Alot of people have been asking how to remove the steering wheel on a VE.. so here is a bit of a guide on how to do it.
Locate and remove the airbag fuse (look in the passenger footwell). I like to switch the car to 'on' after I have pulled the fuse just to check that I have the right one. It will come up with 'Airbag Fault' if you have done it correctly. Some people say to remove one side of the battery too, that is entirely up to you.
Turn the steering wheel 90° left
Feel behind the steering wheel and locate a square hole (circled in red)
This is where it can get fiddly. Put a flat blade screw driver in the hole with the blade running horizontal (as shown by the red line in the previous picture).
Basically you are trying to pull the retaining clip away from the airbag hooks. The clip system has been traced in red (on one side only) to give you a better idea of how it works. The green circles are the springs which hold both sides of the clip system together.
This is a close up of one side of the clip.
The screw driver blade will go behind the red circle and the two red arrows are where the airbag hook underneath. When you lever the screw driver upwards it will pull the clip across enough to 'pop' out one side of the airbag.
Turn the wheel 90° right and repeat. The airbag will now come off freely.
Unclip the blue and orange plugs that go to the airbag.
Step 7 (for total removal of steering wheel):
This is only going from memory (but it isn't too hard to work out what is going on).
Unclip the white plug in the center of the steering wheel
Undo the big torx nut in the middle using a T45 torx bit and you are done.
EDIT: I've been told a T50 works better but I haven't tried it myself.
Like I said, it is very fiddly and might take some time to actually get the airbag off but once you know what you are doing and how the clip system works it is pretty easy. If you have any questions or if I haven't explained something properly here just post and I will try and answer them.
Last edited by Troy711; 01-08-2011 at 04:13 PM.
Nice work...two questions though when you undo the torx nut in the centre I assume you have to give the wheel a bash from behind to remove it like earlier Commodore wheels ? Did it take much force to remove ?
Great post thanks a lot i just bought a new Red hot wheel for my VE Calais and thanks to your post i had it fitted in 20 minutes the wheel itself was not a problem to pull off as it is on a parallel spline so once i undid the torx bolt it pulled straight off on it can only go back on in the same spot due to the design of the spline.I decided just to disconnect the battery rather than remove the fuse it was simple.The bigger the blade on the screwdriver the better as i just turned it but the screwdriver has to be short enough to fit behind the wheel with out being too long and the dash getting in the road.
I started doing this today, following your instructions but didn't get very far. I'm hoping you or someone else here could help out.
Firstly, I couldn't find an airbag fuse in the passenger footwell in my car (SSV). I then checked the fuse box under the bonnet and found a 10A fuse marked "airbag" there. Thing is, when I pulled that fuse out and then turned the ignition on, I didn't get the "airbag fault" message. I didn't want to risk the airbag deploying, so thats as far as I got.
Can anyone tell me exactly where the airbag fuse is on an SSV? If not, is it good enough to simply disconnect the battery? The problem is, I need to re-connect the battery half way through to turn the car on so I can turn the steering wheel 90°! Is that risky if the fuse is still in?
id personally disconnect the battery, that way you know the car has lost all of the power, you are assured there will no mystery circuits that may still keep parts of the air bag system active,
great write up there troy