6B-1 Steering Wheel and Column:
Steering Wheel and Column
Service Precautions of Steering Wheel and Column
For service precautions, refer to "Precautions on Service and Diagnosis of Air Bag System in Section 8B".
Service and Diagnosis
For diagnosis and servicing, refer to "Precautions on Service and Diagnosis of Air Bag System in Section 8B".
Disabling Air Bag System
For disabling air bag system, refer to "Disabling Air Bag System in Section 8B".
Enabling Air Bag System
For enabling air bag system, refer to "Enabling Air Bag System in Section 8B".
Handling and Storage
For handling and storage, refer to "Precautions on Handling and Storage of Air Bag System Components in Section
For disposal, refer to "Precautions on Disposal of Air Bag and Seat Belt Pretensioner in Section 8B".
Steering Wheel and Column Construction
This double tube type steering column has the following three important features in addition to the steering function:
• The column is energy absorbing, designed to compress in a front-end collision.
• The ignition switch and lock are mounted conveniently on this column.
• With the column mounted lock, the ignition and steering operations can be locked to inhibit theft of the vehicle.
To insure the energy absorbing action, it is important that only the specified screws, bolts and nuts be used as
designated, and that they are tightened to the specified torque. When the column assembly is removed from the
vehicle, special care must be taken in handling it. Use of a steering wheel puller other than the recommended puller in
this manual or a sharp blow on the end of the steering shaft, leaning on the assembly, or dropping the assembly could
shear the plastic shear pins which maintain column length and position.
The driver air bag (inflator) module is one of the supplemental restraint (air bag) system components and is mounted
to the center of the steering wheel. During certain frontal crashes, the air bag system supplements the restraint of the
driver's and passenger's seat belts by deploying the air bags. The air bag (inflator) module should be handled with
care to prevent accidental deployment. When servicing, be sure to observe "Precautions on Service and Diagnosis of
Air Bag System in Section 8B".