How to Remove the Steering Wheel in a Dodge Caliberby Russell Wood
The steering wheel on a Dodge Caliber translates your circular motions from left to right to turning the vehicle side to side. It also contains an airbag, which deploys if you are in a front-end collision. Occasionally, you may need to remove the steering wheel if you need to get at the steering column controls or just replace the airbag. This process requires some special care to make sure you don't accidentally set off the airbag. It can be done with basic tools.
Disconnect the negative cable on the battery using an open-end wrench. Allow the car to sit for at least 10 to 15 minutes before you continue to the next step.
Locate the small access holes on the sides of the steering wheel. Use the 1/4-inch ratchet and socket to remove the screws inside those holes. Pull the airbag away from the steering wheel with both hands. Unplug the connectors, then lift it out of the vehicle. Carefully set it face-up on a non-conductive surface, such as a wood table.
Unbolt the center bolt on the steering wheel using the 1/2-inch ratchet and socket. Install the steering wheel puller into the threaded holes flanking the center of the steering wheel so that the center of the puller is on the steering column. Tighten the puller using the 1/2-inch ratchet and socket until the steering wheel comes off of the column.
Things You'll Need
- Open-end wrench set
- 1/4-inch ratchet and socket set
- Torx-head driver set
- 1/2-inch ratchet and socket set
- Steering wheel puller
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.