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Steering Wheel & Driver Airbag Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Steering Wheel & Driver Airbag Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$600

Talent:

****

Tools:

18mm socket on ' drive ratchet, T30 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Steering wheel, driver airbag

Hot Tip:

Use a thin T30 Torx driver when loosening airbag fasteners

Performance Gain:

Access to components behind steering wheel

Complementary Modification:

Replace steering wheel with upgraded model

The Volvo V70 steering wheel and steering column house a number of electrical and electronic controls. Steering wheel components include:

Horn button

Driver airbag

Clock spring (electrical contact at base of steering wheel for components listed above)

Steering column components include:

Steering column switches (includes turn signal switch, wiper and washer switch, headlight beam switch, cruise control switch)

Steering column adjuster lever

Ignition lock cylinder and electronic switch

To repair or replace most of these components you have to remove the airbag and steering wheel first. When you remove the driver airbag, it is important you disconnect the battery and wait at least 10 minutes for the system to power down. Once the airbag is removed, store it in a safe place facing up. Do not connect the vehicle battery while the airbag is removed. Fault codes will be set if you do so. If you do not have the ability to clear fault codes, you will be stuck with a warning lamp until you can have it cleared.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Make sure your steering wheel is centered and the front wheels are pointing straight ahead.

Disconnect the negative battery cable. See our tech article on battery replacing and reconnecting notes.

The Volvo V70 steering wheel and steering column house a number of electrical and electronic controls.
Figure 1

The Volvo V70 steering wheel and steering column house a number of electrical and electronic controls. Steering wheel components include -- Horn button, Driver airbag, Clock spring (electrical contact at base of steering wheel for components listed above).

Rotate the steering wheel to 90°.
Figure 2

Rotate the steering wheel to 90°. Working behind the steering wheel, insert a T30 Torx (red arrow) through the small hole and loosen the airbag fastener until the airbag releases. Rotate the steering wheel 180° and repeat this step for second and final fastener.

This photo shows the hole you will be working through (red arrow).
Figure 3

This photo shows the hole you will be working through (red arrow).

Pull the airbag off the steering wheel enough to access the electrical connectors.
Figure 4

Pull the airbag off the steering wheel enough to access the electrical connectors. There is one main connector.

Disconnect the airbag electrical connector by pulling it straight off (inset).
Figure 5

Disconnect the airbag electrical connector by pulling it straight off (inset).

Store your airbag in a safe place, with the trim panel facing up.
Figure 6

Store your airbag in a safe place, with the trim panel facing up.

Next, you have to disconnect the steering wheel electrical connector (red arrows).
Figure 7

Next, you have to disconnect the steering wheel electrical connector (red arrows).

Pull the left side electrical connector (red arrow) straight off to remove it.
Figure 8

Pull the left side electrical connector (red arrow) straight off to remove it.

Pull the right side electrical connector (red arrow) straight off to remove it.
Figure 9

Pull the right side electrical connector (red arrow) straight off to remove it.

Using a breaker bar with an 18mm socket, remove the steering wheel center bolt (red arrow).
Figure 10

Using a breaker bar with an 18mm socket, remove the steering wheel center bolt (red arrow).

While loosening, hold the steering wheel still and slowly break the bolt free.
Figure 11

While loosening, hold the steering wheel still and slowly break the bolt free.

Remove the steering wheel bolt.
Figure 12

Remove the steering wheel bolt. If you're reusing the bolt, be sure to use new red thread locker (red arrow) when reinstalling.

Volvo at the factory does not mark the steering wheel center.
Figure 13

Volvo at the factory does not mark the steering wheel center. Make your own marks (red arrow) so you get the wheel back in the same position it was in.

Lift the steering wheel off the steering column shaft.
Figure 14

Lift the steering wheel off the steering column shaft. Feed the wiring harness through the hole (red arrow) in the steering wheel. Do your best not to move the clock spring once the steering wheel is removed. Installing is the reverse of removal. Once the airbag is installed, reconnect the battery.

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