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Steering wheel swap DIY?

So..... my WK Limited has a very worn steering wheel, and I found a replacement cheap. How hard is the swap? Any DIY out there?
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:06 PM
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Re: Steering wheel swap DIY?

Its very easy Tony. I believe your newer WK has the clips style airbag....unlike my 06 has the screw style. There are two screws or two clips on the back of the wheels at the 9 and 3 o clock positions. I would def. make sure all the electricity is out of the vehicle by removing the negative termnial from the battery and stepping on the brake pedal for 15 seconds. Once you get the airbag off and unplugged I recommend a steering wheel puller to make sure you dont screw up the threads. the wheel is held on with one big nut. Then screw the puller on and it pulls the wheels straight out. you can get wheels pullers for like $10.
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Re: Steering wheel swap DIY?

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Its very easy Tony. I believe your newer WK has the clips style airbag....unlike my 06 has the screw style. There are two screws or two clips on the back of the wheels at the 9 and 3 o clock positions. I would def. make sure all the electricity is out of the vehicle by removing the negative termnial from the battery and stepping on the brake pedal for 15 seconds. Once you get the airbag off and unplugged I recommend a steering wheel puller to make sure you dont screw up the threads. the wheel is held on with one big nut. Then screw the puller on and it pulls the wheels straight out. you can get wheels pullers for like $10.

Scott, your the effin man!!!

What about the steering wheel controls and all cruise stuff... the wheel I found is brand new, gutted.....?
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Re: Steering wheel swap DIY?

is that wheel from the same MY as your current wheel tony?

if not, the differences may cause some grief........like scott said, they changed fasteners. i think they early ones have a diff part number for the airbag itself too.
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is that wheel from the same MY as your current wheel tony?

if not, the differences may cause some grief........like scott said, they changed fasteners. i think they early ones have a diff part number for the airbag itself too.

Sure is Robb, one of the first things I checked, it was ordered for an 07 Limited, so it is or should be an exact fit for me..... its completely gutted so I need to swap the entire ball of wax over.... Wondering if this is something I should do, or take it to the dealer and let them rape me for it.
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Re: Steering wheel swap DIY?

it all switches over vey easy Tony. Just screws hold the cruise controls and thing in. Just swap them over
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Re: Steering wheel swap DIY?

It's easy to do but you will have to take it to the dealer to have the steering sensor aligned with the position of the new steering wheel as it is a part of the ESP/Stability system. Or mark and count the teeth to set it perfectly.

Basically it tells the CAN BUS what direction you want to go (your steering wheel input) and it compares that to what direction all of the other sensors in the Jeep say it is going.
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Re: Steering wheel swap DIY?

mine was marked from the factory with a grease pencil and I just put it back the same. Never had a single problem
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Re: Steering wheel swap DIY?

REMOVAL





1. Disable and remove the drivers side airbag (1). (Refer to 8 - ELECTRICAL/RESTRAINTS/DRIVER AIRBAG - REMOVAL).
2. Disconnect all the electrical connectors (2,6&7).
3. Partially remove the steering wheel bolt and leave the bolt in the column.
4. Install puller (2) or equivalent using the top of the bolt to push on.
NOTE: Ensure the bolts are threaded firmly into the steering wheel.
5. Remove the steering wheel.

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WARNING: To avoid serious or fatal injury on vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the supplemental restraint system before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, seat belt tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait two minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the supplemental restraint system. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment.

WARNING: To avoid serious or fatal injury when removing a deployed airbag, rubber gloves, eye protection, and a long-sleeved shirt should be worn. There may be deposits on the airbag cushion and other interior surfaces. In large doses, these deposits may cause irritation to the skin and eyes.

NOTE: The following procedure is for replacement of an ineffective or damaged driver airbag. If the airbag is ineffective or damaged, but not deployed, review the recommended procedures for handling non-deployed supplemental restraints. (Refer to 8 - ELECTRICAL/RESTRAINTS - STANDARD PROCEDURE - HANDLING NON-DEPLOYED SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINTS). If the driver airbag has been deployed, review the recommended procedures for service after a supplemental restraint deployment before removing the airbag from the vehicle. (Refer to 8 - ELECTRICAL/RESTRAINTS - STANDARD PROCEDURE - SERVICE AFTER A SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT DEPLOYMENT).






1. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable. Wait two minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before further service.
NOTE: It will be necessary to rotate the steering wheel to orient each of the two spokes to which the airbag is secured alternately toward the bottom of the steering column in order to access the fasteners.


2. From the underside of the steering wheel, remove the two screws (4) that secure the driver airbag (1) to the steering wheel armature (3).
CAUTION: Do not pull on the horn switch pigtail wires to disengage the connector from the driver airbag housing or to disconnect the horn switch to driver airbag jumper harness connection. Improper pulling on this pigtail wire or connection can result in damage to the horn switch membrane or the feed and ground circuits.


3. Pull the driver airbag away from the steering wheel far enough to access the electrical connections at the back of the airbag housing.
4. Disconnect the driver airbag jumper harness connector (2) for the horn switch, the cruise control switches and the remote radio switches on the back of the driver airbag trim cover from the receptacles on the upper clockspring rotor.
CAUTION: Do not pull on the clockspring pigtail wires or pry on the connector insulator to disengage the connector from the driver airbag inflator connector receptacle. Improper removal of these pigtail wires and their connector insulators can result in damage to the airbag circuits or the connector insulators.


5. The clockspring driver airbag pigtail wire connectors are secured by an integral lock to the airbag inflator connector receptacles (5), which are located on the back of the driver airbag housing. Firmly grasp and pull the lock straight out from the connector insulator, then pull the insulators straight out from the airbag inflator to disconnect them from the connector receptacles.
6. Remove the driver airbag from the steering wheel.
7. If the driver airbag has been deployed, the Steering Control Module (SCM)/clockspring must be replaced. (Refer to 8 - ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULES/STEERING CONTROL MODULE - REMOVAL).

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Re: Steering wheel swap DIY?

INSTALLATION





1. Install steering wheel (5) to the column
NOTE: Do not reuse the old steering wheel bolt (3) (a new bolt must be used)

NOTE: Be certain that the steering wheel mounting bolt is tightened to the proper torque specification to ensure proper clockspring operation.


2. Install the new steering wheel bolt (3). Tighten the bolt to 61 Nm (45 ft. lbs.).
3. Reconnect all the electrical connectors (2,6&7).
4. Install the drivers side air bag (1). (Refer to 8 - ELECTRICAL/RESTRAINTS/DRIVER AIRBAG - INSTALLATION).

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1. Position the driver airbag (1) close enough to the steering wheel to reconnect the electrical connections on the back of the airbag housing.
2. When installing the driver airbag, reconnect the two clockspring driver airbag pigtail wire connectors to the airbag inflator connector receptacles (5) by pressing straight in on the connectors, then pushing the locks straight into the connectors. Be certain to engage each keyed and color-coded connector to the matching connector receptacle. You can be certain that the connector is fully engaged by listening carefully for a distinct, audible click as the connector latches snap into place.
3. Reconnect the driver airbag jumper harness connector (2) for the horn switch, the cruise control switches and the remote radio switches on the back of the driver airbag trim cover to the upper clockspring rotor receptacles.
4. Carefully position the driver airbag in the steering wheel (3). Be certain that the clockspring pigtail wires and the driver airbag jumper harness are not pinched between the driver airbag and the steering wheel armature.
NOTE: It will be necessary to rotate the steering wheel to orient each of the two spokes to which the airbag is secured alternately toward the bottom of the steering column in order to access the fasteners.


5. From the underside of the steering wheel, install and tighten the two screws (4) that secure the driver airbag to the steering wheel armature. Tighten the screws to 10 Nm (90 in. lbs.).
6. Do not reconnect the battery negative cable at this time. The supplemental restraint system verification test procedure should be performed following service of any supplemental restraint system component. (Refer to 8 - ELECTRICAL/RESTRAINTS - STANDARD PROCEDURE - VERIFICATION TEST).
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Re: Steering wheel swap DIY?

Bringing this thread back from the dead. I just got a used woodgrain wheel from an Overland to replace my shredded leather/vinyl wheel in my WK. The wheel I got doesn't seem to be marked with a grease pencil...

Can i just line up the grooves and call it a day or am I screwed and have to take it to the dealer for the correct line up? It seems like there's one big groove and the rest are smaller on the part of the wheel that connects to the column...
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Re: Steering wheel swap DIY?

Just line it up and you should be good to go.... I installed this wheel that is currently for sale on eBay and when I received it, it did not have the marking either... I had a tech install it at my work and had it for 6 months without any issue.
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