3. Remove the horn switch by loosening the 3 T-30 Torx screws and remove the assembly from the wheel. After removing this assembly you will expose the cruise control switch wiring harness. This will also allow access to a T-20 Torx screw with a green ground wire which needs to be removed as well. (Illustration 3)
4. Loosen the steering wheel retainer bolt several turns, but do not remove completely from the shaft. Mark the shaft for alignment straight ahead. Pull up on the wheel while rocking back and forth until the wheel is loose on the shaft. Remove the retaining bolt and pull wheel from vehicle taking care to route all the wires through the opening in the wheel without pulling on them.
5. Pull the cruise control switches out of the wheel by inserting a finger under the inner part of the switch where the wiring harness connects. As you pull up you will feel one of the retaining tabs release; at this point you can grab the switch near the center and pull it straight up and out. Do not pull on the wiring harness. Repeat the procedure for the other switch.
6. Remove the switches and wiring harness as a unit from the original wheel by pushing the 2 plastic routing positioners out of the wheel from the backside with a small screwdriver. Pull the wiring out of the small molded in tracks and note how the wires route outside the 2 long projections that are part of the rear wheel shroud.
7. Remove the rear wheel shroud by removing the 4 T-20 Torx screws on the backside of wheel.
PREPARING NEW WHEEL FOR INSTALLATION
1. Reinstall the switches and wiring harness assembly from step 7 above in the same position as it came out. Pushing the plastic routing positioners back into the holes in the wheel and positioning the harness in the molded in tracks as before.
2. Reinstall the rear plastic shroud with the 4 screws previously removed in step 8 above and route wire harness around the tall projections as before. NOTE: Make sure the shroud fits into the narrow guide slots molded into the wheel.
3. Push the cruise switches into the new wheel by locating them above their alignment holes and pushing straight down to lock in both of the locator tabs. Reinstall the spoke trim finish panels removed earlier by positioning them above their alignment holes and pushing down into position. Do not force or you could break the trim, they should easily slide and lock into place.
INSTALLING NEW STEERING WHEEL
1. Position the new wheel onto the shaft orienting it to the mark made earlier. (Reference “Removing The Steering Wheel From Vehicle” step number 1 above). Route wires through opening as before.
2. Install the steering wheel retainer bolt and torque securely to 55N-m (41 lb ft).
3. Make sure the cruise wiring harness is positioned properly and reinstall the green ground lead using the screw previously removed and tighten securely.
4. Position the horn switch assembly and tighten the 3 T-30 Torx screws securely.
5. Reconnect the horn lead to the tab on the upper right of the switch.
6. Reconnect the cruise wiring harness to the clockspring mechanism coming from the column.
7. Position the airbag module near the wheel and re-connect the wire leads. As mentioned earlier each connector is unique and cannot be reversed. Match the connector key to the keyway in the airbag module and push securely into position. Do not force the connectors or damage to the connector or module may occur.
8. Position the airbag module into the wheel and reinstall the 2 airbag module retaining bolts removed earlier; tighten to 7 N-m (62 lb-in). Reinstall the plastic bolt plugs into the wheel.
REPOWERING AND CHECKING THE AIRBAG SYSTEM
Make sure no one is in the vehicle and there is nothing blocking or placed in front of the airbag module when the power is being reconnected. Failure to follow these instructions may result in serious personal injury in the event of an accidental deployment.
1. Turn the ignition switch from OFF to ON. Reinstall the restraint control module (RCM) fuse into the correct slot in the Smart Junction Box (SJB) and close the cover. Reconnect any auxiliary batteries or power supplies (if so equipped). Reconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Turn the ignition key from ON to OFF. Wait 10 seconds, then turn the key back to ON and visually monitor the airbag warning indicator. It may take approximately 30 seconds after the ignition switch has been turned from the OFF to the On position for the light to come on as this is the time required for the RCM to complete the testing of the circuit. The light should come on for 6 seconds then turn off. If a fault is present in the system the light will either fail to come on at all or remain lit continuously. If either of these occurs refer back to “Disabling and Removal Of The Airbag Module” to check your connections. If the light should flash and you hear an audible beep this means the RCM is not configured and you should take your vehicle to a Ford dealer immediately.
3. Remember to reset your radio station presets and clock and enjoy your new GRANT REVOLUTION steering wheel. When you first start the vehicle the engine may run less smoothly than before as the computer will have to reset itself due to the power loss but this will just take a moment or two.