Open the hood and disconnect the negative terminal of the battery. Losen the 10mm bolt on the terminals of the battery and pull them away from the battery.
Push the horn for a few seconds and wait for five minutes before continuing to the next step.
Locate the holes behind the steering wheel and put the Allen wrench or screwdriver in horizontally. To pop out the airbag, push the Allen wrench or screwdriver to the hole to detach the airbag from the steering wheel. Note that there are two holes on each side of the steering wheel. One of the wholes has a screw for the buttons. Do not remove the screws for the buttons.
Next, disconnect the clips connected to the back of the airbag. The plastic piece at the center of the connectors needs to be pulled out first, and then you can disconnect the wires from the airbag.
Remove the 17mm bolt that secures the steering column. Please have a friend hold the steering wheel to prevent it from turning as you loosen the 17mm nut.
Use a marker to mark the steering column and steering wheel before removal. This will allow you to reinstall the steering wheel in the exact same location.
Disconnect the electrical wires connected to the steering wheel and remove the steering wheel from the steering column.
Remove the screws below the plastic trim and pull it up to remove it from the steering column.
Unlock the clips above and below the clockspring using a flat screwdriver and disconnect the cables connected to it.To unlock the airbag cable, pull up the green tab and press the clip out of the clock spring. Then carry the clock spring out of the steering column.
Disconnect the clip connected to the combination switch.
Unlock connectors behind the combination switch and pull out the combination switch from the steering column. Use pliers to release the C clip behind the combination switch, as shown in the photo below.
Install the new combination switch to the steering wheel column. Please press on the clip behind the combination switch and line it up to the steering wheel column. Then push it into place and connect the electrical connectors.
Push the new clockspring into place and reconnect the cables connected to it. Then put the green tab back to lock the airbag clip-in.
Align the plastic trim and push them back together. Then reinstall the screw below it.
Position the cables onto the steering wheel and put the steering wheel back to the steering column. Make sure the marks you did previously match. If they don't, the steering wheel will be off-center when driving. Then reinstall the 17mm nut onto the steering wheel column.
Push the airbag back to the steering wheel to lock it back to the steering wheel.
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