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Pelican Technical Article:

Steering Wheel Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

***

Tools:

Breaker bar, 12mm XZN driver (triple square), torque wrench

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Steering wheel

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery beforehand

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.

In this article, I'll cover steering wheel removal on the Mk4 Jetta.
Figure 1

In this article, I'll cover steering wheel removal on the Mk4 Jetta. Keep in mind that the airbag and also the instrument cluster must be removed first. See our articles on Instrument Cluster Removal and Airbag Removal for more information.

Remove the wire harness from the airbag to the clock spring if you didn't when removing the airbag.
Figure 2

Remove the wire harness from the airbag to the clock spring if you didn't when removing the airbag. Squeeze the tabs on the electrical connector (green arrows) and pull it off. Now carefully pull the two ground connections off (yellow arrows).

The steering wheel is held to the steering shaft by a large bolt (green arrow).
Figure 3

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 probably need to use a breaker bar on the end of the triple square bit to get the wheel nut loose.
Figure 4

You'll probably need to use a breaker bar on the end of the triple square bit to get the wheel nut loose.

Note the alignment marks (green arrows) on the steering wheel and the steering shaft.
Figure 5

Note the alignment marks (green arrows) on the steering wheel and the steering shaft. These marks must line up when reinstalling the wheel.

And here's the finished result with the steering wheel removed.
Figure 6

And here's the finished result with the steering wheel removed. Installation is the reverse of removal. Be sure to torque the steering wheel bolt to 50 Nm (37 ft-lbs).


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