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I have a 2000 S500 and want to remove the stock steering wheel to replace with a wood/leather wheel. I have a standard steering wheel puller, my question is about the airbag- is disconnecting the battery first enough to prevent problems with airbag deployment or SRS warnings after removal of steering wheel? Has anyone done this - swapped wheels? Any pointers appreciated, thanks.
 

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Yeah I would like to know too. I have a 03 s500 and would like to change the steering w...

Yeah I would like to know too. I have a 03 s500 and would like to change the steering wheel but dont want to spend extra on having the dealer do it.
 

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Success at removing/changing wheel

OK I finally got brave and tried (successfully) removing the wheel to upgrade to a wood/leather wheel on my 2000 S500 (got the wheel on E-Bay.) I think for later models there may be more warnings after disconnecting battery, ask your dealer what happens if battery is disconnected on your car. First I disconnected battery and made sure that ignition was turned OFF and key was NOT in ignition. Left battery disconnected for about 30 min. Purchased a set of Torx "L" shaped wrenches as a set at Autozone for $6.99, as a regular screwdriver type torx wrench is too long to fit behind wheel. Also purchased a "hex" head socket in size 10mm to remove the nut holding the wheel once airbag is removed. This socket looks like a 10mm allen wrench that was cut off and fitted into a 3/8" drive socket. Torx size 30 is the one that fits the airbag removal screws. Removed both airbag screws (access from holes behind the steering wheel,) once the airbag is off there is a bright yellow clip with 2 wires at the center of the airbag, note the position the clip is facing so that it is re-installed the same way, and pull it straight out. There is also a connector that attaches to a circuit board for the radio and phone knobs, that just pulls off easily. Set the airbag aside. The 10mm nut holding on the wheel is on REALLY tight, had to use a breaker bar and a long pipe wedged in the old wheel to hold it from turning in order to get it off. An impact wrench would have worked well here I think but I didn't have one available. Note the steering wheel position before removing the nut and put the new one on in the same position. Once the nut is off, the wheel just pulls right off the shaft, be careful to feed the wires for the airbag and radio/phone knobs through the hole in the back of the wheel. Installation is the reverse, feed wires through hole, align and put on wheel, install nut. I wrapped the pipe in a towel and used it to hold the wheel from moving to re-install the nut as it has to be pretty tight. Then re-install both clips on the airbag assy and install it with the 2 screws. Once it was all back installed, after starting the car I got "ABS" "ESP" and "AIRMATIC" warnings and "VISIT WORKSHOP". Turning the steering wheel all the way to the left and then all the way to the right a couple of times cleared the warnings. Also had to re-sync all 4 windows to make the automatic function work (lower all the way and hold switch 3 seconds, then raise all the way and hold switch 3 seconds.) I also reset the sunroof the same way. I did not lose the radio stations I had set, and the clock reset itself to the satellite signal in about 5 minutes. All in all not too bad, total cost about $15 in tools from Autozone and about 15 minutes of time.
 

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OK I finally got brave and tried (successfully) removing the wheel to upgrade to a wood/leather wheel on my 2000 S500 (got the wheel on E-Bay.) I think for later models there may be more warnings after disconnecting battery, ask your dealer what happens if battery is disconnected on your car. First I disconnected battery and made sure that ignition was turned OFF and key was NOT in ignition. Left battery disconnected for about 30 min. Purchased a set of Torx "L" shaped wrenches as a set at Autozone for $6.99, as a regular screwdriver type torx wrench is too long to fit behind wheel. Also purchased a "hex" head socket in size 10mm to remove the nut holding the wheel once airbag is removed. This socket looks like a 10mm allen wrench that was cut off and fitted into a 3/8" drive socket. Torx size 30 is the one that fits the airbag removal screws. Removed both airbag screws (access from holes behind the steering wheel,) once the airbag is off there is a bright yellow clip with 2 wires at the center of the airbag, note the position the clip is facing so that it is re-installed the same way, and pull it straight out. There is also a connector that attaches to a circuit board for the radio and phone knobs, that just pulls off easily. Set the airbag aside. The 10mm nut holding on the wheel is on REALLY tight, had to use a breaker bar and a long pipe wedged in the old wheel to hold it from turning in order to get it off. An impact wrench would have worked well here I think but I didn't have one available. Note the steering wheel position before removing the nut and put the new one on in the same position. Once the nut is off, the wheel just pulls right off the shaft, be careful to feed the wires for the airbag and radio/phone knobs through the hole in the back of the wheel. Installation is the reverse, feed wires through hole, align and put on wheel, install nut. I wrapped the pipe in a towel and used it to hold the wheel from moving to re-install the nut as it has to be pretty tight. Then re-install both clips on the airbag assy and install it with the 2 screws. Once it was all back installed, after starting the car I got "ABS" "ESP" and "AIRMATIC" warnings and "VISIT WORKSHOP". Turning the steering wheel all the way to the left and then all the way to the right a couple of times cleared the warnings. Also had to re-sync all 4 windows to make the automatic function work (lower all the way and hold switch 3 seconds, then raise all the way and hold switch 3 seconds.) I also reset the sunroof the same way. I did not lose the radio stations I had set, and the clock reset itself to the satellite signal in about 5 minutes. All in all not too bad, total cost about $15 in tools from Autozone and about 15 minutes of time.
thank you ! my cl600 2001 used 27mm torx which i used a 1/4 shafted driver about 3 inches long.
 
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