Occasionally, you may need to remove the steering wheel from a Mini Cooper in order to replace it due to the wheel having worn out or just because you want to have a different style of steering wheel. Removing the wheel is a job that can be done in less than an hour. Remove the steering wheel yourself, saving you the time and money of having a mechanic do the work for you.
Unfasten the negative battery cable of the Mini Cooper from the battery post with a socket wrench before removing the steering wheel. Locate the two dimples in the steering wheel column, one on each side, just behind the wheel.
Slide a small screwdriver into both dimples, one at a time, and push in on the spring mechanism until you feel the airbag release from the springs. Remove the cover from the centre of the steering wheel by hand.
Detach the wiring connectors inside the steering wheel with a small screwdriver, prying up on the clip to unlock it and lifting the plug out of the socket. Locate the three trim pieces around the inside of the wheel and unfasten the Torx screws behind the steering wheel that are securing the pieces with a Torx screwdriver.
Lift the trim pieces off the steering wheel and detach the electrical connectors on each trim piece by hand, setting the trim pieces out of the way. Disconnect the horn electrical wire from the steering wheel by hand.
Remove the steering wheel bolt in the centre of the steering wheel with a socket wrench. Pull the steering wheel straight from the column by hand, threading the wires through the centre of the steering wheel.
Always remove the negative battery cable of the Mini Cooper from the battery post before attempting to remove the steering wheel.