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Pelican Technical Article:

Steering Wheel Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0 to $500

Talent:

***

Tools:

15mm deep socket, breaker bar, torque wrench, Sharpie

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Steering wheel

Hot Tip:

Use a breaker bar to loosen the retaining bolt

Performance Gain:

Better feel when driving with a new wheel.

Complementary Modification:

Reset service interval reminder

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 Replacement. 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.

Shown here is the steering wheel on the Volvo C30.
Figure 1

Shown here is the steering wheel on the Volvo C30. Removing the steering wheel requires taking the airbag off first. See our article on Airbag Replacement for more information.

Here is the steering wheel with the airbag removed.
Figure 2

Here is the steering wheel with the airbag removed. Note the 15mm retaining bolt (green arrow) at the center. You'll need to loosen and remove this bolt. You may need a breaker bar to get it loose.

Once the bolt is removed, I like to make a reference mark with a Sharpie (green arrow) to show how the wheel is oriented.
Figure 3

Once the bolt is removed, I like to make a reference mark with a Sharpie (green arrow) to show how the wheel is oriented. You'll also want to move the harness for the airbag back through the rubber strap retainer (yellow arrow).

Press the tab on the electrical connector (green arrow) and pull it off.
Figure 4

Press the tab on the electrical connector (green arrow) and pull it off. You can now carefully pull the steering wheel off the column, taking care to route the harnesses through the hole on the back of the wheel.

And here's the final result with the steering wheel removed.
Figure 5

And here's the final result with the steering wheel removed. Note the clockspring on the column. You'll want to orient this so that the electrical connections are at the top. When re-installing the steering wheel, make sure the clockspring is oriented correctly and torque the 15mm bolt to 65Nm (47-ft/lbs.).


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