Steering wheel swap in progress! by Dave (Page 1 of 2)


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Dave
OK, I've got to the point where I'm actually doing it!

Took years to convince myself (and Gill!) that I needed a wooden wheel, then quite a while to find one at the right price (thanks JDC! :thumbsup: )

Then it took an age to get some Torx drivers, but now I'm on the case (OK, took a mini-age to find a socket this morning too, but that's another story!)

So.....

Battery has been disconnected for over 30 mins. First step is torxing off the airbag and disconnecting, Next step is undoing the 16mm bolt (and hoping it comes off easily!)

Three things spring to mind:-

1) Is there a recommended torque setting for when the 16mm bolt goes back in?
2) Is it OK to drive with airbag off for a short time to check steering wheel is on straight?
3) If item 2) is acceptable, I guess it's best to plug the 'bag back in with battery disconnected?

Thanks for any forthcoming advice!

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 12:01 #1 


mel dawson
Hi Dave,
Put a felt tip pen mark on s/wheel & shaft before you remove it , That way you wont need to drive without air bag.

Cheers Mel :fosg: :fosg: :fosg:

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 12:09 #2 

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Dave
That sounds like a plan!

(note that I am still in front of the PC and still prevaricating!!)

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 12:29 #3 

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DeuxGazoles
Dave wrote:(note that I am still in front of the PC and still prevaricating!!)

Too much information.........we dont need to know what you're doing in front of your PC :mrgreen:
Geordie Jeans! they're nice & tight especially roond the arse

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 12:34 #4 

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James.uk
geron wiv it Dave, it's easy peasy. Just have a look at the way the tiny release clip works on the centre conector to the air bag, it really is very small and easy to overlook. Other than that it's simples... :)

There should be a location mark already on the splined shaft. Line that up with the one on the wheel.. :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 Jun 2010, 12:38 #5 

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Dave
James.uk wrote:geron wiv it Dave, it's easy peasy. Just have a look at the way the tiny release clip works on the centre conector to the air bag, it really is very small and easy to overlook. Other than that it's simples... :)

There should be a location mark already on the splined shaft. Line that up with the one on the wheel.. :thumbsup:
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Argh! Something that's small and easy to overlook? With my eyes!?!??!??!

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 12:45 #6 


kevin
after you have undone the center nut and before you pull the wheel right off,
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE UNDONE BOTH WIRES AND PUT THEM THOUGH THE HOLE.
or you will put all the air bag wiring out.
I know how easy that is done. :oops: or some thing like that. :em:

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 13:12 #7 

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Dave
kevin wrote:after you have undone the center nut and before you pull the wheel right off,
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE UNDONE BOTH WIRES AND PUT THEM THOUGH THE HOLE.
or you will put all the air bag wiring out.
I know how easy that is done. :oops: or some thing like that. :em:


I read this AFTER I'd gone for it, but luckily, this didn't happen!

Anyway..... IT'S DONE!

:-D

You saw it here first!

Before:
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After:
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Well chuffed!

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 14:01 #8 

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JohnDotCom
You got there in the end.
That looks so much better. :)
John

"My lovely car now sold onto a very happy new owner.
I still love this marque and I will still be around, preferred selling to breaking, as a great runner and performer"

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 14:04 #9 

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Rammie
You will now be on the lookout for a matching walnut handbrake slieve now ;)

That looks the business, well done you.
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Brian

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 14:23 #10 

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James.uk
I think the only swop worth doing is the steering wheel, the gear knob and hand brake are minor changes and hardly noticeable. :)
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Posted 17 Jun 2010, 15:05 #11 

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Rammie
James.uk wrote:I think the only swop worth doing is the steering wheel, the gear knob and hand brake are minor changes and hardly noticeable. :)
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I noticed it! :gmc:
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Brian

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 16:02 #12 

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Tootall
I keep meaning to reset my steering wheel so its sits level when driving straight.
Ex-Longbridge track monkey.

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 17:51 #13 

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Dave
James.uk wrote:I think the only swop worth doing is the steering wheel, the gear knob and hand brake are minor changes and hardly noticeable. :)
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I have already got a wooden knob......

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 17:54 #14 

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Tootall
Dave wrote:I have already got a wooden knob......


Time to see a doctor i think :lol:
Ex-Longbridge track monkey.

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 18:19 #15 


carlpenn
Very nice Dave, Looks the Business :D
Upgrades:

Fitted Electric Memory Seat, Leather Cubby Lid, Wood Dash, Message Centre.

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 18:26 #16 

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Rammie
Tootall wrote:
Dave wrote:I have already got a wooden knob......


Time to see a doctor i think :lol:


Ha Ha, very good :lol:
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Brian

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 18:29 #17 

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Jürgen
Well done, Dave. Looks good.

Although there's no technical reason for having a wooden wheel, it's well worth it. ;)
Jürgen

75ZT Community & Midlands Nano Meets & 75 & ZT Enthusiasts

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 18:41 #18 

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Dave
Jürgen wrote:Well done, Dave. Looks good.

Although there's no technical reason for having a wooden wheel, it's well worth it. ;)


I get what you say, but even having only done 10 miles since the fit, yes, it IS worth it!!! :mrgreen:

Posted 17 Jun 2010, 21:05 #19 

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Jürgen
I wouldn't like to change back either. :thumbsup:
Jürgen

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Posted 17 Jun 2010, 21:15 #20 


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