An easy to follow guide on how to replace a steering wheel yourself.
Estimated time: approx 30-60 mins Difficulty: Easy/Medium
The first thing you should always do when fitting anything connected to any electrical equipment is to disconnect the battery. This is done by first removing the negative and then the positive. It is done in this order to prevent any sparks which could potentially damage the electrical equipment in your vehicle. As most modern steering wheels have an airbag and horn attached to the central piece of the steering wheel, it is essential to disconnect the battery.
To remove the centre piece there will either be two bolts, one at each side, behind the steering wheel on the steering column or you will need to press the centre piece down and twist to free this from the main steering wheel.
Once you have removed the centre piece, you will need to disconnect the wires to the horn and airbag in order to totally free it from the steering wheel.
Before removing the steering wheel you should make sure the wheels are straight and somehow mark the position of the steering wheel before removing. You must do this so that you can put the new steering wheel back on in the exact position it was taken off.
To get the old wheel off you must remove the central nut. The socket head will most likely be a 16” and could be pretty tightly fitted. Once you have removed the bolt you can remove the wheel.
Replacing the new steering wheel
Now fit the new steering wheel in the same position you took the old one off, attach the central bolt, ensuring it is fitted tightly. Take the central piece and re-connect the wires to the horn and airbag. Put the two bolts back into the holes on either side of the steering rack behind the wheel.
Now your steering wheel should be fitted ok. Put the connections back on the battery, positive first then negative. You can now take the vehicle for a test drive.