CHANGING THE STEERING WHEEL


WHILST THE ORIGINAL STEERING WHEEL ON THE CORSA DOES THE JOB IT DOESN'T LOOK OR FEEL GREAT AND WITH THE LARGE RANGE OF REPLACEMENTS AVAILABLE CHANGING IT IS AN EASY ROUTE TO GIVING YOUR CAR A MORE SPORTY LOOK AND FEEL.

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STEP 1

FIRST WE NEED TO REMOVE THE HORN FROM THE CENTRE OF THE WHEEL SO THAT WE CAN GET AT THE FIXINGS, THIS IS EASILY DONE BY GETTING YOUR FINGERS UNDER THE EDGE AND GIVING IT A GOOD PULL.


STEP 2

ONCE RELEASED PULL THE HORN FORWARDS TO EXPOSE THE MOUNTING NUT WHICH HOLDS THE STEERING WHEEL IN PLACE.


STEP 3

UNDER THE NUT THERE IS A WASHER WITH A FEW METAL TAGS POKING OUT FROM IT, ONE OR MORE OF THESE MAY BE BENT UPWARDS STOPPING YOU GETTING A SOCKET ON THE NUT, THESE WILL NEED TO BE BENT DOWNWARDS WITH A SCREWDRIVER, MINE WAS PARTICULARLY STUBBORN BUT A TAP WITH A SMALL HAMMER SOON SORTED IT.

 


STEP 4

WHILST KEEPING YOUR STEERING WHEEL STRAIGHT USE A SOCKET TO UNDO THE NUT HOLDING THE WHEEL IN PLACE.


STEP 5

REMOVE THE NUT AND WASHER AND PUT THEM IN A SAFE PLACE AS YOU WILL NEED THEM TO FIT YOUR NEW WHEEL


STEP 6

MAKE SURE YOUR STEERING STAYS STRAIGHT AS YOU WANT TO GET THE NEW WHEEL ON STRAIGHT.


STEP 7

IF YOU ARE VERY LUCKY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PULL THE STEERING WHEEL OFF OF THE STEERING COLUMN BUT IN MOST CASES A PULLER IS REQUIRED, THESE CAN BE EXPENSIVE SO IT IS WORTH TRYING TO BORROW ONE FROM A GARAGE OR GO TO A TOOL HIRE COMPANY, THE PULLER HOOKS INTO THE HOLES IN THE STEERING WHEEL AND PULLS THE WHEEL OFF AS YOU WIND THE CENTRE THREADED BAR IN.


STEP 8

TIGHTEN THE CENTRE BAR OF THE PULLER AND THE WHEEL SHOULD POP OFF, REMEMBER TO KEEP THE WHEEL STRAIGHT.


STEP 9

ON SOME MOUNTING BOSSES YOU WILL NEED TO REMOVE THE PLASTIC PART ON THE BACK OF YOUR ORIGINAL WHEEL WHICH CONNECTS THE HORN AND FIT IT TO YOUR NEW BOSS, ON THE CORSA YOU JUST PUSH IN THE PLASTIC TABS WHERE THE SCREWDRIVER IS POINTING TO AND WHERE THE RED WIRE GOES THROUGH.


STEP 10

THIS LEAVES YOU WITH THE CONNECTOR PLATE, DON'T BE TEMPTED TO WIPE OFF THE GREASE ON THE BACK OF IT AS THIS LUBRICATES THE AUTO TURN SIGNAL CANCELLING, FEED THE WIRE THROUGH AND PUSH THE PLATE ONTO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR NEW STEERING WHEEL BOSS.


STEP 11

SCREW YOUR NEW WHEEL TO THE BOSS TEMPORARILY WITH A COUPLE OF SCREWS MAKING SURE THAT THE PLASTIC TAB ON THE BACK OF THE HORN CONNECTING PLATE IS IN THE SAME PLACE IN RELATION TO THE WHEEL THAT IT WAS ON YOUR ORIGINAL STEERING WHEEL, PLACE THE WHEEL ON THE STEERING COLUMN KEEPING IT STRAIGHT.


STEP 12

USING YOUR FINGERS LOOSELY FIT THE NUT AND WASHER BACK ON THE STEERING COLUMN.


STEP 13

TIGHTEN THE NUT USING A SOCKET, MAKE SURE YOU GET IT GOOD AND TIGHT BUT DON'T DAMAGE THE THREADS AS REPLACING THE STEERING COLUMN ISN'T A NICE JOB.


STEP 14

NOW YOU HAVE THE BOSS FASTENED IN PLACE YOU CAN REMOVE THE TWO SCREWS ATTACHING THE WHEEL SO THAT THE HUB CAN BE PROPERLY ASSEMBLED.


STEP 15

THE ASSEMBLY OF THE HUB CAN VARY SLIGHTLY FROM WHEEL TO WHEEL BUT INSTRUCTIONS ARE GENERALLY INCLUDED WITH THE WHEEL AND THESE NEXT FEW STEPS SHOULD GIVE YOU A GOOD IDEA IF NOT.

THE FIRST PIECE YOU WILL NEED TO PUT ON IS THE CONTACT RING, THIS GIVES YOU THE OTHER CONNECTION FOR THE HORN.

 


STEP 16

NEXT THE WHEEL NEEDS TO BE HELD IN PLACE, AS NO SCREWS ARE FITTED AT THIS POINT AND THERE IS NOTHING TO KEEP THE WHEEL ON IT HELPS TO GET SOMEONE TO HOLD THE WHEEL IN PLACE FOR YOU WHILST YOU CONTINUE ASSEMBLING THE HORN.


STEP 17

PUSH THE TAGS ONTO THE BACK OF THE HORN PUSH BUTTON TO CONNECT IT.


STEP 18

NEXT PUSH THE HORN PUSH BUTTON INTO PLACE TAKING CARE TO KEEP IT THE RIGHT WAY ROUND.


STEP 19

THE THE WHEEL I AM USING IS SUPPLIED WITH A COVER PLATE WHICH CAN BE FITTED OVER THE HORN TO MAKE THINGS LOOK NICE AND NEAT, THIS NEEDS TO BE HELD IN PLACE WITH ALL THE HOLES LINED UP.


STEP 20

FIT ALL THE SCREWS VERY LOOSELY, IF YOU TIGHTEN ANY AT THIS STAGE YOU WILL HAVE A REAL JOB GETTING THE REST IN.


STEP 21

ONCE ALL THE SCREWS ARE IN PLACE NIP ALL OF THEM FINGER TIGHT.


STEP 22

THEN FINALLY TIGHTEN OPPOSITE PAIRS TAKING CARE NOT TO OVER TIGHTEN ANY OF THEM.