How to Remove a Rover 200 Steering Wheel

Written by russell wood
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The Mark III Rover 200 is a small car that was produced by MG Rover from 1995 to 1999. As is the case with a lot of cars, there is a group of fans dedicated to the Rover 200, and to modifying them in all different ways. One popular modification is swapping out the steering wheel for a racier model.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set
  • Torx-head socket set
  • Steering wheel puller tool (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pop the bonnet and disconnect the negative cable from the battery using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Unbolt the positive terminal, using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Allow the vehicle to sit for 10 to 20 minutes once the battery is disconnected before you start working on it.

  2. 2

    Remove the two screws from the back side of the wheel, using a 3/8-inch ratchet and Torx-head socket. Slowly pull the airbag out from the centre of the wheel and disconnect the wiring harness attaching the airbag to the steering wheel, using your fingers to release the clip on the harness. Take the airbag out of the car and set it down face up--with the horn button pointing toward the sky--for safe storage.

  3. 3

    Loosen the single bolt in the centre of the steering column using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets. Pull on the steering wheel straight back toward you to remove it, but do not remove it from the vehicle. Unclip the wiring that connects the steering column to the steering wheel, using your hands to release the single harness clip that secures the wheel to the column.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a steering wheel puller tool on the steering wheel, which may make the process somewhat easier.
  • Always store the airbag face up, and away from any electrical source. Otherwise, the airbag could become a projectile.

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