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How to remove air bag and steering wheel on 2001 chevy silverado pickup

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  1. Disable the SIR system. Refer to Disabling the SIR System in Restraint Systems.
  2. Remove the steering wheel . Refer to Steering Wheel Replacement.
  3. Remove the tilt lever from steering column. Refer to Tilt Lever Replacement - On Vehicle.
  4. Remove the screws (1) that retain the lower steering column trim cover to the steering column.
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  1. Tilt the trim cover down and slide it back in order to disengage the locking tabs.
  2. Remove the lower steering column trim cover.
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  1. Remove the screws (1) that retain the upper steering column trim cover to the steering column.
  2. Remove the upper steering column trim cover.

Installation Procedure


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  1. Install the upper steering column trim cover (2). Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
  2. Install the screws that retain the upper steering column trim cover to the steering column.
    • Tighten the upper steering column trim cover retaining screws to 1.5 Nm (13 inch lbs.) .

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  1. Install the lower steering column trim cover.
  2. Match the tabs slots onto the lower cover with the locking tabs on the upper cover.
  3. Tilt the lower shroud up.
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  1. Install the screws (1) that retain the lower steering column trim cover to the steering column.
    • Tighten the lower steering column trim cover retaining screws to 3.5 Nm (31 inch lbs.) .
  1. Install the tilt lever to the steering column.
  2. Install the steering wheel .
  3. Enable the SIR system.

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  • Pop the hood and disconnect the negative terminal on the battery using an open-end wrench. Allow the battery to sit disconnected for at least 15 minutes before proceeding, as you want to let the charging system discharge.

  • Place the key in the ignition and turn it to the "on" position. The vehicle should not turn on, but you should be able to turn the steering wheel freely. Turn the wheel so that the top is at the 9 o'clock position.

  • Feel around the back of the steering wheel to locate two holes on either side. Place the flathead screwdriver in one of the holes and push it forward to pop the airbag out on one side.

  • Hold the freed side in place with one hand, and then push in the other hole . The airbag should pop out of the steering wheel.

  • Pull the airbag off of the wheel and unplug the airbag from the steering wheel. To store the airbag, make sure that the face of the airbag points up in the air. Otherwise the airbag could become a projectile if accidentally activated.


  • Steering Wheel

    Removal & Installation


    When performing service around the SIR system components or wiring, the SIR system MUST be disabled. Failure to do so could result in possible air bag deployment, personal injury or unneeded SIR system repairs.

    1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
    2. On models equipped with a drivers side air bag, perform the following procedure:
      1. Disable the Supplemental Restraint System (if equipped).
      2. On models equipped with a air bag, turn the steering wheel 90° to access the rear shroud holes to the inflator module. Insert a screwdriver in the holes and push the leaf spring to release the pin. Turn the steering wheel 180° to access the remaining shroud holes and using the screwdriver, release the remaining pins.
      3. Tilt the inflator module rearward from the top to access the wiring. Tag and unplug the lead wire from the clip on the module, the lead wire from the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer from the module.

    3. If not equipped with a drivers side air bag, remove the horn pad or button cap and disconnect the horn wires.

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      Fig. Remove the horn button cap



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      Fig. Disengage the horn wiring



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      Fig. If equipped, remove the snapring from the steering shaft

    4. Mark the steering wheel-to-steering shaft relationship.
    5. If equipped, remove the snapring from the steering shaft.
    6. Remove the nut from the steering shaft.
      WARNING
      Don't hammer on the steering shaft!

    7. Remove the steering wheel with a puller.

    To install:

    1. Install the wheel. The turn signal control assembly must be in the Neutral position to prevent damaging the canceling cam and control assembly. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
    2. Install the horn pad and horn contact (if equipped).
    3. If equipped with a drivers side air bag, install the inflator module as follows:
      1. Attach the lead wire to the clip on the module, the lead wire to the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer to the module.
      2. Install the inflator module by pressing it firmly into the steering wheel so that all four notched pins in the leaf spring are fully engaged. Be very careful that you do not pinch any wires.

    4. Connect the battery ground cable and enable the SIR system (if equipped).

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      Fig. Remove the nut and washer from the steering shaft



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      Fig. Use a puller to separate the steering wheel



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      Fig. Remove the steering wheel


    1. Disable the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system (if equipped), as outlined in the Chassis Electrical Section.
    2. Remove the inflator module.
    3. Remove the horn pad assembly (if not equipped with an SIR).
    4. Remove the horn switch.
    5. Make an alignment mark in order to note the relationship of the steering wheel to the steering shaft.
    6. Remove the steering wheel nut.
    7. Use tool J1859A or equivalent in order to remove the steering wheel.

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      Fig. Use tool J1859A or equivalent in order to remove the steering wheel.


    To install:

    1. Align the marks made during the removal procedure on the steering shaft and the steering wheel.
    2. Install the steering wheel nut to the steering shaft.
    3. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
    4. Install the horn switch.
    5. Install the horn pad assembly, if not equipped with an SIR.
    6. Install the inflator module.
    7. Enable the SIR system, if equipped.


    CAUTION
    When performing service around the SIR system components or wiring, the SIR system MUST be disabled. Failure to do so could result in possible air bag deployment, personal injury or unneeded SIR system repairs.

    1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
    2. Remove the air bag:
      1. Disable the Supplemental Restraint System.
      2. T urn the steering wheel 90° to access the rear shroud holes to the inflator module. Insert a screwdriver in the holes and push the leaf spring to release the pin. Turn the steering wheel 180° to access the remaining shroud holes and using the screwdriver, release the remaining pins.
      3. Tilt the inflator module rearward from the top to access the wiring. Tag and unplug the lead wire from the clip on the module, the lead wire from the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer from the module.

    3. Mark the steering wheel-to-steering shaft relationship.
    4. If equipped, remove the snapring from the steering shaft.
    5. Remove the nut from the steering shaft.
      WARNING
      Don't hammer on the steering shaft!

    6. Remove the steering wheel with a puller.

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      Fig. Exploded view of the steering wheel assembly


    To install:

    1. Install the wheel. The turn signal control assembly must be in the Neutral position to prevent damaging the canceling cam and control assembly. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
    2. Install the inflator module as follows:
      1. Attach the lead wire to the clip on the module, the lead wire to the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer to the module.
      2. Install the inflator module by pressing it firmly into the steering wheel so that all four notched pins in the leaf spring are fully engaged. Be very careful that you do not pinch any wires.

    3. Connect the battery ground cable and enable the SIR system.

      Click image to see an enlarged view

      Fig. Remove the nut and washer from the steering shaft



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      Fig. Use a puller to separate the steering wheel



      Click image to see an enlarged view

      Fig. Remove the steering wheel



    CAUTION
    When performing service around the SIR system components or wiring, the SIR system MUST be disabled. Failure to do so could result in possible air bag deployment, personal injury or unneeded SIR system repairs.

    1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
    2. Remove the air bag:
      1. Disable the Supplemental Restraint System.
      2. T urn the steering wheel 90° to access the rear shroud holes to the inflator module. Insert a screwdriver in the holes and push the leaf spring to release the pin. Turn the steering wheel 180° to access the remaining shroud holes and using the screwdriver, release the remaining pins.
      3. Tilt the inflator module rearward from the top to access the wiring. Tag and unplug the lead wire from the clip on the module, the lead wire from the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer from the module.

    3. Mark the steering wheel-to-steering shaft relationship.
    4. If equipped, remove the snapring from the steering shaft.
    5. Remove the nut from the steering shaft.
      WARNING
      Don't hammer on the steering shaft!

    6. Remove the steering wheel with a puller.

      Click image to see an enlarged view

      Fig. Exploded view of the steering wheel assembly


    To install:

    1. Install the wheel. The turn signal control assembly must be in the Neutral position to prevent damaging the canceling cam and control assembly. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
    2. Install the inflator module as follows:
      1. Attach the lead wire to the clip on the module, the lead wire to the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer to the module.
      2. Install the inflator module by pressing it firmly into the steering wheel so that all four notched pins in the leaf spring are fully engaged. Be very careful that you do not pinch any wires.

    3. Connect the battery ground cable and enable the SIR system.

      Click image to see an enlarged view

      Fig. Remove the nut and washer from the steering shaft



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      Fig. Use a puller to separate the steering wheel



      Click image to see an enlarged view

      Fig. Remove the steering wheel


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