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 Post subject: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 10:35 pm 
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Few days ago, the top cover case that covers the electronic switches on the cruise control had broken and can not be glued back.

I've taken another Steering Wheel with assembly of wrecked AUII.

Questions are:-

1. Can I just change over (replace) the damaged unit with the other one?

2. Do I need to replace the entire steering wheel with all of its sundries?

What precautionary steps (measures) do I need to take before attempting this job?

Thanks, Peter
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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 11:02 pm 
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bondy99 wrote:
Few days ago, the top cover case that covers the electronic switches on the cruise control had broken and can not be glued back.

I've taken another Steering Wheel with assembly of wrecked AUII.

Questions are:-

1. Can I just change over (replace) the damaged unit with the other one?

A- as far as i know yes you can .... not sure if the AU1 controls are same tho

2. Do I need to replace the entire steering wheel with all of its sundries?

A- no ... no need to

What precautionary steps (measures) do I need to take before attempting this job?

A- disconnect battery & leave alone for 5/10 minutes, before removing steering wheel airbag. once airbag is removed you can change controls over. don't remember what the tool was called to remove airbag bolts - it's a specific tool.

Thanks, Peter



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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 11:26 pm 
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Mad2,

Thanks mate.

I'll make sure I wait a bit longer in removing the airbag. Don't want the bugger to trigger hey!

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:03 pm 
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Before I go ahead and make a C**k up of the steering wheel, does anyone know what the special tool is that's required to remove top part of steering hub to access cruise control assembly switch?

Don't want the airbags to explode.
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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:20 pm 
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Disconnect the battery for 5 mins and then remove the airbag. You will then be able to access the cruise control buttons.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:24 pm 
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You'll need a Torx anti-tamper bit to remove the two screws holding the horn pad/air bag. These are located on either side of the steeting wheel, closest to the steering colum behind some plactic plugs. To save using the Torx bit again, a slot is cut in each screw so I can use a flat bladed screwdriver later. Carefully unplug the airbag after that (keeping your face away from it :shock: ).

Have you got a steering wheel puller? There are two holes to attach the puller to the steering wheel to. It won't come off easily otherwise.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:36 pm 
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SWC,

Thanks, I waited an hour to be doubly safe.

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Shortshift,

I did manage to find a 5 star Torx bit. T30. Good idea about making a slot. Might do that.

After looking at the wiring of the switches underneath the airbag on my AUII, the other wiring loom still attached to the spare steering wheel is slightly different. It came off a Ford, which model I could not say, I assumed all Ford Steering wheels were the same but apparently not so.

I then realised , yep, steering wheel has to come off prior to removing the screws attaching the casting of the wheel to the plastic so as to gain access to remove and replace wiring harness.

What brand or make of steering wheel puller would do the job?

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 4:23 pm 
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Is the new wheel off an AU?

You don't need a puller.

Loosen the torx bolt holding the sttering wheel on. Do Not Remove the bolt totaly but loosen off a few turns. Grap the wheel at 12 an 6 o'colock and pull/rock the wheel. It should come loose.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:16 pm 
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bondy99 wrote:

After looking at the wiring of the switches underneath the airbag on my AUII, the other wiring loom still attached to the spare steering wheel is slightly different. It came off a Ford, which model I could not say, I assumed all Ford Steering wheels were the same but apparently not so.

I then realised , yep, steering wheel has to come off prior to removing the screws attaching the casting of the wheel to the plastic so as to gain access to remove and replace wiring harness.

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i'd hazard a guess & say it's an EF/EL if the switches are differant. steering wheels easy to take off. just do as SWC said & you will be fine. and yes the wheels are differant :lol: :mrgreen:
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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:15 pm 
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bondy99 wrote:
What brand or make of steering wheel puller would do the job?


In case the steering wheel doesn't budge, here's what you'll need. All of the steering wheels, that I've removed, were a press fit and stuck tight since the day they left the factory. If you can't 'beg, borrow or steal' one, a cheap one will cost about $20 on eBay.

 

 

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:19 pm 
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Shortshift wrote:
bondy99 wrote:
What brand or make of steering wheel puller would do the job?


In case the steering wheel doesn't budge, here's what you'll need. All of the steering wheels, that I've removed, were a press fit and stuck tight since the day they left the factory. If you can't 'beg, borrow or steal' one, a cheap one will cost about $20 on eBay.


You must be unlucky, pulled a few of EF/EL, AU, BA and Territory and never had an issue.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:36 pm 
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Shortshift and SWC,
Thanks for the further info and type of steering wheel pulley required.

There is a subtle difference with the wiring harness in the two steering wheels.

In the AUII, I have cruise control buttons on the right side and radio buttons on the left ( Seek, + and -). No horn buttons , yet the horn works if you press the central hub.


The other steering wheel has horn buttons on left and right side, cruise control buttons normal but is wired into the radio button on left side that only has two switches as opposed to three switches on the AUII.

Another question. Does the airbag really need to be replaced? Why I ask...writing on the back of the airbag enclosure said words to the effect "Replace after 10 years".

Vehicle built 2000, now its 2016. Any truth to this or still good as gold?

Cheers.
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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:24 am 
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By your description, the steering wheel is off an EF/EL and are cruise control switches only. Left side is On/Off and right side is Set + - etc.

Air bag should be fine.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:24 pm 
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SWC,

You are correct about the switches, so yes, it must have been off an EF/EL, did not take notice of the model at the time. I've already thrown it away.

I'll be doing so next week when I obtain the proper one from an AUII.

Thanks for letting me know about the Airbag.

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 Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel - Cruise Control Assembly AUII
Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:30 pm 
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Update,

Went to wreckers to find if there were any intact steering wheels without wires cut...wishful thinking on my part.

Managed to locate couple of AUII vehicles, one was same year as mine, the other a year later.

Wires have been cut from the switches. Without causing hiccups, can wires be joined and soldered for those switches?

Unfortunately the steering wheel does need to come off to get access to the wires that run between the plastic backing and the metal part of the steering wheel

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