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How do you properly remove a 2003 chevy cavalier steering wheel

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How do you properly remove a 2003 chevy cavalier steering wheel with airbag to get at the mulitfunction signal switch?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 6 years ago.

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Zone 3

 


 

  1. Turn the steering wheel so that the vehicle's wheels are pointing straight ahead.
  2. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
  3. Remove the key from the ignition switch.
  4. Remove the LH IP outer trim cover.
  5. Remove the AIR BAG Fuse from the LH IP wiring harness junction block. IMPORTANT: With the AIR BAG Fuse removed and the ignition switch in the RUN position, the AIR BAG warning lamp illuminates. This is a normal operation and does not indicate an SIR system malfunction.

 


 

  1. Remove the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) from the inflatable restraint steering wheel module coil connector, located under the instrument panel, left of the steering column.

 

Driver Shorting Bar

 

  1. Disconnect the inflatable restraint steering wheel module coil connector.
Steering Wheel Replacement

STEERING WHEEL REPLACEMENT

TOOLS REQUIRED

  • J 1859-A Steering Wheel Puller
  • J 42578 Steering Wheel Puller Legs

REMOVAL PROCEDURE

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  1. Disable the supplemental inflatable restraint (SIR) system. Refer to SIR Disabling and Enabling Zone 3 in Restraint Systems.
C:
  1. Remove the steering wheel inflatable restraint module.

 



 

  1. Remove the steering wheel nut (1).

 



 

  1. Remove the steering wheel using J 1859-A and J 42578.

 



 

  1. Remove the steering wheel (2) from the steering column(3).

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE



 

  1. Install the steering wheel (2) to the column (3).
  2. Install the steering wheel nut (1).
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Tighten
Tighten the nut to 41 N.m (30 lb ft).

  1. Install the inflatable restraint steering wheel module.
  2. Enable the SIR system. Refer to SIR Disabling and Enabling Zone 3 in Restraint Systems.
  3. Connect the negative battery cable.

 

Multifunction Switch Replacement

MULTIFUNCTION, TURN SIGNAL SWITCH REPLACEMENT

REMOVAL PROCEDURE

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  1. Remove the steering column trim covers.

 



 

  1. Remove the retaining screws from the multifunction switch (2).
  2. Remove the multifunction switch (2) from the steering column.
  3. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the multifunction switch (2).

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE

  1. Connect the electrical connectors to the multifunction switch (2).

 



 

  1. Install the multifunction switch (2) to the steering column while depressing the spring loaded horn pin.
  2. Install the retaining screws to the multifunction switch (2).

Tighten
Tighten the screws to 4 N.m (36 lb in).

  1. Install the steering column trim covers.
  2. Connect the negative battery cable.
  3. Ensure that the multifunction switch functions properly.

arming sir system

Zone 3

 

Driver Shorting Bar

 

  1. Remove the key from the ignition switch.
  2. Connect the inflatable restraint steering wheel module coil connector.

 


 

  1. Install the CPA to the inflatable restraint steering wheel module coil connector, located under the instrument panel, left of the steering column.

 


 

  1. Install the AIR BAG Fuse to the LH IP wiring harness junction block.
  2. Install the LH IP outer trim cover.
  3. Staying well away from both air bags, turn ON the ignition.
6.1.The AIR BAG indicator will flash 7 times.
6.2.The AIR BAG indicator will then turn OFF.
  1. Perform Diagnostic System Check - Restraint Systems if the AIR BAG indicator does not operate as described.