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Complete steering wheel replacement guide

I have now successfully replaced my steering wheel, and thought i'd do a guide on how to do it as information regarding this task seems to be hard to come by. This is how i did it, but please follow safe working practices when attempting this as the airbag must be handled with care. Here goes...

1) Right, put the key in the ignition slot and ensure the steering lock is not active. Leave the key in. It also helps to move the drivers seat all the way back at this point.

2) Remove the battery negative and leave for at least 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, remove the battery positive. (not strictly required, but i'd rather there be no battery in place when disconnecting airbags) Place something non-conductive over the battery terminals to ensure there is no chance of power being re-instated accidentally, i used a thick dry towel.

3)Remove the steering column lower plastic surround, buy removing the 4 allen key bolts on its underside. Unclip it and remove, and move it to a place it wont get damaged.
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4) Now you need to release the air bag module. The module is the center of the steering wheel that you press to use the horn. You will need a normal length, flat bladed screw driver for this. Get one with about a 6mm head, but no smaller than 5mm. Turn the steering wheel 45 degrees off center, and insert the screwdriver into the back of the steering wheel.
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There is 1 hole on each side of the steering wheel, and you are working on the bottom one at the moment. The airbag module has clips that flare out, and by turning the flat blade 45 degrees, you push this clip off its seating and the airbag pops off that side (you may need to jiggle the module a little bit to get it to release).
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Once that side is released, turn the steering wheel 180 degrees so you can access the other hole in the same way, and do the same this side. The whole module can now be withdrawn.
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5) Now remove the 2 plugs on the airbag module, easiest using long nose pliers to squeeze the clips. Place the airbag somewhere safe & out of the way.

6)Now you can access the wheel securing nut under its plastic cap, which can be removed with a 24mm socket. Remove this, and then unclip the steering wheel electrical connector.
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7) Make a note of the steering wheel orientation, to ensure you put it back on the same way. Best to take a photo of if possible, but there are markings on the wheel and spline to aid you already. Also, the spline has flats on it to further ensure it gets lined up right when fitting so easy really. Remove the wheel by gently pulling it off the spline, and guide the 2 cables through the hole in the steering wheel.
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8) Fitting is needless to say the reverse of this, but when installing ensure the main nut is tight, the steering wheel control plugs are pushed all the way on (the left hand control white plug does not have a retaining lug so comes off when pulled), there is nothing going to cause annoying rattles etc. Then plug the airbag module in and push it back in until it clicks home. Clean up, re-instate the battery and your done.
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/t...ps302ca1a8.jpg

This took me about 1.5 - 2 hours, but that included swapping over the wheel fascia's and not having a guide to show me how to release the air bag. A fairly easy job for any keen DIY'er

Hope this is useful to anyone looking to remove there wheel to replace it or change the fascia.

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Good skills and nice guide. There realy should be a section some where for all these guides.
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Very useful. Thanks. Will come in handy as I've got another steering wheel and trim I'm going to replace mine with. In better nick basically!
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Shameless plug A great upgrade from the standard wheel and easy to fit as seen above
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=200880326605
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Shameless plug A great upgrade from the standard wheel and easy to fit as seen above
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=200880326605
Shame it only ships within the UK
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I am prepared to ship abroad if the full price is met

*Edit* If full price is met i will ship abroad at no extra shipping cost

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excellent guide. my facia was damaged before I owned the car, so this will come in handy when I get round to replacing it. Thanks!

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Alfa.romeo... why did you replace your old one? Colour match with rest of dash? I have a dull plastic dash on the Turismo model so looking to replace the whole thing. Any ideas where I can get a dash? Where did you get you replacement steering wheel from if I may ask?
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I replaced my wheel as i was installing paddle shift on the steering wheel so bought a new Ti wheel with the paddles already fitted, and it came from Germany. As for getting a new dash, if you mean the metal parts i'd just keep an eye out on ebay for a second hand one as interior parts appear to be quite pricy new
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Agreed.

as mentioned, my steering wheel fascia was damaged when I bought the car. I priced a new one from the dealer, 116 including VAT.

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*Edit* If full price is met i will ship abroad at no extra shipping cost
Just got back from a business trip (didn't have internet abroad), have you sold the item? It says ended on ebay
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Sorry Ricoz, sold today
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I have now changed my steering wheel myself tonight. I have one comment to the guide: I found it very difficult to remove the airbag. I think I used 30 minutes with no luck. Then I got an idea. I took the new steering wheel and "practiced" with it. I could then see how far to put the screwdriver in. Actually a bit longer than expected. I then went to the mounted steering wheel and pushed the screwdriver as far as necessarily. At this point it was difficult to turn the screwdriver 90 degrees so I used a wrench to turn the screwdriver. And the airbag came right off.

During the installation of the new steering wheel I made a small mistake and had to take the airbag off again and it took 10 seconds with this "new" technique.
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That is what i did. But i didnt write it that way as the next person may not be putting a new wheel on, maybe just needed the wheel off to work on something. I photo below is in the guide which shows you what the screwdriver is doing when releasing the module, but thanks for adding that as it worked for me too so if someone does have a new wheel to compare with it is easier.

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Can anyone advice how to leave the steering wheel unlocked. Mine locks itself once I shut the engine off even with the key inserted. Battery disconecting does not unlock it.

I am a bit scared to disconnect the battery on running engine.
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Put the key in, then disconnect the battery ?

Then use the metal key to remove the main key.
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Put the key in, then disconnect the battery ?

Then use the metal key to remove the main key.
Putting the key in without engine start does not disengage the lock.
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Put the key in, press the button without starting the car, disconnect the battery.
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Hope this is useful to anyone looking to remove there wheel to replace it or change the fascia.
Did your original wheel have paddle shifters?
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Did your original wheel have paddle shifters?
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I replaced my wheel as i was installing paddle shift on the steering wheel so bought a new Ti wheel with the paddles already fitted
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Did your original wheel have paddle shifters?

No, the car didn't have paddles but it was something I really wanted. Still works great
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I'm trying to figure out what parts I need to do the same conversion. Would you be able to tell me the part number of the new wheel you ordered and your old shiftgate? I gather from the other thread that you used the new shift gate part number 55344202.

I just want to check if this is compatible with my car as it's an old 2007 model.
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You should be able to find all you need in my conversion guide, if not, ask away I don't see why a 2007 model would be any different, as long as you have the steering wheel controls. Not a bad job to do really

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great write-up on steering wheel removal. I need to replace my stalk unit so the wheel has to come off!! A job for Sunday me thinks
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