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Help: Remove model S steering wheel?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by ifung90, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. ifung90

    ifung90 Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I want to get my model S steering wheel reupholstered in Leather and Carbon but I need to ship the original out to get it done.

    Anyone have instructions on how to remove the OE steering wheel? I have done SW removal before on various other cars with simple batteries but I have no idea how to "remove the battery" on a Tesla!

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Lloyd

    Lloyd Active Member

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    be sure that you disable the airbag prior to any attempt at removal!
     
  3. Edmond

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    Remove the + from the 12v battery, or you'll be sorry.

    There are two torx screws which go in at the back of the steering wheel. Remove those, and the whole center assembly snaps out. Then you'll see a large nut which you have to remove. Once that's off you may need to use a special steering wheel puller kit which you can borrow from OReilly Auto Parts.
     
  4. ifung90

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    Oh so by removing the terminal from the standard 12v battery, it is the same removal procedures as every other car?

    I was worried that even with the 12v battery removed, the main battery still has some left over access to the air bag system.

    GREAT easy peasy then.

    Thanks!
     

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