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CutterWolf 03-19-2009 02:43 PM

Removal and installation of steering wheel for S197
 
Removal and installation of steering wheel for S197.

Tools needed: Socket wrench
Torque wrench
8mm socket
24mm socket
Very small flat head screw driver

1. Disconnect the battery (ground) and wait 5 to 10mins to insure the power has drained out of the system. If you want you can also pull the airbag fuse from the SJB found on the passenger side kick panel fuse #17 which is a 10 amp fuse.

2. Pull off the two plastic caps on the sides of the wheel to access the two bolts that hold the airbag http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/f663bb3ed0.jpg

2. Unscrew bolts with 8mm socket http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/67e2a15107.jpg
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3. Pull off the airbag assy and disconnect the two electrical connectors. Just pinch the side of the connector and pull up.
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4. Disconnect the cruise control electrical connector, you will see a tab at the top of the connector, use a small flat head screw driver to lift up the tab and pull out on the connector to remove.

5. Use a 24mm socket to remove the main steering wheel bolt. (no wheel puller is needed.) http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/ff61a4da93.jpg

6. Remove wheel.

7. Reinstall new wheel in reverse order making sure to torque the retaining bolt down to 41 foot pounds and its set.
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The whole thing took about 20 minutes.

nmd55 03-19-2009 03:05 PM

what steering wheel did u replace it with?

PennState 03-19-2009 03:08 PM

nice write up. It's very easy, did it last summer in like 10 mins with no clue of what i was doing.

Smooth_J 03-19-2009 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nmd55 (Post 6040009)
what steering wheel did u replace it with?

Looks like the SVT black on black (like the one I have).

Nice :) I should of made a how to when I did mine, but it was around 12AM :P

By the way, you should use more blue loctite on the bolt (just to be safe).

CutterWolf 03-19-2009 03:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Smooth_J (Post 6040022)
Looks like the SVT black on black (like the one I have).

I should of made a how to when I did mine, but it was around 12AM :P

Yep, that's the one. Was going to get it with the red stiching but I don't have any red in my car so black on black was the way to go. Also made myself a custom center cap.

MustangGT0405 03-19-2009 03:12 PM

Looks great

Smooth_J 03-19-2009 03:23 PM

By the way, nice gearworks set you have. I just purchased new sockets/wrenches from them.

Good quality stuff :)

CutterWolf 03-21-2009 09:59 PM

Sticky please!

mygt500 03-21-2009 10:21 PM

Ask and yee shall receive!!!!! I know you sent me a PM and I needed an link but here it is!!!!!! I believe joolander asked to do this this for us too! (write up)

Thanks Barry and it will be stickied! (give me time at work and busy since we last wrote)


Joo or Matt if you see this feel free to add it to the Sticky in the 2005+ section! thanks Jason

Srt2Stang725 03-21-2009 10:26 PM

nice write-up...ill be doing this tomorrow, this will come in handy even though it seems easy. Its always nice to see what has to be done before you do something

mygt500 03-21-2009 10:31 PM

I agree Srt2Stang725---- some like others to test unknown waters (even puddles) before jumping in themselves.....:)

Texotic 03-21-2009 11:11 PM

Sweet, whenever you're tired of that wheel, I'l be glad to take it off your hands :)

Shipwreck 03-22-2009 12:23 AM

Great Write Up! I did the same thing last summer. You are gonna love the feel of the new steering wheel. It's a major improvement!

Shadofax 03-23-2009 03:22 PM

Would you all mind me asking how much a wheel like that goes for and the best place to pick one up?

Smooth_J 03-23-2009 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shadofax (Post 6050621)
Would you all mind me asking how much a wheel like that goes for and the best place to pick one up?

http://www.fordracingparts.com/parts...tKeyField=9615

I picked up mine from a close friend, however do a search on the ford part number and you will come across some sites. You will possible pay around $380 to $450 for the wheel, or the wheel/boot combo.

stockstangjunkie 06-26-2009 02:43 AM

very informative, just got to see if i want to change my steering wheel

gabb 11-03-2009 11:36 PM

Thats very cool. Is that wheel any smaller than the stock wheel??

I was thinking of getting a momo wheel but would prefer this one if it was smaller!

Nice write, thanks for the info.

SemperFi789 11-18-2009 02:41 PM

nice write up, very easy to change steering wheel, i did it over a year ago without a problem, i was just worried the bag would blow in my face...luckily it didnt

Ratman2356 03-22-2010 08:31 AM

Thanks for the write up. Was toying with the idea of replacing the center cap when I get my 05-07 for one off of the 10 gt. Will be easier than i thought to do it if I can find one.

jakeh9890 05-19-2010 11:50 PM

were did you get the wheel? oh and how much did it set you back? i've been looking to get a s197 for a little while now and the only think i really don't like about them is the stock steering wheel and the svt one is perfect.


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