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Date Registered: 04-2008
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Remove / Change Steering Wheel


Hi there, I've acquired myself a Leather steering wheel to replace the horrible plastic one that comes standard with my model X-trail.

I'd like someone if possible to point me in the right direction of how to remove the current steering and how not to deploy the airbag in my face in the process.

Thanks in advance !!

Cheers

gjrober



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Hi mate,

I have dome the same thing and decided to leave it to the professionals, not because I was afraid of the airbag which can be easily disabled by pulling a fuse, but because the bolts holding the steering wheel in place are impossible to undo with hand tool and it needs an air gun.

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Hi Jalal,

Thanks for the fast response, my father-in-law is a farmer and he has loads of tools including an air compressor with the gun attachment.

I'm happy enough to give it a go but would like to know just how to do it step by step please.

Cheers
gjrober
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Here you go mate.

1. Disconnect the battery and wait for 3 minutes at least.
2. Pull the airbag fuse from driver's side fuse box (it is marked as AIRBAG)
3. Remove the plastic inserts from each side of the steering (depending on your model, one side might have the cruise control and the other side might have the radio/audio controls)
4. Unscrew the steering controls from their place.
5. You will now see a golden type bolt on each side of the steering wheel and these bolts are holding the airbag in place. Use the air-gun to unbolt these.
6. Disconnect the airbag module harness and also the horn harness.
7. Remove the airbag from its place....GENTLY with no sudden shocks emoticon
8. You will now see the big centre nut holding the steering wheel in place.
9. Remove this nut and pull the steering wheel and replace it with the leather one.
10. Follow the installation in reverse order.

Some pics to help you.

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Jalal,

A huge thanks!!!

I'll give it a go at the weekend when we go to the in-laws!

I'll give feedback on the results later...

cheers
gjrober
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Jalal,

Sorry just a thought, why do I have to disconnect the battery?

cheers
gjrober
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quote:

GJROBER wrote:

Jalal,

Sorry just a thought, why do I have to disconnect the battery?

cheers
gjrober



To cut power to the airbag and the entire SRS system (this is what the manual says) but personally I believe removing the fuse for the airbag will be enough. If you have the head-unit PIN with you, disconnecting the battery won't be a hassle either (just to be on the safe side). You don't want to see your in-law fly to the back of the exy when he gets a knock-out from the steering wheel LOL emoticon


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