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I've 2003 a 406 2.2 estate and I want to remove the centre of the steering wheel. You depress this to sound the horn but I guess some nerk has fiddled in the past because it only works if depressing one side!

I learnt by studying a dismantled car, there is a hole in the base of the steering wheel, you prod a screwdriver in there which moves aside a spring steel ring, and the centre is then freed for removal.

Thinking about the fact the air bag is inside I wonder what I have to do first!!??!!

Is it :confused::confused:a matter of disconnecting the battery and leaving the car for half an hour before hand, or is it more I wonder....

Any advice please, Help !
 

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Air bags are not the hazard some would have you believe you need to push that spring quite hard to release it they tend to only pop at 1 side be VERY carefull pulling the airbag out as the wires need to be disconnected from it as you pull it out.

You are not being carefull to avoid it firing you are being carefull not to break the wires :)
 

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Okay jobs all done now and I accord with all of the great advice above (Thank you)- here's some of my comments / findings.
1) Its almost a job from hell because you need to be super confident.
The job is to push upwards a retaining spring steel - 'U' shaped wire that retains the steering wheel centre piece. The latter has 4 claws that clip on the 'U wire' but will become free when the wire is moved upwards inside the steering wheel)
2) pushing a screwdriver or rod up through the hole in the base of the wheel sounds easy but for me it was not
3)The advice above that it easy to push up but unknowingly steer the U to one-side is true which then makes it harder to move any more.
4) The wires to the air-bag have slack but are fragile but I managed to work without disconnecting them
5) Yes, the four contact points for the horn circuit were corroded as suggested and after cleaning these I found the the horn worked perfectly.

Now the important bits
-Forget the rod or normal flat bladed screw driver, get an old, long, electrician's flat bladed screwdriver and grind a good 'v' or 'u' cut-out in the end so that it will saddle the wire you are going to move.(no slipping off then)
-Carefully feel around with this new tool - you have to be confident you have found the base of the 'u' wire before pushing up.
- Prepare to be Samson - it took all my upwards knee power on the head of the screwdriver to shift the U wire.
- Only some of the claws may release when you push up but if you then back off, all may then spring away.
- Once apart - check the U wire - I found it was bent so removed and straightened it.
- To ease future disassembly put a tiny pit of polish on locators for the U wire (where mine was seized at the start)



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