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DeltaSniper 02-28-2013 02:28 PM

2012 Steering Wheel Removal
Hey guys,

I have been looking at a 2010 service manual and I can't seem to find the torx bolt on the sides of the steering wheel, does anyone know if the removal procedure is different from a 2010 to a 2012?

I need to remove my steering wheel and I need help on this lol.


GTEASER 02-28-2013 02:52 PM

You converting to autonomous?

DeltaSniper 02-28-2013 02:54 PM

Alignment guys didnt get the steering wheel angle completely right, its bugging my OCD and I will just remount the steering wheel to get the angle fixed...

Additionally, the alignment shop is too far of a drive.

DeltaSniper 02-28-2013 03:13 PM

Yup just spent the last 10 minutes looking for the Torx screw inside, no dice. I think the removal procedure is different for 2012 models since we have a different steering wheel.

BigBopper 02-28-2013 03:22 PM

How far off is your steering wheel?

You could just adjust your tie rod ends by equal amounts to center your steering wheel (as long as your comfortable doing it).

I was able to remove my steering wheel just by removing the steering shaft nut and pulling on the wheel. I didn't need a puller, although no guarantee you won't need one. (Don't forget about the airbag ... :eek:)

Jace2010LGT 02-28-2013 03:29 PM

You will not get it perfectly center without a toe adjustment. The wheel is splined onto the shaft. The odds of the wheel perfectly lining up on the splines and being center is unlikely at best. Just have the alignment redone.

DeltaSniper 02-28-2013 03:42 PM

Yeah I know its splined, I am not looking for dead center I am just looking for an improvement LOL.

Its off by around 10 degrees or so.... not huge but big enough to bug me.

GTEASER 02-28-2013 03:49 PM

If it's 10 degrees off one way and the steering shaft has 20 splines, even 1 spline will put you 8 degrees off the other way.

DeltaSniper 02-28-2013 03:50 PM

2 degrees off center will make me a happy man.

DeltaSniper 02-28-2013 03:51 PM

I am looking at a 2013 manual and it looks similar to my steering wheel, they did remove the torx screw and put in the dumbest design ever, I cant seem to find these "locks"

DeltaSniper 02-28-2013 03:55 PM

The one with the Torx is the 2010 Wheel.

GTEASER 02-28-2013 04:03 PM


Originally Posted by DeltaSniper (Post 4317129)
2 degrees off center will make me a happy man.

No, no, each spline would be 18 degrees, 8 degrees off still.

Not sure how many splines the shaft has but I was just assuming 20 as an example.

DeltaSniper 02-28-2013 04:06 PM

Well when I still had the 2.5i, they did a TSB with the steering wheel and when they put it back it was off by just as much as my steering wheel is off right now. That is what gave me the idea.

But now that I can't even figure out how to remove the steering wheel, I am throwing in the towel and I will just live with it until I find the time to go back and have it redone or when I straight up need another alignment.

GTEASER 02-28-2013 04:08 PM

2 Attachment(s)
These are the pages from the 2012 manual.

Attachment 143468
Attachment 143469

There are no torx bolts on the 2012 wheel from what I can tell, just the 3 clips to pop from the back.

DrD123 02-28-2013 04:58 PM

Well - the service manual tells you to reposition the wheel if it's off more than 5 degrees, and then if you still can't get it aligned, to mess with the tie rod ends.

If returning to the shop and having them do it right isn't an option, I think rather than mess with the explosively driven airbag aimed at my face, I'd adjust the tie rod ends first.

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