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      10-21-2011, 09:18 AM   #40
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1994 BMW 325i  [4.25]
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Originally Posted by Mr Kleen View Post
I'm curious about the installation. I've done quite a bit of work to my previous cars but never a steering wheel swap...
For the non-electronic, the difficulty level is 3 out of 10 for someone who works on cars but not on a technician level. The electronic wheel is 6 out of 10 IMO

Disconnect battery

You pop your airbag out by poking two holes in the back of your steering wheel where the airbag clips in.

Remove the airbag, unplugging all of the electronic controls for steering wheel functions & airbag control

Use (I can't remember what size - huge anyway) a socket to undo the steering wheel from the column

Use a torx screw driver to remove steering wheel buttons and trim

Install new wheel by repeating steps backwards
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