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How to replace the steering wheel?

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Well I finally got my alcantara steering wheel done in an acceptable fashion and I would like to install it on the car to see how it works out. Thus my question here. I am mostly concerned about the airbag and the slip ring (I do not want to damage it). So what would be the procedure to install a new steering wheel on our cars reusing the existing slip ring? Is this something I should try myself or pay 1 hour of labor to the dealer to do it?

I would appreciate any suggestions.

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Wheel removal

Follow Ron stygar's instructions below. I'd add the following comments, as I've removed the wheels on the 3 Z3's I've owned:

1) Disconnect the battery, and wait 30 minutes before starting the wheel removal. This means that it doesn't set-off the airbag sensor, and you wont' have to get it reset.
2) mark the wheel and the steering column with a marker before removal. This makes it real easy to re-install and line-up properly.
It's real easy to remove and re-install. Good luck, K.C. :p
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