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Steering Wheel Removal

Nissan Armada/Titan/QX56 Steering Wheel Removal:


Tools Needed for Steering Wheel Removal:
1. Small Flat Head Screwdriver (One from a glasses repair kit is best but any small one will do)
2. A Rachet with an medium size exstension and one 10mm socket.
3. A 19mm socket
4. Lock tight

********Caution: I am not a liscensed Nissan mechanic so do this at your own risk.*********

First make Sure the Wheels are straight. Before you do any thing you need to disconnect both of the wires from the battery terminals and wait 10-15 minutes to let the excess SRS reserve to go away. Not at anytime should you try to start the truck or turn it on while the steering wheel is off. Once this is done you may procede:


First Step: Start by taking off the plastic clips on either side of the Steering wheel. With the small flat head screwdriver. Then take the Ratchet with the extension and the 10mm socket and remove the two bolts on either side. Picture below.





Once that is done the Air Bag Module will become looser but you have to hold on to it still because there are three wires still attached to it.

Next Step is to take off this wire. All you need to do is depress the clip seen on the connector and then pull it off. Picture Below.




Once that is removed it will look like the next picture:



Next you will take the small screwdriver and place it on the little notch at the bottom of the black clip. Then you will carefully pry the black clips away from the Module. They only come out about 1 -2 mm be careful not to break them.

This is a picture of the step above completed on the orange one:



Once you have backed out the black clip the orange/yellow connector will slide right out. The module will now be free from the steering wheel.

Once the Air Bag Module is removed lay it base down in case of accidental discharge. If you lay it on the other side it could become a projectile.

Once the Air Bag is gone it will look like this:

Then you remove the gray connector by depressing the little clip on the left side. I would again use the small screwdriver.Then you take the center nut off with the ratchet with the extension and the 19mm socket. When turning the nut make sure the steering wheel stays straight so when you take it off it will still be straight.




After the nut is off wiggle the steering wheel back and forth and it should come off with ease. I forgot to take a picture of the steering wheel completely off put it is a white disc with the grey connector attached. Make sure the disc does not move. If it moved that could yet again throw off the steering alignment. Then you put the steering wheel back on in reverse. But remember to put lock tight on all of the bolts that were removed. Also remember that the black clips in the back of the steering wheel need to be clipped back in or you will have the flashing Air Bag light of Doom. When Putting back on do this procedure in reverse.

 Make sure the nuts are tight and have lock tight on them.
 Make sure all of the connectors are pressed in all of the way.
 Make sure to push the black clips all the way back in to the Air Bag module the Yellow and Orange connectors.

Much thanks to cpaul for telling me how to do this in an earlier thread.


I hope this helps and enjoy your new steering Wheel!
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Ran out of pictures on the last post. This is a picture of the final product on mine...........


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Awesome write-up James!!!!



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This is a write-up I posted over on TT for someone that had their airbag light flashing after they did some work there and let the spiral cable off center during the installation of a body lift. They broke the spiral cable for the airbag which is where the yellow and orange wires that go to the airbag. This might come in handy for you if you have any questions about whether the spiral cable moved or not. Also torque on the steering wheel bolt is about 25 ftlb.







If you disconnected the steering shaft and did not lock the steering wheel in the center before disconnecting it, and making sure it didn't turn, you most probably broke the spiral cable for the airbag. It houses all the connections for the steering wheel that you mentioned. I have probably replaced a hundred because the spiral cable was not centered after steering component disassembly. Once broken it can not be fixed just replaced. To center it when installing a new one or when there is a question about whether it is centered or not: With the wheels in a straight ahead position, remove negative battery cable, remove driver airbag, disconnect plugs for airbag and switches, remove steering wheel. You see a round black thing with a connector for the switches and two wires for the airbag. The black round thing is the spiral cable, at the top of this is a grey knob, with your finger, lightly, very carefully, wind it clockwise untill it stops, do not use much pressure or you can break it. The knob should be anywhere from the 2 to 6 o'clock position, then you bring the knob back counterclockwise to the 12 o'clock position. This is your starting point. Make TWO(2) complete revolutions counterclockwise making sure the knob stops in the 12 o'clock position. the spiral cable is now centered

If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!!
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Thanks for the addition information!


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No problem. Good looking steering wheel!!

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Thank you!


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