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Old 15-05-2011, 11:26   #1
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How to remove steering wheel?

Hey guys, I need to know how to remove my steering wheel, and possibly if I should even be attempting this job on my own.

The tracking on my car is fine, if I let go of the wheel when the car is moving it does not tug or pull in either direction, steering is razor sharp etc, but my problem is the steering wheel is crooked! To keep the car moving straight ahead, where normally you would hold the wheel at 12 o clock, my "staight ahead" is about 11 o clock. Like I say, the tracking is spot on, and if the steering wheel was correctly aligned all would be perfect.

Can I remove the steering wheel myself and attach it correctly or does this need specialist tools and knowledge to line it up properly? How do I do it, and how do I avoid setting the airbag off? The car drives perfectly and this is just a minor niggle to me, but it's something I might sort out when I've got a little bit of free time. I can't think how this has happened, I think the previous owner might have made a lazy job of reattaching the wheel, for whatever reason he removed it for!

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Old 15-05-2011, 12:16   #2
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Old 15-05-2011, 12:25   #3
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What you need is a screwdriver and I think its a either spline, torx or alan key, quite a big one, you need to de adjust the steering wheel and pull it down and all the way towards you, lock it back up, then put a screwdriver in the holes in the back of the wheel and lever lightly should pop out one side and then do same on the other side. Then disconnect the plug to the air bag. Then undo the nut. Simples. There should be a Mark on the wheel and one on the shaft so you know where its supposed to be.
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Sorry should have mentioned that, it's a Leon Cupra R 225, 2003 model.

So the wheel does not have to be completely disconnected? It just comes forward and rotates before relocking it in place?
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If it's the same as my Leon cupra 180. Then it's on splines you will have to disconnect the wheel and move it round as many teeth needed to make the lines meet.
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Old 15-05-2011, 12:53   #6
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Cheers for the link mate, I will be having a go at this soon. Hopefully it will not be to difficult once I'm actually sitting in the car.
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