WORK OFF TO THE SIDE INCASE IT HAPPENS TO DETONATE YOUR FACE DOESN'T GO FLYING OFF.
MAKE SURE YOU RESET YOUR CARS COMPUTER PROPERLY AFTER REATTACHING THE NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE. (i believe it's turn key to ACC NOT ON and wait 30 sec then to OFF... Wait 20 sec, then to ACC for 30sec then ON and wait /let car idle for 2min, you will hear clicking. Thats the computer relearning everything. You will need to drive normally for about 20min or 2 full cycles. NO hard stops, NO hard acceleration! Drive like an old person. I generally take it for a spin for about 20-30km afterwards and its good to go. Theres a good post on how to do it. One of the Main 4g senior members posted it up.)


Steering wheel removal can be done under 5 min, but take your time to do it right.

I temporarily removed mine to paint the face cover and then reinstalled it before driving again.


FIRST, disconnect negative battery terminal and put it off to the side, NOT touching the body/other metals. Beside the battery is fine as you should have a battery cover/warmer.

Second, wait 15 to 20 min after disconnecting terminal before tacking SRS system. Pumping the brakes to remove any residual current works as well.

Third, remove the 2 upper/lower covers in between the steering wheel and dash cluster unit. Pushing on the sides together should make them pop from the plastic tabs. One side should pop and then remove. If that doesn't work then with a small flat head screw driver carefully work it in between the 2 covers and twist once the flathead is inserted partially, and then the 2 sides shoukd split.

Fourth, under the steering wheel is a rectangular tab/plastic cover. Get a flathead and slip it into the slot and push the tab towards the front of the car /to the floor matts, it should pop out. (originally i was afraid of breaking it as i thought it was attached but it just clips in, pops out, pops back into place)

Fifth, you will see a YELLOW electrical plug AND a GREEN plug. There is also a small rectangular black plug. First pull the GREEN tab down towards the floor amd then it should come undone, then unplug the yellow electrical plug from its plug-in. If i remember correctly it wont fully come undone, not yet. The black rectangular plug was on tight, i used the flat head and pried it away from the wheel (to the front of car/dashboard)

Sixth, there are 2 torx head screws holding in the steering cover face plate onto the wheel. They are located roughly where your steering wheel buttons for radio, skip track and volume buttons are (behind steering wheel but closer the the center.) once the holes are located use a size 12 torx and unscrew those 2 screws. 12-15 turns is plenty per screw and then they should both be loosened. The face plate/air bag cover will come right off.

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Therr is one more yellow plug to unplug. This one seemed spring loaded, so just hold the upper one in place and squeeze the bottom one Down & unplug.


Now you should have JUST the steering faceplate cover/airbag in your hand. DONT be an idiot and drop it or mess around with it. It will not come apart as its 1 unit! You will detonate it and it will take your head off.



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You need to go to the dealer to reset your system and I doubt they'll do that knowing you did it yourself.
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Here's the pic and screenshot of how to reset system. For full details search "Reset ECU" should be first result.




You dont need to go to a dealership. Just follow the ECU reset procedure or else your car will run like Sh!t.
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Reset ECU instructions found here:

ECU reset

And here:

long ECU reset procedure



First link goes in full detail. Second link is the quick abbreviated version.
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Oh if you are painting it, you should use an activator agent, and then apply color. After it cured, I added a clear coat plastidip over the top of it for extra protection. I used 1/2 a can to get a really good thick coat.

Also taping off the bottom parts in a cocoon style to prevent paint getting on your airbag/metal horn contacts is recommended.
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