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Pelican Technical Article:

Steering Wheel Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

****

Tools:

12mm XZN driver or T55 Torx driver, torque wrench

Applicable Models:

A6 2.7T (1997-04)
A6 2.8 (1997-02)
A6 3.0L (2002-04)
S6 4.2 (1997-04)

Parts Required:

Steering Wheel

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery beforehand

Performance Gain:

Better looking interior

Complementary Modification:

Replace airbag

Replacing the steering wheel is a relatively easy job that can greatly improve the look and feel of the car's interior. Whether you are removing the wheel to access other components or to simply upgrade, it is a great project for the do-it yourselfer.

Begin by reading through our article on Airbag Removal. You'll need to remove the airbag to access the retaining bolt for the steering wheel. It is important that you read the instructions carefully as there is a risk of triggering the airbag accidentally.

Be sure to disconnect the battery before beginning. It is crucial that you do this to prevent accidentally triggering the airbag or a fault code. See our article on Battery Replacement for more information.

The steering wheel is held to the steering shaft by a large bolt. You'll need to get a 12mm XZN driver, commonly known as a triple square to loosen and remove the nut. I've also heard of people using a T55 Torx driver to do this, but you risk stripping out the inside of the nut.

In this article, I'll cover steering wheel removal on the Audi A6.
Figure 1

In this article, I'll cover steering wheel removal on the Audi A6. Keep in mind that the airbag must be removed first. See our article on Airbag Removal for more information.

The steering wheel is held to the steering shaft by a large bolt (green arrow).
Figure 2

The steering wheel is held to the steering shaft by a large bolt (green arrow). You'll need to get a 12mm XZN driver, commonly known as a triple square to loosen and remove the nut. I've also heard of people using a T55 Torx driver to do this, but you risk stripping out the inside of the nut.

You'll likely need a breaker bar to loosen up the retaining bolt as shown here on a VW Jetta.
Figure 3

You'll likely need a breaker bar to loosen up the retaining bolt as shown here on a VW Jetta. The bolt and procedure is identical on the Audi A6. I'd recommend turning the wheel until it locks, then break the bolt loose. Audi specifies that the bolt should be replaced after breaking it loose ten times.

Note the alignment marks (green arrows) on the steering wheel and the steering shaft.
Figure 4

Note the alignment marks (green arrows) on the steering wheel and the steering shaft. These marks must line up when reinstalling the wheel. Installation is the reverse of removal. Be sure to torque the steering wheel bolt to 50 Nm (37 ft-lbs).


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