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#1604058 - 11/04/08 06:26 PM How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel?
Vegas Offline
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Registered: 10/18/08
Posts: 32
Loc: Las Vegas
Okay, I won't have time to tackle this until this weekend anyway, but since the new wheel is in...

I have a 2001 P71 with a scummy looking wheel (and the foam is exposed on the top from sweaty hands), and I'd like a clue before I set off the airbag or something. Thinks I know: 1 Disconnect the negative power cable. Okay, that's it. I am speculating that I will have to pry the little caps off the back of the wheel and there will be screws to undo that will allow the airbag to come off. Disconnect whatever wires are back there. Set the airbag someplace safe. Then unbolt the steering wheel? Will I need a puller or something?

Anyone want to help out by giving advice or posting pics? Otherwise, I'll take pics this weekend and turn it into a how to (or not to as the case may be).

Thanks,

Robert
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#1604095 - 11/04/08 06:58 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: Vegas]
Steve83 Offline
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Standard practise is to disconnect the battery, but it's actually NOT necessary. Modern (that means ~'93-up) airbags are totally safe. Other than crashing the car, it's difficult to set them off when you want to.

With the key OFF and out of the column, remove the screws holding the airbag on the wheel, lift it away, unplug its connector, & set it FACE-UP on the ground under the car.

Back off the bolt 3 full turns after it clears the wheel hub, then hook your knees under the rim, push against the floor with your toes, pull the top of the wheel HARD to you, and SMACK the bolt head squarely with a BP hammer. After a couple of hits, it'll pop back against the bolt. Remove the bolt & wheel, drop the new one on (it should only fit 1 way), torque the bolt down, & reinstall the airbag.

Finished! \:D
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#1604098 - 11/04/08 07:02 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: Steve83]
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If you dont have cruise control, maybe now is the time to add it. Of course with your 01, a few more parts are required but its worth it.
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#1604261 - 11/04/08 09:23 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: GhostRider]
Vegas Offline
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Registered: 10/18/08
Posts: 32
Loc: Las Vegas
Cool, thanks for the replies.

The wheel I bought is a non cruise control wheel, so that's out. Never used cruise control, even when I had cars/trucks with it. So far, the only thing I can think of that I want/need to add is a dead pedal. Minor gripe, as I've been without a car for a year (motorcycle was/is my main means of transportation). okay, the radio/antenna thing bothers me too (reception sucks, it fades in and out and no CD/MP3).

Thanks again,

Robert
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#1604497 - 11/05/08 12:13 AM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: Vegas]
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This is kinda long, but it's hilarious & RELEVANT. ;\)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOWZGLue_B8
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#1604636 - 11/05/08 07:31 AM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: Steve83]
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 Originally Posted By: Steve83
This is kinda long, but it's hilarious & RELEVANT. ;\)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOWZGLue_B8


Ouch. My guess is that was a first generation airbag.
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#1604681 - 11/05/08 08:35 AM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: Vegas]
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Yeah, and I've actually seen one pop UP-CLOSE when I frontended my '99. It's only dangerous when you try to contain it. When it deploys normally, it's safer than eating the steering wheel, or opening the windshield.
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#1608734 - 11/09/08 06:46 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: Steve83]
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It Dave, from Daves farm, one of my friends on Youtube, its kinda scary to think I had one of those first gen airbags in my 1991 Grand Marquis. WOW
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#1608768 - 11/09/08 07:04 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: Carter]
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Registered: 05/31/08
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Loc: FL
I swapped in cruise control on mine in less than 10 minutes. Remove the airbag, take the bolt out, and smack it a few times to get it off the spline.

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#1908685 - 11/12/09 02:28 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: k9medic]
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Ok, I'm bringing this thread back from the dead because I need to be clear on one thing before I destroy my steering wheel. You're implying that I should just have to not remove the torx bolt all the way, and give it (the head of the bolt) a few good *whaps* with a dead blow and the wheel should pop off?


Edited by vonirkinshtine (11/12/09 02:29 PM)
Edit Reason: spelling FTL
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#1908723 - 11/12/09 03:27 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: vonirkinshtine]
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I used a gear puller.
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#1908727 - 11/12/09 03:31 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: BlackVic_P71]
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But I have one question for Ford

Why the hell did they change the airbag mounting in '05!
I took a Marauder wheel off the column and it's simple, 2 screws holding in the airbag, on the '05 it's these springs that you have to push in through some hold on the back of the wheel so you can't actually see what you're pushing on. Personally I had a hell of a time getting the airbag off my wheel.
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#1908794 - 11/12/09 04:20 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: BlackVic_P71]
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Loc: Chattanooga, TN
I'm gonna post a new thread if I don't hear from anyone in here on this, but here goes:

I have an 03 CVPI with cruise, and I want a fatter steering wheel. Is there anything, either from Ford or aftermarket, that will fit the car and still give me cruise? Or at least the ability to plug into my cruise system?

I'm hoping for something thicker from like a Mustang or whatever.\

Thoughts?
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#1908818 - 11/12/09 04:33 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: vonirkinshtine]
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I use a gear puller with a 0 - 6 inch spread. I wasn't confident that I could shake the wheel lose by just loosening the head bolt and trying to work the wheel off. I’d seen a few posts were people said they couldn’t get the wheel off without a gear puller.


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#2566743 - 07/26/12 05:45 PM Re: How to Remove/Replace the Steering Wheel? [Re: vonirkinshtine]
Derek19CrownVic Offline
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Didnt want to start a new thread for this..

I need to know what size the Torx screw is in the center of the wheel?

Also, On a 1995 / 1997, would i need a steering wheel puller or can I just do it without one?

Originally Posted By: vonirkinshtine
You're implying that I should just have to not remove the torx bolt all the way, and give it (the head of the bolt) a few good *whaps* with a dead blow and the wheel should pop off?


Does this actually work or no ?
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