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Old 11-15-2012, 08:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Steering wheel damage

I had a driver pull right out in front of me without yeilding. I hit my horn and out of reaction and dented in the pontiac badge. I also want to replace my cruise worn control button. I need a How-to on this.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There are a couple of threads from 07-08 that cover this.

I have swapped out my steering wheel and pulled both the control switch sets out for painting. Its not difficult.

The book says you should pull the battery terminal for safety however I have done mine three times without doing so and it was not a problem. Even my GM World Class tech told me that its normal to remove and replace the steering wheel without pulling the power.

If you sit in the drivers seat and face the steering wheel, by looking at the left and right sides fo the steering wheel from the side, you will find a small hole on each side, in front of the wheel spokes. These holes are access holes for releasing the locking clips for the airbag. Use a phillips head screwdriver or an allen wrench inserted into the hole to push the locking clips free while pulling out on the airbag assembly.

Once you have the airbag assembly unlocked from the steering wheel, you will see two cables / connectors that you can unhook and remove.

Once the airbag assembly is removed you will have access to the cabling and retention bolts for the steering wheel controls. To replace one, remove the bold for that side and pull the control assembly out of the steering wheel. You can purchase a replacement control assembly from Crate Engine Depot or the GM source of your choice.

I bought a replacement steering wheel from

http://www.sourceoneautoparts.com/

that included the control assemblys
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I just checked and you can pick up just the switch module from SS

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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How is the wheel center badge removed? Maybe I can push the dent back into place?

Rob, Thank you!!! This forum is GREAT!
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How is the wheel center badge removed? Maybe I can push the dent back into place?

Rob, Thank you!!! This forum is GREAT!
To the best of my knowledge, the center badge is molded in to the air bag cover, not a separate piece.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If u were talking about the Pontiac badge on the steering wheel, u can kinda pry around it to "pop" it out (off of the steering wheel) ...you will see it has little clamp like sides to hold it in...
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Wait for confirmation though, I did mine like that, but others here know a lot more than me
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I had a driver pull right out in front of me without yeilding. I hit my horn and out of reaction and dented in the pontiac badge. I also want to replace my cruise worn control button. I need a How-to on this.
Any help is appreciated.

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That is a bummer to hear about your accident. I hope you're doing well in spite of the incident. For ordering the parts, a GM dealer should be able to provide at least a quote. All Certified GM Parts are backed by a warranty. Please keep us posted on the outcome of the repairs. Thank you.

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Old 11-15-2012, 02:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No accident, Thanks to Solstice 4 wheel disk brakes, My Lil girl stops quickly!
I'd like to pop it (badge) off the steering wheel center, but will wait for confirmation.
Undoing the airbag makes me a tad nervous! It might hurt.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Undoing the airbag makes me a tad nervous! It might hurt.
Unhook the battery and wait ( I think it's 10 minutes, but I'm allergic to exploding air-bags, so I'd wait MUCH longer). Maybe you better research how long?
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:01 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I tryed a dental pick and a auto upholstery tool, but the badge won't budge.
Is it screw attached from behind?

I ordered a FSM,but it is about 10 days from delivery. Then I'll give it a go.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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You know, I dont have an answer to your question. I will have to take a hard look at it. I have had the airbag off several times but never really looked at it from the back. It might just be tabbed and glued in place. I would try hitting it with a little warm air from a heat gun (hair dryer) and see if it loosens up enough to pop it off.
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I have yet to see a parts diagram that shows a removeable "badge" in the center of the air bag. The place where I picked of the two illustrations had about 10 - 12 different part numbers for the airbag, depending on color of the interior and whether Pontiac, Sky, Daewoo, or Opel.

I have looked at mine very closely and I cannot see a seam between the badge and the airbag cover.

Frankly, I wouldn't mess with it, I just hate it when an airbag goes off in your face, especially if there are sharp tools between the airbag and the face. (Ouch!) :

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Old 11-20-2012, 08:24 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I kinda was hoping it was just a snap in, like a tire/wheel center. Anyone who has ridden has not noticed, but I do cause I'm an owner who appreciates a perfect street roadster.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:27 AM   #15 (permalink)
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The center badge is a small flimsy piece of metal that has several small flimsy metal tabs around it. It comes out rather easily by prying on it however, its almost impossible to removed from the airbag without messing it up beyond repair. Some have been able to remove them, but it is very very difficult because the metal is so thin.
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